Do you know too well the struggles of a child on the autism spectrum who can’t seem to fit into the molds of traditional society? Do you identify with the grief of parents who don’t understand why their child screeches like a pterodactyl or bear-crawls through the hallways? Do you feel the frustration and sadness from parents who mourn the simplicity of going to birthday parties and out to dinner? Do you recognize this story?
Author Amanda Irtz recognizes this story, but she doesn’t let it take over her life. Irtz is the mother of child on the autism spectrum, and instead of focusing on the struggle that comes with raising her son, she takes pride in his unique individuality, reminding herself that there is nothing wrong with her son – or with her. The Clouds that Chase Us is a story of how one mother uses daily meditation, breathing exercises, kindness, and a whole lot of patience to help her child and herself get through each day. This book is for those who are parents, sisters, brothers, or friends of a child on the autism spectrum, and it reminds us that apologizing for uncommon behaviors or sensory meltdowns is never necessary.
The Clouds that Chase Us is a beautiful reminder that love, truly, is unconditional.
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