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This book is dedicated to my nephew, Jaxson. It is through his strength and uniqueness which gave me the courage to be tested and ultimately diagnosed with ASD. So, because of him, I am able to be who I am meant to be completely and creatively. So “Thank You,” Jax.
I want to take a moment to dedicate this installment of the Saving History Series, School Bound, to all the children, teenagers, young adults and even adults that are currently being bullied, or who have survived being bullied. I am a product of being bullied myself, so I want you to know that there is hope for you. You can survive and become someone you never knew you wanted to be, just like I did. You are never alone with what you are going through, and know that there is help out there. You have to have the strength to reach out to someone for help. If the people you are telling about the abuse are not helping you, then tell someone else. And if they do not help, then keep telling others. Never stop telling your story, even after it is heard.
As you will see, my characters know a thing or two about being different, and you will see how they cope with it. Each person is different, and we all hurt in some ways the same. Suicide is NEVER the answer. You will survive and get through these times, so NEVER give up on yourself. When you learn to love and accept everything about you that makes you so unique, you will be stronger, so when others talk about you, they will have less power over you. You are perfect in every way! Remember, when someone is saying things about someone else because they are different, the same can be said in reverse about them being different too.
We, the bullied, are just too modest to overpower others by pointing out just how much our differences are from another person. It’s called “respect and acceptance.” We rise above the bullies and give them the “respect” everyone deserves. We give them the “acceptance” in which all people should be, as who they are with their differences.
I would like to take the time to dedicate this installment of the Saving History Series, to all of the parents, grandparents, friends, and teachers who have the privilege of being around and getting to know a Gifted Child. As someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder myself, I know how hard it is to make friends, but once we have then, we keep them forever. These Gifted Children can do more than most people, but just in a different way. That to me is what is so amazing about them!
My nephew Jaxson went from non-verbal Autistic, to now low verbal Autistic. By the age of five, before he was speaking, he was spelling words out in Russian, then he started teaching himself Mandarin. Again, his brain works different that almost everyone else’s, but he is also one of the smarted people I know at the age of seven. His parents are the best in the world and never give up on him and always push for him to learn as much as possible. So again, thank you all for either raising a Gifted Child, or are friends with one, or you teach several of them. You all make a big difference in their lives and I thank you.
I would like to take the time to dedicate this installment of the Saving History Series, Loose Ends, to everyone who is living with any form of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) on a daily basis. As someone who is living with Asperger’s, I can understand how difficult things are for us at times. I can also see how things are difficult for those around us as well. I believe that we are born special for a reason, so I challenge everyone to find their reason. Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t do something because of your ASD. You can prove them wrong, because I know you can do anything you set your perfect, genius mind to. We will change the world, we just have to try regardless of what others say.
Now I want to also dedicate this installment to anyone living with a reading disorder, such as Dyslexia, like myself. Reading has always been very hard for me at a young age, but I also was not aware I had Dyslexia and ASD. Because I was made fun of for my reading slow, I chose not to read. I know I missed out on so many great books because of the choice I made, because of what others thought of me. I’m begging you all to ignore anyone who says anything about your reading skills and keep reading. One day you could be an Author, Editor, or even a Publisher. You control your future, unlike the characters of the Saving History Series, so pick up a book and read at your own pace. The goal of reading is just to relax and enjoy another world. Trust me, you will be surprised how much you actually love to read, and even how much you can improve without even trying.
We are all the same, yet different at the same time, but we are all people. I can’t wait to read some of your works in the future. You are never alone, you all always have me on your side.