Local first time author hopes book will help parents of children with autism


Local woman Susan Smith Carey has just released her first book which deals with events that occurred throughout the lives of her three sons who have autism.

Titled “From a Moth to a Butterfly”: A Journey of Autism,” the book tells how a mother creates the very best life possible for her three sons.

Susan Smith Carey’s sons are now 20, 18, and 17 years old and she says when they were born people weren’t familiar with autism with some having never even heard of it.


Susan says her sons asked her last year what it was like for her when they were young and urged her to publish her journal so others could be helped with their own challenges. She said.

 “The title From a Moth to a Butterfly emphasizes 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 perceive others with an invisible disability, while the butterfly is how I see my boys.

“They are beautiful, unique individual people, who will flourish like anyone else when given love and understanding.

“When my lads were babies, I wrote my feelings in my diary. At the time, it was just to vent frustration, plus if you’re asked to log behaviors, it saves time if you’ve already begun doing this.

“Last year my sons asked what it was like when they were young. I gave them my written notes, which they thought fun in parts and sad in others.

“They urged me to publish so others could find it helpful with their own challenges.

“This book is based on true events that occurred throughout my sons’ lives.

“I’ve also written some deep poetry.

“My two younger sons, Michael and William, helped with the initial synopsis for the book. Michael wrote,

“This is the story of how a mother ensures the best lives for her three sons is ultimately met.

“I am happy to think that my book and some of its suggestions may help other families.”

FROM A MOTH TO A BUTTERFLY: A JOURNEY OF AUTISM (ISBN: 978-1-63135-379-6) is now available and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:
http://sbprabooks.com/SusanSmithCarey or at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.