Threeish years ago I stumbled across a series called “With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child.” Its a big manga too, all 8 volumes clock in at around 500 or more pages each. It tells the story of the Azuma family whose first son is born autistic and the struggles they go through raising him in a society that doesn’t quite understand what autism is. Its a journey of struggles, joys, confusion and one that grows increasingly complex as time moves on.
I recently received the fifth volume as an Easter gift (would you believe the fifth and sixth book are out of print?) and currently I’m reading through this amazing series. As an educator, I think it should be on the shelves of every teacher who has a student with Autism. It is a resoruce that adults and children can read and find enjoyment and a wealth of knowledge within. The books also include further resources and Keiko Tobe was a genius in writing this. Its heartbreaking to know she died in a car crash after completed the 8th (13th in Japan) volume.
I can’t describe in words how much I love this series. My career at the moment is as a substitute teacher and I am reguarlly in a special education classroom. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with two students and have a friend, who have Autism. Reading this books has given me a cultural look at Autism as well as a better understanding of life once students go home. Because the thing about working with kids all day, is that you think about them and spend late hours looking up more things for them. That being said, read at least the first book in this wonderful series, you will only find ‘the light’
- intellectually, those with Autism have average to above average IQ’s
- Autism is comorbid with intellectual disability (40%)
- 1 in 88 children will be born with Autism.
- Boys have a 1:54 chance of having autism
- Boys are 4 times more likely to be born with autism
- 10 million children worldwide have been diagnosed with Autism