A mom’s book about autism changed her daughter’s life

A mom and her child hold a book together and smile
Minnesota podcaster and comedian Sheletta Brundidge, left, co-wrote"Cameron Goes to School" about her daughter Cameron, right, who is on the autism spectrum. The book is meant to teach neurotypical children about autism.
Courtesy of Sheletta Brundidge

Minnesota podcaster and comedian Sheletta Brundidge noticed her daughter, Cameron, wasn’t getting invited to play with the other kids. The then-kindergartener struggled to feel connected with her classmates. They didn’t think she was nice, because she didn’t talk at school, and she never made eye contact with them. They didn’t know it’s because Cameron has autism.

Brundidge realized that, just as much as adults do, children need help understanding what autism looks like in other children. The local podcaster and comedian co-authored a new children’s book, “Cameron Goes to School,” to teach neurotypical children about their autistic classmates.

Brundidge joins MPR News host Angela Davis to talk about the new book and her daughter’s autism journey.

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