Butterfly's Flight Helps Explain Autism to Children

The Butterfly’s Flight: A Story About Autism and Hope
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With the growing prevalence of autism, most adults know at least a little about the condition. However, with estimates at 1 in 110 children being on “the spectrum”, parents may soon find their child is interacting at school, on sports teams and in the community with an autistic child, but cannot fully comprehend why their new friend is different. A new book by a mother of a child with autism is the perfect choice to help young children understand and accept.

Heather Porazzo grew up in the small town of Bridgewater MA, but now lives in another small town in South Carolina with her husband and two sons. She realized her dream of becoming an author after her own family was touched by autism.

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She wrote “The Butterfly’s Flight: A Story About Autism and Hope” as a way for parents and teachers to introduce the concept of autism to children and the characteristics and challenges that are part of the neurological disorder that hinders communication skills and social abilities.

The story follows a Baby Butterfly who did not come out of his cocoon like other butterflies. Mother and Father tried to reach their son, but he seemed to be in his own world. The parents sought help from wise Mr. Owl and, with much love and support, Baby Butterfly was able to emerge from his cocoon and navigate the big, often over-stimulating world.

In addition to raising awareness, Ms. Porazzo also hopes the book will help to foster a more welcoming world for the many children who have an autism spectrum disorder. “The more that people understand, the more accepting they will be,” she writes on her website. Her favorite words are Hope, Love, Can, and Trust.

The Butterfly’s Flight is written primarily for young readers between the ages of four to nine. The book is beautifully illustrated by Ms. Porazzo’s mother Barbara Laubinger. It is available through Amazon.com and through the website www.HeartHugBooks.com. List price is $14.99 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to autism-related charities.

NOTE: Today, January 12, 2011, Heather Porazzo will be featured on the Chris Treece Show on BlogTalkRadio at noon where she will discuss “The Butterfly’s Flight.” To listen, the call in number is (347) 633-9495. The interview will be also be archived and available at www.thechristreeceshow.com.

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