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Sunday, December 1, 2013

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“People always ask me when I knew that Noah was …different. I never know how to answer that question. Knew is a really strong word.”  Kelley Jo Burke, from Ducks on the Book: A Parent Meets Autism.

Ducks on the Moon: A Parent meets Autism by Regina writer Kelley Jo Burke is a unique book that covers the first five years in the author’s evolving relationship with her autistic son.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also known as autism, is a neurological disorder that causes a development disability. It affects the way the brain functions, resulting in difficulties with communication and social interaction, unusual patterns of behavior, activities and interests.

There are approximately 200,000 individuals with ASD in Canada and it is estimated that one in every 150 children is born with an autism spectrum disorder.

Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism is one of the first books published in Canada that gives witness to the experience of parents of autistic children. Ducks on the Moon: A Parent Meets Autism includes the text of Kelley Jo Burke’s dramatic “stand-up” documentary that provides an honest, raw and often humourous portrayal of day to day life in a family with an autistic child. As a crucial resource for parents the book also includes current and salient interviews with parents of children with ASD as well as leading experts in the field.

While engaging the general reader, this is a book that challenges misconceptions about ASD, and offers provocation and inspiration to parents and teachers who have an autistic child in their lives.  

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