Every family with a child has many funny and sad stories to tell about their children growing up. One teacher used her stories about her special needs son to teach and educate her class about autism. As a mom with a child with autism, Alima Newton has had many of the same challenges other families with autism experience. It takes a special story teller to create a message from an everyday life experience to engage young audiences to want to hear the tales repeatedly from year to year. Alima captures her young students as she tells the story about Andres. She discusses his fears and the things that make him happy. The school children listen intently to the stories and learn about autism. Both Alima and her son, Andres are talented artists and the storytelling became a family project that allowed them both to recreate real life experiences in a beautifully illustrated storybook. The artwork is a combination of mother and son, and the words are those of Alima as if she were in her classroom sharing Andres’ story with her students. “What’s wrong with Papa, an autism survival story is the first in a series of children’s books that examine autism as a family condition”. As an artist, mother, teacher, and author, Alima Newton has created a beautiful story that depicts the real life of a family who focuses on the positive attributes of raising a child with autism.
February 26, 2014