Shonda Schilling to Speak on Experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Shonda Schilling, wife of World Series pitcher Curt Schilling, will speak about raising a child on the autism spectrum on Friday, October 1, 2010 in Riverton, New Jersey. Her talk will be hosted by Orchard Friends School, whose mission is to serve children with language-based learning differences and educate the community about those differences.

Riverton, NJ, September 12, 2010 --( Shonda Schilling, wife of three-time World Series pitcher Curt Schilling, will speak at Orchard Friends School on Friday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m. about her experience of raising a child on the autistic spectrum. Schilling's recently published book, The Best Kind of Different, recounts her family's journey as her husband and other three children come to terms with the fact that the third of their four children is on the autism spectrum.

Schilling's book is an honest and poignant story about managing life as a baseball wife and mother of four who must move her family numerous times for her husband's work while grappling with an often long-distance marriage, her childrens' attention deficit issues and her third child's diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Schilling's engaging, anecdotal style works well to illustrate the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder. At the same time, her book is an insightful reflection on family dynamics, and she writes honestly about how Grant's behavior and diagnosis impacted her marriage as well as the lives of her other three children. Readers of The Best Kind of Different will find themselves rooting hard for Schilling's family as they read.

Orchard Friends School in Riverton, New Jersey is a school devoted to students with language-based learning differences including autism spectrum disorder, and at the core of the school's mission is its pledge to educate the community about these differences. Each year the school hosts a speaker whose work or experience is relevant to the school's mission, and OFS is proud to host Shonda Shilling on Friday, October 1, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Sacred Heart Family Center, located at 102 Fourth Street in Riverton, NJ.

Schilling's talk is free and open to the public. Please call (856) 786-1123 if you plan to attend.

Orchard Friends School
405 Linden Avenue
Riverton, NJ 08077
(856) 786-1123
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