The Melangui

This post highlights the importance of using visual imagery to help kids understand sorrow and despair. Written by a mom with an autistic son, she shares a unique book called The Melangui. Check out the book for purchase and copy its theme with kids who struggle to communicate their strong feelings. The Melangui makes it obvious that you don’t have to be an “artist” to successfully use painting and drawing, although the author, Sara Schneckloth, is quite gifted.

366 Days of Autism

It’s happened again on our campus.

Another young person.  Another life cut short.

After reading my post, “Life” a colleague gave me a book for Tucker.  I’m always so appreciative of these thoughtful, out-of-the-blue gifts. In fact,  I’d prefer to never have birthday gifts and instead receive the ‘I just HAD to get this for you out-of the-blue’ gifts.

Now, in the midst of another loss, I’m compelled to tell all of you about this book.  Why?  Because I think it’s great…and so did Tucker.

It also seems fitting because earlier this week my children and I had a conversation about sadness.  We talked about how being sad and having anxiety are natural and important.  We shouldn’t try to fight off sadness…if we feel it, it’s real.

We wouldn’t know happiness without sadness.  We wouldn’t know peace without anxiety.

These opposites are simply a necessity in our emotional…

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