Monday, April 30, 2012

Autism Awareness Doesn't End in April

To say that I'm excited over how Chicken Boy is touching people since MeeGenius published it in early March would be an understatement. It seems now people are buying it on both the digital platform as well as the print version that came out last week from ASD Publishing

I have already gone to the school in Nutley that won the library of books from MeeGenius and spoke to the class there twice. Next week, I'll be at another elementary school in NJ talking about the book. And still other people have reached out to me about coming to their child's school. (I know we're hitting the end of the school year  - but I plan to continue talking about the book into next year and as long as people want to hear about it...just drop me a note if you have a school in mind.)

There are a few public events coming up as well.

I will be at the Well Read Book Store in Hawthorne NJ on Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 pm 

Facebook event link
I will be at Jarets Stuffed Cupcakes in Nutley NJ on Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 pm

In late June, I'm traveling to Maine to talk about my adult novel...but naturally I will be discussing Chicken Boy as well. I find I want to talk about it wherever I go and I really appreciate the enthusiasm others have as they download the book or get a copy in the mail. (And when you do...please take photos and share them on my Facebook page for us all to see!)
Lastly, I wanted to share this wonderful blog from a teacher in California. He was discussing autism awareness with his 6th graders and read the book to them and had them write 'reviews' to turn in to him. So wonderful to read each of them.

Remember: Autism Awareness month may be ending today on April 30th...but awareness doesn't need to end.  


  1. Would you like to publish an article on Autism and fitness? I work for Suzanne Gray a nationally recognized fitness guru in Autism and fitness in Willowbrook, Illinois. Here's an article on fitness she wrote for Autism Awareness month:


    More than half of the nation’s children with Autism are overweight. Being overweight can cause numerous problems such as: bone and joint issues as well as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This has influenced Suzanne M Gray, a fitness expert, to create exercise programs for individuals with autism.
    Gray is the CEO of Right Fit Sport and Wellness Center in Willowbrook, IL, and has been creating fitness programs and working with individuals who have special needs for more than 30 years. She has seen how exercise improves an individuals’ motor skills, muscle tone, and socialization skills. Exercise is also beneficial in eliminating self-destructive and self- stimulating behaviors in children with Autism.
    Her latest program, “Five to Stay Alive,” consists of at-home activities recommended for children with autism to help fight obesity. They include:
    1. Around the Block. Create a neighborhood path for children to follow and have your child run this path a designated number of times per day. He/she could wear a pedometer to measure steps and calories and track progress.
    2. Raise the Bar! You’re a Star! Start with a dowel rod and raise it over head and back down. Eventually this can be substituted for weight bars.
    3. Chair Squats. This movement is required for most power moves of the lower extremities and most athletic events.
    4. Push-ups. If your child is able, have them do a designated number of push- ups every day.
    5. Jumping Jacks. Again, depending on where children are on the spectrum, will make a difference in how many they can do.
    Chart all progress on a chart and keep track of repetition and loads. Offer incentives as motivators such as stickers or a fat-free dessert.
    Kids with Autism benefit greatly from exercise. A structured routine is essential to see results. Another fitness tip is to combine music and play with exercise because it enhances the child’s sensory response while boosting independence, happiness and self-esteem. “The biggest benefit”, says Gray “is weight loss”. Be sure to check out Suzanne’s book, “101 Games and Activities for Youth with Autism”, and her DVD “Raising the Bar: Exercises for Youth and Adults with Autism”, for more information on fitness for individual with Autism. To learn more about Suzanne Gray log on to