Author-therapist Victoria Marin Offers a Glimpse of Autism

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Picture book illustrates how to treat children with the developmental disorder

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An article, posted by News Channel 25 on August 13, 2012, reveals a controversial column in the website “Autism After 16”. “Eyes Wide Open” by Julie van de Poel attacks the subject of bullying and shares her autistic son’s experience as a victim of violence. Such article stirred powerful responses from readers in support of van de Poel’s call for vigilance. In line with this, author-therapist Victoria Marin crafts an insightful picture book titled “Aiden’s Waltz”, a compelling work that illustrates how to treat children with autism. In her creation, Marin highlights the importance of upholding a positive self image despite having autism.

In this sublimely reflective tale of Aiden Walsh, the new kid with autism at school, the reader is taken to his poignant yet fulfilling sojourn to acceptance and finding strength within himself. From peering through a frosted window while watching boys and girls playing soccer, Aiden rises from the shackles of autism as he dances across the ballroom floor with the grace and elegance of a swan.

“Aiden’s Waltz” provides a subtle and visually appealing way in dealing with autism to parents, educators, therapists, and just about anyone who seeks to understand the developmental disorder. In the end, Marin shares with the reader that children with autism are like every other child who needs love, care and respect.

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About the Author

Victoria Marin graduated from New York University in 1995 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. As an Occupational Therapist, she gained recognition for the innovative use of the Nintendo Wii with the elderly in a rehab setting. Marin held a position in the Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council and was a member of the Dominican College Professional Advisory Council. She presented on the benefits of a multi-sensory approach for the treatment of elderly patients with dementia. As a stay-at-home mom, she is an active member of a Church where she is a catechist and Eucharistic minister. Marin was raised by Italian immigrants in Orangeburg, New York and is now living in New Jersey with her five children--- her inspiration for writing.

Aiden's Waltz* by Victoria Marin
Publication Date: February 22, 2012
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4691-6271-3
Picture Book Hardcover; $25.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4691-6272-0

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