As you know here at Lauren Simone Pubs, we blog about children's books written by talented youth or indie authors. Today, one of our very own advisory board members published her first book. We wanted to share the good news with you. I purchased a copy on Amazon. Here is my review below and a little bit about the author.
Faith Clarke in her book, Parenting like a ninja: An Autism mom’s guide to professional productivity, uses a fun, casual, and conversational tone to help the reader learn methods to see clearly and strategize ways to live in harmony while parenting a child with autism. While she understands not every child diagnosed with autism is the same, she argues that the principles for living a harmonious, productive, and fully integrated life apply. She is authentic and relatable in sharing her personal experiences with her son. In addition, she gives the reader time to digest the content and reflect on their own experiences as a mom of a child diagnosed with autism in each chapter (a section called Your Turn). Although this book was written specifically for moms of children with autism, I believe this book could be and should be read by all working mothers. If you have ever completed undergrad, pursued graduate school, and aimed towards a successful career, and something life altering changes those plans such as the birth of a special needs child, having to care for a sick or elderly parent, a spouse’s loss of income, or whatever the challenge you may be facing, this book puts life into perspective. The good news is you can still achieve professional goals with these strategies she puts in place and achieve work-life balance. Success is continually redefined as our mindsets are changed and our vision becomes clearer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. – Dr. Melissa-Sue John, author, social psychologist, and professor.
Faith Clarke is formally trained in Computer Science, Adult Education and Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Performace Psychology where she focuses on stress management and well being. In addition, she homeschools her three children, one of whom was diagnosed with autism. She is the author of Parenting like a ninja: An autistic moms guide to professional productivity and the CEO and founder of Melody of Autism, which is a program to support families caring for loved ones with autism by connecting them with trained care specialists with nuanced insights into their family's needs. Designed and implemented a comprehensive curriculum for autism care specialist training and autism sensitivity training that reflects cutting edge perspectives on autism and approaches to building deep connections and facilitating learning and development in people with autism.