Monday, May 8, 2017
Thank you Kevin Clash and Constance Marks for coming together and sharing each of your talents to produce this touching and inspiring documentary!
Michelle Fischer is host of A View from My Window, a podcast produced by The Arc of Indiana
Monday, May 1, 2017
The book follows six-year old, Mathias. He has a mom, dad, a younger sister Emma and a cat! Does that sound like your family? :) Mathias was diagnosed with being deaf and having cerebral palsy when he was two years old. His mom and dad were sad for a bit, but Mathias' happiness made life a little easier! Attitude is the foundation for how you will be able to cope with things and make adjustments.
Through the words and pictures that make up this book, Mathias never loses his bright smile or that undeniable sparkle in his eye! He goes to school, plays with his sister, loves rock music, goes to the doctor and has physical, occupational and speech therapy. He types on a computer so that he can communicate with those who might not know sign language like his family does.
All of the adaptations that Mathias uses to help him either to physically function or otherwise, doesn't mean he's not smart or funny. Those who may not have the ability to speak because of how cerebral palsy affects them have many valuable things to share and with the aid of communication devices, can give voice to those valuable things and connect with those around them in a meaningful way!
This book is a wonderful resource for children, parents and teachers. It has a wonderful glossary of supplementary information, encouraging kids to ask questions about cerebral palsy because asking questions and taking in information is a great thing!
Thomas Bergman shows in this short book, that no matter what it takes to get around, those with disabilities, in particular cerebral palsy, are going many places, indeed!