A Mother’s Story About Her Beautiful, Talented, Brilliant, Funny, Sweet, Loving Child… Who Happens to Have Autism
Summerland, CA, February 27, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Autism is a scary word. Let's face it. It is not known where it comes from and there is currently no cure. Parents want to have all of the answers for their children and want to make everything better--perfect even--for them. But Autism and the mystery surrounding it doesn't allow for that. When Billy, the son of Kristin and John Arniotis, was diagnosed at age 2, there were a ton of unanswered questions and a great amount of uncertainty about what the future would hold for him. His parents felt a little helpless. They didn't have the answers. They didn't have the certainty. What they did have and what they were certain of was their unconditional love for and devotion to their son. So, rather than focus and dwell on the uncertainty, they decided to focus on the things that were certain. Much like every other child, Billy loved to run. He loved to draw pictures. He loved to....love! And his family loved him. So this book is about all of the certainties, the positives, and the love. And, as an afterthought, Billy has autism. And for his family, that's okay!
Praise for “I Have Autism and That’s Okay”
"The Arniotis book is a social story for the rest of us. It shows us how to look past the label of autism to see and appreciate the people inside. This is a must read for everyone who knows a child with autism."
- Wendy J Ross, MD, FAAP; Founder, Autism Inclusion Resources; and Director, Center for Pediatric Development
"The Arniotis family is built on love, faith, courage and compassion. And because of this, Billy the sweet angel that he is, is soaring higher than ever."
- Cara Garland, Pediatric Occupational Therapist
“Watching Billy’s journey through the voice and eyes of his Father has always been and will always be one of the brightest part of my days. When Billy comes to visit his Dad’s work he runs into my arms and hugs me with all of his might. This book gives you a glimpse into the world of an amazing boy who makes so many of us feel so loved with every hug.”
- Jason Leibowitz, Executive Vice President of Sales, Annie Mac Home Mortgage
About the Author and Illustrator
Kristin and John Arniotis live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. John, a Native of East Rockaway, NY, is a Consultant for a mortgage company. John enjoys snowboarding, camping, fishing and spending time with his sons and family. Kristin was raised in Philadelphia and is a stay at home Mom to their four sons Billy, Nicky, Jake and Anthony. Kristin enjoys spending time with family and has always enjoyed writing.
“I Have Autism and That’s Okay” by Kristin Arniotis - ISBN: 978-0-9891121-6-1, $21.99
Published by Summerland Publishing in California
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