Understanding and facilitating the high-functioning typically autistic child – An informative real-life story of a family dealing with the challenges of autism.
July 22, 2016: Author Alex Cullison is proud to announce the official publication of A Journey of Inches, an emotional and revealing account of a small family working together to de-stigmatize autism.
About The Book
A Journey of Inches was inspired by the social obligation of concerned parents to share their experience with this extremely challenging disorder. Knowing how isolating autism can be to a family, sharing knowledge and hope (with success stories) expresses the sole purpose of this paper. Every family’s experience will be different. This is simply an account of one family during a time when schools, health care professionals, and the population in general, knew little about autism. Special education was approached as a “one size fits all” in terms of disabilities. Parents had to be strong advocates for their child.
The story takes place in Fairfax, Virginia. The year is 1994. This might be considered the “dark ages” for autism. If it weren’t for the 1988 movie “Rain Man,” most people would have little to no knowledge of autism. Inasmuch as the film does create an autism stereotype, it also serves to alleviate many misconceived notions about autism. For example, autism is a neurological disorder, not psychological. It is also a spectrum disorder, meaning that some people have more autistic symptoms than others. The movie realistically reveals how love and facilitation can enable the autistic to enjoy a reasonably healthy life.
True to its title, the story explains how the child was first diagnosed and the small thoughtful steps the family took to deal with the issues associated with same. A Journey of Inches explains how the parents, Diana and Alex, educated themselves about the disorder and fought the institutions that seemed intent on marginalizing their son’s potential. Their son Alexander, courageously struggles and fights against all his autistic tendencies to accomplish the seemingly impossible. He wanted to act in the school play, play sports, go to prom, get a driver’s license, and generally be accepted.
The printed version in digital (eBook/Kindle) enriched with real family photographs. The audio version narrated by a professional voice actor who masterfully bring the story to life.
Praise for A Journey of Inches:
“A Journey of Inches” is a fascinating, thoughtful, and heart-wrenching story of one’s family struggle to deal with a disorder that is becoming more prevalent in our society. Overall, this book is very informative and engaging. This is a must read for anyone who has an autistic child in their lives!” Suzanne L., MA., Special Education Teacher
A Journey of Inches is available as a digital download and audio book. Go to Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes, Audible, and other such websites. For more information (Dr. Cullison’s bio and other publications), please visit www.DrAlexCullison.com or contact Doc@DrAlexCullison.com.