Tuesday, March 3, 2015
What Color is Monday?
I became aware of Carrie Carrielo when I read a blog post titled, I Know What Causes Autism. According to Carrie, mother of autistic son, Jack, he was Borned with it as his younger sibling put it one day! And yes these children are BORNED with it. It is up to parents, siblings, grandparents, therapists and teachers to help them navigate the world that seems so strange to them. Like most mothers, Carrie knew something was wrong with Jack almost from birth. ( Note to self...always pay attention to that maternal instinct). As a result of Carrie's diligence, Jack was diagnosed early. Then came therapy appointments, special preschool etc. The things our family know all about now as well. Carrie's book, What Color is Monday? is a great read for anyone who has just been faced with the diagnosis of Autism. Carrie begins at the beginning and shares the journey of their family and how Autism has impacted their lives. While Carrie shares the grittier side of the disease, she also shares the happy times with Jack. His mind works in a beautiful mysterious way. Carrie also emphasizes how Jack's siblings have been such a help to him, each sibling in his or her own way. After reading this book, I found out she has a new book out called, Someone I Am With Has Autism. It deals with Jack as he has grown into a tween. After reading What Color is Monday, I feel as if this author is my friend. I guess that is why I keep referring to her as Carrie rather than Ms Carriello. Her writing style is very reader friendly and I breezed through What Color is Monday in one day. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about autism.