Murphy Mother’s Creativity Helps Her Son and Others
Due to the fact that Murphy resident, Lori Yarborough is a Pediatric Physical Therapist, she knew what was going on with one of her four children before he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of three. (Yarborough explained that the term Asperger’s syndrome is no longer used by the medical community.)
When this child was four years old, his siblings started asking why their brother was different. A year later, he started asking what was going on with him, asking “Why does my body act different than other people?”. Yarborough decided to become creative. She told him, “Hey buddy, you have superpowers.” She went on to explain his “Supersonic Hearing”, “Absolute Select Focus”, “Super Sniffer” and so much more. Her son said, “Thank you for telling me.” As time progressed, anytime he struggled with things related to Asperger’s, she assigned the struggle a superpower and explained how it affected him. She wrote these superpowers down and supplemented them with helpful hints. The hints were originally designed so that his siblings would know what to do to help him. Hints included when their brother was “overwhelmed by his supersonic hearing, he won’t be able to figure out what to do. If you see him covering his ears, you can help him find a quiet place where he can regroup. Headphones also help block out too much sound.”
When her son was eight years old, he was working on a group project for school. A member of that group had severe autism and during the project he stopped responding to the other group members. Because of his experience with “superpowers”, Yarborough’s son was able to explain the “superpower” of “Absolute Select Focus” (ASF) adding that right now, the group member doesn’t even hear the others talking to him. The mom overheard the conversation and was thrilled. She told Yarborough, “I’ve never had anyone explain this in a positive manner. And, he did it so other children understood.” At this point, Yarborough realized what she had created for her family was a tool that others needed. She decided to write a book.
She hired Murphy resident, Lori Freeland to be her editor and Natalie Merheb to be the illustrator. In October of this year, she self-published the book, “Nathan’s Autism Spectrum Superpowers”.
Yarborough said the book is specifically based on how she has helped her son deal with life. She points out, “All of these situations are very common to children on the autism spectrum or who have sensory issues.” She said because of the book, her son sees the positives of Asperger’s. This is one of the reasonsshe published the book. Yarborough said, “Every kid needs to feel like they are wonderfully made and that they are loved.” This belief is a paraphrase from Psalm 139:14, “I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.”
She is in the process of creating a series of books which she titled, “One Three Nine Inspired”. She has already sent “Hannah and Her Downs Syndrome Superpowers” to her editor and illustrations are in the works. Forecasted availability date on thisbook is spring 2019. Following the publication of that book will be “Xander and His Cerebral Palsy Superpowers”.
There are many aspects of “Nathan’s Autism Spectrum Superpowers” that Yarborough considers her favorite part. She likes the illustrations, the “Reaction Regulator” which is a one-to-five scale that can help regulate or control emotions and the “Helpful Hints”. Her favorite quote is found towards the back of the book, “Well, that was exhausting. I’m going to go play with my building bricks. In my room. By myself.” – Nathan. She likes that quote because it is exactly what her son would have said.
This book will be beneficial to kids on the autism spectrum and their family, friends and caregivers. It will also help people who have no experience with kids who have special needs to become empathetic and compassionate to those with special needs.
Yarborough will have a book signing at Popcorn is Bliss (410 W. FM 544, Ste. 104, Murphy) Dec. 9 from 2 p.m – 4 p.m. Popcorn is Bliss will also hold a drawing for a large gift basket. “Nathan’s Autism Spectrum Superpowers” is available on Amazon as an ebook and in paperback. The price on Amazon is $12.95. During the book signing the cost will be $10.00. It is free as an ebook on Kindle Unlimited. For more information, go to www.onethreenineinspired.com, www.facebook.com/onethreenineinspired/, www.instagram.com/superkidsbooks/ and email firstname.lastname@example.org.