Three beautiful Tallaght boys on their journey of autism
By Mary Dennehy
A TALLAGHT mother of three autistic sons has written an honest memoir in the hope of helping other families, and also to emphasise that her children, or any people with autism, should be accepted for who they are.
Originally from Avonmore in Tallaght, Susan Smith Carey’s three sons, who are now 20, 18 and 17, were eventually diagnosed with autism, asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, dyspraxia, learning difficulties, anxiety and depression.
When her boys were young, Susan wrote her feelings down in a diary, which she claims was a way for the young mam to vent her frustration and also keep a record of her kids’ behaviour.
According to Susan, who is a first-time author: “Last year my sons asked me what it was like when they were babies so I gave them my written notes and suggested they read [the notes].
“They did and said that they were funny in parts and sad in other parts.
“They also said I should write a book from it as other families may find it helpful for the challenges that they may face, so I wrote my son’s stories in this book… and I am happy to think that my book and some of its suggestions may help other families.”
Susan added: “The title [of my book] From a Moth to a Butterfly: A Journey of Autism emphasises that my boys are not what labels them.
“They should not have to fit into the norm of society, but should be accepted for who they are.
“The moth represents how some people perceive others with an invisible disability, while the butterfly is how I see my boys.
“To me they are beautiful, unique and individual people who will flourish when given love and understanding.”
From a Moth to a Butterfly: A Journey of Autism is now online at sbpra.com, amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com