Mother Helps Children Accept Those with Autism

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Suzanne B. Bartlett, M.D. pens new book inspired by her son, John.

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According to the organization Autism Speaks, 1 out of every 88 children are diagnosed with autism. When her son, John, was diagnosed with autism, Dr. Suzanne B. Bartlett was inspired to write A Friend Like John: Understanding Autism (published by AuthorHouse), her new children’s book teaching young readers about autism. Having spoken to John’s classmates annually and having used the techniques presented in her book, she decided she wanted to now share it with others in hopes of fostering acceptance of those with autism.

“A Friend Like John,” intended for elementary-aged peers of children with autism, is based on the life and traits of Bartlett’s 8-year-old son, John. There are obvious differences between children with autism and others, but Bartlett hopes her book teaches children about the things these individuals have in common with each other.

On each page of “A Friend Like John,” questions are posed to the reader. For instance, it asks children, “Have you ever felt like that?” Her goal is to foster acceptance of children with autism by developing friendships with their classmates and family. The puzzle piece, which has become a recognized symbol for autism, is used throughout the book, highlighting interactive questions to the reader.

“I hope that readers will have an increased understanding and acceptance of individuals with autism,” explains Bartlett. “This book illustrates the fact that children with autism have many similarities to typically-developing children.”

About the Author
Suzanne B. Bartlett, M.D., a practicing physician, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, is the mother of a now 11-year-old son with autism. She is currently the President of the Autism Society of Iowa, and a member of the University of Iowa Autism Center Advisory Council. She served as a member of the Act Early Autism Summit sponsored by the Center for Disease Control in February 2008. Bartlett speaks regularly at the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College, and has presented at the University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics, the Center for Development and Disabilities, and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She has assisted the Iowa Governor's Autism Council in the recent passage of health care legislation. She is also actively involved with the organizations Autism Speaks and the International Society for Autism Research.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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