Kathy Tolar takes inspiration from her grandson to pen a book detailing the experiences of children diagnosed with autism

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Author Explores Autism from a Child’s Point of View

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Being different is not always a bad thing, you can most likely turn it into something positive, if you try hard enough.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one out of every 110 American children have an autism spectrum disorder. With this in mind, Kathy Tolar has penned a book for families living with an autistic child designed to give information to parents, caregivers and children alike.

I Must Be from Another Planet” (published by AuthorHouse) tells the true story of a boy named Simon who thinks he may be from another planet because he acts and feels differently from his classmates. Tolar shares his experiences in a short story detailing his treatment and transformation from negative feelings to positive self-esteem after being diagnosed with autism.

“This book can touch on several emotions, from humor to sadness to relief,” Tolar explains. “It can be used as a tool for others who may not recognize these symptoms as being in the autism spectrum.”

Simon’s experiences are based on the real-life experiences of Tolar’s grandson, Chance, and by sharing his story, Tolar is hopeful that it will help other children understand why some of their peers might be different and should not be made to feel ashamed or inferior because they have autism. The book’s colorful illustrations and simple text will appeal to young readers.

“Being different is not always a bad thing, you can most likely turn it into something positive, if you try hard enough.”

About the Author
Kathy Tolar has six children and 24 grandchildren and works as a childcare provider. She and her husband, Tim, reside in Swannanoa, N.C., with their two grandchildren, Chase and Chance, and their daughter, Ginger, who is also Change’s aunt and created the illustrations for this book. Tolar is an active member of her community and plans on publishing more children’s books in the near future.

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 authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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