This post is not about politics . . . it’s about autism. Chuck Colson passed away this week. Although the media has been highlighting information about his political career and his Christian prison ministry, there is something else that few mention. An important part of Chuck’s life was a grandson with autism. His name is Max.
Emily Colson, Chuck’s daughter wrote a book, Dancing with Max. It’s a heartwarming story of the challenges and victories their family have experienced as they discovered how to help Max manage his life successfully. The book reveals how Chuck became an important person in Max’s life. Grandparents of children with autism will be touched by the struggle and the story.
I highly recommend Dancing with Max. This book is not one of the “miracle cure” publications out there. It digs deeply into the frustrations, solutions, questions and answers that evolved for Max and his family. A well written book, it will be worth the time and will provide another level of understanding about how autism affects families.
I had an opportunity to interview Emily on a webinar where we talked about the Picture Talk communication strategies she learned to use with Max. She’s an insightful mom and the communication techniques she developed are a model for others to follow.
Condolences to the Colson family.