My Child Wasn’t Born Perfect
My Child Wasn’t Born Perfect: Learning Disabilities and Autism, The Quest and Success of a Child by Kimberly Bell Mocini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am not afraid to face the world knowing that I have a learning disability. If you believe in yourself and keep working hard, your hopes and dreams will be within your reach and it will surely be the beginning of a brand new day.
This personal memoir describes, from a mother’s perspective, the challenges, setbacks, and triumphs of JD, a boy diagnosed with a learning disability at a young age. Each chapter covers a stage of his educational years, and within JD’s story, his mom includes insights, suggestions, and encouragements for parents, educators, and children with autism or other learning disabilities.
I had the opportunity to meet the author of this book this weekend at a sale. I hadn’t heard of her or her book, but after a few minutes talking with her about her son’s learning disability, their battle throughout his educational career to get him the help he needed to excel, and his subsequent successes, I felt compelled to pick up her book. As I expected, it was a very touching, heartfelt story; but it was also chock full of information and encouragement for parents of children with autism and learning disabilities. It was a wealth of knowledge, and with the book being organized chronologically, it would make an excellent reference guide for parents to hang onto, review, and draw encouragement from as their child grows. During the early childhood and grade school years in particular, there’s a lot of fabulous practical advice that can help a parent feel less overwhelmed in helping their child who learns differently. Although I’m sure much of this information is available elsewhere as well, it comes across more effectively when tied directly to JD’s story.
My only small criticisms were that I did notice a few editing errors (“clicks” instead of “cliques”, a missing article, etc), and I wish that there had been more examples of the struggles he had in socialization — it was difficult for the reader to pinpoint specific identifying qualities or attributes that were part of his disability in this area.
Overall: A touching story of overcoming a learning disability, generously supplemented with resources and encouragement for parents, educators, and those with learning disabilities themselves.