· Whooo's Coming to Dinner?
· Cats & Mice, Twice as Nice!
· Snorts, Paws, Tails & Claws!
· Can Angels Do Loop Dee Loops?
· Memories of Mount Dora Volume 2
· Memories of Mount Dora Volume 1
· Boomer the Bengal Cat by Karen Pitchford
· Harry Spotter the Incontinent Puppy by Paige Hanson
· Dream I Can by Susie Gallucci, Illustrated by Amy Sellers
· Believe I Can By Susie Gallucci, Illustrated by Amy Sellers
· Testimonial of a mural, a book and a girl
· Rest in Peace, Mr. Bennet
· Ladies of the Festival
· Thanks Leigh
· My BIG Idea 2 By Asa Sellers (10 yrs old)
· Soda Pop Falls
· 200+ Students Today
· Art Class Today
· The Ravioli Monster!
· Art by a child with Autism
· WTBQ Radio NY - The Frank Truatt Morning Show
· 1480 WHBC Morning Radio Show - Canton, Ohio
· KXYL FM Radio Interview Brownwood, TX
· WTLN: Public Service Announcement regarding AUTISM
· The Apopka Chief April 27, 2007
· FRONT PAGE!!! Apopka Chief April 20, 2007
· The Planter Newspaper April 13, 2007
· Apopka MY TOWN Magazine April 5, 2007
· The Apopka Chief March 23, 2007
· The Apopka Chief News July 28, 2006
· Inspiration sneaks up again...
· Thank You ♥Jesus
· HONEY ♥ BEAR
· The Daintiest Ballerina
· Before & After Make-Over... Dirty old DOGS!
· Le Salon.... Meoooow!
· “Mommy’s Little ♥ Fan Club”
· Memories Re-surfacing
· Chick from P.A.
· Christmas Eve Adventure
· Readers' Favorite 5 Star Reviews!!!
· Coming Soon... Snorts, Paws, Tails & Claws!
· WT Bland Mt. Dora Library Speaking Event with Amy Sellers
· Book signing event for Eben Alexander a huge success!
· 790am Radio in Leesburg FL.
· Orlando (Lake) Sentinel... Mt. Dora Artist...
· Barrel of Books in Mount Dora Florida Grand Opening
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1 in 150 Children born today will be diagnosed with some form of autism.
My Name Is Amy Sellers
And This Is My Story
My life's mission is to make every parent of young children (or grandparent, or friend of young children) aware of early signs of AUTISM.
My mother always used to tell me that life begins at 40. I never believed that until last year, when at the age of 40, my life took a complete 180 degree turn. That is when I found the strength and creativity to make sweet lemonade out of a giant lemon.
When my second child, Andrew, was an infant I often wondered why he would never look at me with a loving stare (the same way that my first son did when he was a baby). I would wonder what I was doing wrong to make my child not love me. When Andrew was two I wondered why he did not cry when he was swarmed and bitten by over two hundred fire ants.
Andrew was three when I asked our pediatrician why he could recite over twenty Dr. Seuss books (verbatim) but he could not understand me when I asked him a simple question, such as, "Andrew…would you like some milk?" He would simply start spinning in circles and repeat the question back, "Andrew, would you like some milk?"
Our pediatrician just said that he had unusual behaviors that he would likely outgrow. When I told her that a local schoolteacher had suggested that we get him tested for early development signs, she did not agree. She said that it would be cruel to label him as "Less then Perfect"; a label that would follow him for life.
My son was diagnosed with Autism at age four. I found out that he did not look at me in my eyes because he could not.
Children with Autism are often overwhelmed by sights and sounds. With so many stimulating sights in his
environment, his eyes were not able to filter outunnecessary images. When children are very severe, often times they cannot see objects when it is raining. They, instead, see every single rain drop. They cannot see beyond the rain.
I also found out that many children with autism are either hyper or hypo sensitive with touch, sight and sound. This is why Andrew did not cry when bitten by over 200 painful fire ants – he could not feel the pain.
Experts told me that early diagnosis is the key to success for autistic children. Those that get early intervention (before critical brain development) can receive therapy that can make a profound improvement in the child’s development.
For my entire life I have been an artist. I had been hibernating in the house and painting pictures for years. I sold lots of my work through the internet, but my most prized paintings were the ones that I did of my family.
When Andrew turned 7 he had completely run out of reading material. He had all of the rhyming books that I could find memorized. So one day I thought to myself, “Hey, I can rhyme…. I’ll write a book for Drew, myself”. Illustrating the books was fun as well.
When I completed the book I shared it with my sons. They all loved it. My oldest son, however, had other ideas for the book. He is a salesman just like his daddy! He said, “Hey Mom, maybe we could get the book published! Then, we can get lots of money, live in a big mansion and wear lots of fancy clothes”. I thought – that’s brilliant! But instead spending that money on frivolous things, let’s use it for something we want more. Let’s collect all the money and give it to the scientists who are trying to find a cure for autism. We can also use it to help other children and families affected by Autism.
A friend of mine saw the book and thought that my cause was a worthy one. She convinced me to fly to California with her to a book seminar. On the final day of the seminar we were invited to walk on stage, one by one, and share our ideas with the audience. Our idea was suppose to start with, “On Monday morning I will…” I stood on stage in front of six hundred people and exclaimed, “On Monday morning I will start a new charity called, “The Out of the Rain Society” funding autism research and assisting children and families affected by autism. I’d like for all of you to find the website that I will begin to create on Monday and buy my books and other products. Together, we can help thousand of children with autism.
When I completed my mini speech and started to head off stage, every person in the entire audience rose to their feet in applause. Several people were handing me their business cards and others were screaming to get my attention. It was at that moment that I new what my life’s mission was meant to be.
Since the day I started the foundation has grown with leaps and bounds. Much more qualified people than I are running the foundation. I am continuing to illustrate children’s books and donate all of the profits from the book sales to the foundation. I also speak to as many people as are will listen to continue to build my cause.
A week before our last charity dinner I had the urge to write down my thoughts in thanks to so many people that have joined our cause. When I began to write I truly believe that a higher power was speaking through me. The poem took less than twenty minutes to write and there was no second draft. I’d like to share this poem with you now.
“Angels In My Path”
The day my child was labeled less
My tears were hid by rain
This less then perfect child, they said
Could comprehend no pain
He’d see reflections in each drop
So many blinded sight
He could not see beyond the rain
Til angels shed their light
The day I vowed to shard the gift
That God bestowed in me
Angels walked along my path
So children blind could see
My Angels hid their faces
In the eyes of friends I love
And others sat beside me
Strangers sent by God above
The greatest angel who was sent
To make my life worth while
Was hiding in the little face
Of my less then perfect child
He taught my soul to stop and grasp
What life is truly for
A journey faced with lessons learned
And dreams we should explore
Together God has placed us all
To make those dreams come true
Power comes in joining hears
That are bound to follow through
I look out now at Angels sent
Your gifts are touching lives
I thank you now for helping my child
And all the other children
With the less then perfect eyes.
- Amy Sellers
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|Reviewed by Eugene Williams
|your mastery of the art of story telling is beyond all i hope to achieve but fear not i shall try.. thanks|
|Reviewed by R Beeman
|i am very pleased that i found your site. my friends son has aperts syndrome and is autistic also. i found great wisdom in your writing. thanks
|Reviewed by Denise Contreras
|You are an insperation. Moving story thanks for sharing your story and having the strength and courage to continue to write and share about Autism. My heart goes out to you and you family. Thanks for being here.
|Reviewed by Taylor Ryan
|It is so rewarding to see a parent make "lemonade from lemons"...may I simply say I understand, although my circumstances are a little different and my cause a quiet but resounding one.
In admiration and respect,
|Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader)
|In your honor today for chosing this path for your son and also all the parents and children who are affected by this. I've often wondered if my oldest daughter now 36 has this to a degree. The more I read about it the more I wonder. Thank you for being here and there. Lady J|
|Reviewed by Jean Pike
|Amy, what an absolutely beautiful testimony. I don't mind telling you, it made me cry. Now I am even more glad I bought your book! I simply cannot wait to share your stories and artwork with the children in my classroom.
God bless you, Amy, for the work you do in the name of special needs children.
|Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
|oh my dear friend...you've brought tears to my eyes while reading this very touching write. As an educator and a mother I try to be gentle when meeting with the parents of a child that I suspect has autism, during the past three years I have had two children with autism and two sets of parents who had never before been told, who both just assumed that their child had odd behavior traits. The little boy whom is in my class this year is a very well behaved child, but was also very anti-social at the beginning of the school year...each day when his parents come to pick him up, I am eager to give them progress. As the year has progressed, I have watched this very intelligent child become socially involved with his peers, he is more active at recess and playing tag, which he never did before. He is coming full circle in so many ways...he is participating with groups, coping with the noise level that sometimes occurs within a first grade classroom, he has a girlfriend, and a new best friend whom shares the love of illustrating, his creative writing is great, he loves science...his factual knowledge of animals is unbelievable, he is reading above level...and he loves recess! On one hand I am so excited with his progress while on the other, I dread letting him go at the end of the year. I have become very attached to him...I would love to sit down and talk with you someday...you my friend have been given a gift...use it! You are a blessing.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Moving story, very well done, Amy!
Now I know why you write about autism; your son Andy has it! That must be such a challenge; but I am happy to see he is making progress! Good for him! Good for you!!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D