I have written two powerful and gutsy books about my personal experience of living with a child with autism: Book 1: "Autism On The Frontline ~ Through A Mother's Eyes ~ The Early Years" (and) Book 2: "Autism Beyond The Frontline ~ Through A Mother's Eyes ~ The Teenage Years"
My recently self-published books are aimed for both parents and carers of children and teenagers with an intellectual impairment or indeed anyone who is interested in or has a direct connection with this often-misunderstood intellectual disorder.
My books are my stories, a mother's story. The first is about my young son who has autism and intellectual impairment: I tried to understand Matthew's world because he sure as hell couldn't understand ours!
The second is about when my young son becomes a teenager and how difficult it was for his father to understand, let alone accept his own son: School was the only place to keep Matthew safe - away from his father - away from any physical harm!
A mother, who has literally experienced this - on the frontline and beyond could only truly write these books! I am this mother! A survivor of the battlefield and the bewilderment of Autism!
In fact both these books would benefit any parent who has experienced a similar journey as myself, but who may not necessarily had the know how to put their own thoughts in writing or so bluntly and openly as perhaps the author did.
Both these books have been written with open honesty which includes many raw and painful admissions, as well as several wonderful achievements and uplifting moments. They carefully balance the good with the bad: the happy and the sad. If it happened, I wrote about it. If it was said, I wrote about that too.
The locations described in both my books vary between rural acreage and suburban surroundings, shopping centres, schools, car parks and other various public places of both frightening and interesting situations, which only a parent of a child or teenager with autism could clearly relate with their own de-javu or personal re-collective moments - good and bad: happy and sad.
Both these books are the genuine and true accounts of my personal experience of living with and raising a young child who grows into a teenager with autism. Parents, carers, as well as professionals, such as doctors, pediatricians, educators and even politicians would ideally read this book. Including book publishers, of course!
In fact, well-known and established publishers, would not only be giving themselves the unique opportunity to publish such books, they would be giving to those parents the wonderful opportunity to read informative and insightful books to which many will not only relate, but will learn to accept they are not alone in this often foreign and unfamiliar world of Autism!
These books could in fact allow for the stigma of Autism to perhaps become less misunderstood and become more readily recognized and therefore much better understood, let alone accepted, especially in today's ever-changing environment with more cases of Autism becoming more common among young children today. Heather Golding - Author
WRITTEN BELOW IS A 'SNEAK PEEK' OF A FEW POWERFUL PARAGRAPHS, WHICH HAVE BECOME IDEAL BLURBS FOR MY BOOK:
"Most parents are fortunate to actually hit the jackpot and score for themselves a perfect ten out of ten with the birth of a healthy baby, both physically and developmentally. I guess they are the lucky ones who only have to learn the hard task of parenting rather than the additional and much harder tasks of parenting either a physically or developmentally impaired child." The Early Years
"It felt almost like being in a foreign world littered with landmines; like being on the frontline, only this unseen enemy was hidden inside Matthew and known only as autism. Thus I always found myself treading carefully, trying not to accidentally step on any of those emotional landmines, which might suddenly explode!" The Early Years
"A shock of fear runs through the mind! There is no way you can ask someone to help look for him, as he would likely not respond to his name. Matthew would also not understand what he'd done, nor the danger in which he'd put himself." The Teenage Years
"Have you ever been in a room full of people - yet felt completely alone? That is often how I felt when in a public place, with my son. Without warning, Matthew would do something completely bizarre or behave in a typically autistic manner; instantly feeling completely alone and isolated, while being surrounded by other people, who simply had no idea, let alone any understanding of what had just occurred."