Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love: A Charter School, Teaching Methods, & Resources by Karen Ingalls

Delighted to share the news of the latest release from Karen Ingalls which is an essential guide to autism for parents and teachers. Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love: A Charter School, Teaching Methods, & Resources

About the book

Carol Tucker travels the road of autism and cerebral palsy with her adopted son, Justin, now a young man who routinely astounds physicians with his achievements. She is a special-education teacher, recognized leader in children’s advocacy, and one of the founders of Florida’s first charter school for autism, where she served as director. Through photos and stories, bestselling author Karen Ingalls shares Carol’s journey, then offers a wealth of resources, teaching methods, school choices, and financial-assistance options. With Karen’s unique insight, Learning About Autism shows how one very determined mother and her family can rise above daunting challenges to thrive and find happiness.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Other books by Karen Ingalls

All proceeds from the book sales go to gynecologic cancer research.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Karen: Goodreads – Blog: Karen Ingalls – Twitter: @KIngallsAuthor

About Karen Ingalls

Karen Ingalls is the author of five books of which two are award-winning. She has published non-fiction, biographical novel, historical novel, biography, and short stories. She is a retired Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Human Development.

Her most recent book, Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love tells the story of Carol Tucker and her adopted son, Justin. She is a recognized special education teacher, leader in the state of Florida, developer of curriculum and teaching methods, and co-founder and director of the first charter school for autism in Florida. Justin is a miracle who has astounded doctors and social workers with his achievements. He rose above his cerebral palsy, autism, and given up as hopeless.

Ms. Ingalls’s non-fiction book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, won first place at the 2012 Indie Excellence Book Awards in the category of women’s health. It was a top finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award of 2012 in the two categories of health and self-help. The book offers hope and inspiration to women and their families.

She wrote a series of twelve short stories in When I Rise: Tales, Truths, and Symbolic Trees.

Davida: Model & Mistress is about the love affair between her great-grandparents Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Davida. There are little-known facts about Davida except for her role as a model for many of the sculptor’s famous works. It won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and the Apple Award for 2016.

Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius, is about Murray Clark, who sought love and acceptance from his father, who was the bastard child of the famous sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. After reading Iron John by Robert Bly, Ms. Ingalls recognized what was missing in her father’s life.

She is a blogger, public speaker, author of many articles, and advocate for gynecologic cancer awareness and fundraiser for research. In her spare time, she loves to read and play golf.


Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could spread the news of Karen’s new release… thanks Sally.


70 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love: A Charter School, Teaching Methods, & Resources by Karen Ingalls

  1. Our son has autism (downgraded a few years ago to Aspergers) and, in the days before the Internet, the only books available blamed it on the mother not bonding at birth. It didn’t help! I can say from first-hand experience how valuable a book like this can be. xx

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    • Unfortunately, there was a theory called “refrigerator moms” in the 1960s, which was proven to be completely false. Scientific research continually proves the source to be differences in certain areas of the brain. The cause or causes are still being researched.

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      • Thanks, Karen. Fortunately, the understanding of autism has grown immensely since our son’s early diagnosis. We had superb support from a variety of dedicated people and he went from someone with no spoken language at the age of four, to a degree from Oxford University, marriage and two children. I can’t begin to express my gratitude for the help we received as a family. Books like this one work wonders in the way people view and respond to autism.

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  2. It’s wonderful to see Karen featured here! She is a gifted writer and someone I admire. I’m sure many teachers and parents of autistic children will benefit greatly from this book. Thanks for hosting, Sally!

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  3. My experience as an educator was that there was still so much ignorance around autism. Thank you so much, Karen, for your years of service in special education and writing this book.

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