How to Talk to an Autistic Kid
How to Talk to an Autistic Kid by Daniel Stefanski (Free Spirit Publishing, 2011)
Daniel Stefanski is fourteen years old and lives in Indiana with his parents and one brother. He was four years old when he was adopted from an orphanage in Bulgaria. At age nine, he was told that he was autistic. At first, he thought it meant “artistic,” which he also is. Daniel explains ”I am autistic, but that´s not all I am.” His Dad explained to him that his brain is wired differently from other kids.
Daniel understands he´s different and has embraced his life. He wants to teach others about autism. “Don´t feel sorry for me. I have autism, but I´m cool with who I am,” he says. “How to Talk to an Autistic Kid” is his first book and one that everyone should read. Regardless of age there is something to learn from Daniel´s frankness and humor. Judge Tom is the reviewer this month and recommends it not only as a Great Read but a “must read.”
In a short presentation, he describes some of the characteristics of autistic kids and explains how to respond to their behaviors. Daniel suggests ways to speak with and how to approach someone who is different. In a sentence he speaks for many autistic children: ”I have goals and dreams, just like you do.”
Daniel has participated in the Special Olympics and other competitive golf events. He is an animal lover and volunteers at a local shelter. He also enjoys writing and drawing and wants to help you better understand autism and the people who have it. As he states in his book, “I will always have autism, but that doesn’t mean my future won’t be great.”
That is obvious, Daniel. You are on your way and we look forward to your next book.