A of A Contest: Danson: The Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings
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"Danson is 9-years old, nearly non-verbal and autistic, these words are Danson's blessing for the world..."
This book represents a selection of Danson's writings from February 2008 to June 2008. Unless otherwise noted, all words were spelled out on his alphabet board. We considered whether to edit the misspellings in Danson's poetry and came to the conclusion that we should leave them as written to give the reader the most authentic sense of his work.
- Michele Pierce Burns
I saw a man in plain life making stars into gold for Mom…. (p.7)
Through these words and other poetic writings, a 9-year old child speaks. Danson was diagnosed as “mentally retarded” and functioning at a 1.9 year old level just 2 years ago. Miraculously, while being nearly non-verbal, he now communicates through the Rapid Prompting™ Method, by pointing to letters on an alphabet board.
His young voice breaks through the deeply shrouded fears held about the fastest- growing disability in America; a developmental disability that is more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. This complex disorder, affecting 1 in every 150 children, impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others.
Now, a new book offers a window into the inner world of an autistic child. DANSON: The Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings (St. Lynn’s Press, April 2009; www.stlynnspress.com) is the loving collaboration between 9-year-old Danson Mandela Wambua and his mother Michele Pierce Burns. Through poems, stories, and “conversations,” written from October 2007 to June 2008, the co-authors offer the much-needed gift of hope to families and teachers of the 1 million autistic children in America today. The book also contains sections on “Resources” that offer autism support; “Danson’s Skool,” with highlights of his school experiences and one he dreams of creating; and “Peaceful Sleep Meditation,” which Michele speaks to Danson at bedtime. Danson gives voice to his universe through his lyrical poetry and insight into humanity.