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Autism and Christmas

Autism and Christmas

Autism and Christmas

The closer we get to Christmas, and the older he gets, the more involved he becomes. He starts asking about when our tree will be up, what colored lights will be on the tree, and how much time off will he get. If we try to skip anything (like outdoor lights for example) he now knows to call us on our slacking.  Autism and Christmas promises to be interesting this year!

Autism and Christmas

Autism and Christmas

More than any other holiday or occasion, my son loves Christmas. He is just like me this way. It is more than just the presents that he loves, there are so many surrounding factors as many of us know.

These days it begins after Halloween when we visit the big box stores. The Christmas decorations are on full display in the blink of an eye and he knows that the time has begun.

This is the beginning of all the sights and sounds that he loves. The beginning of lights, fake snowmen, bells and commercials on TV. After Thanksgiving, things really start to kick in!

This holiday season has run rife with inconsistency and deviations from tradition. We have already changed the routine with Thanksgiving this year. We told the grandparents we would visit them for Christmas so they skipped Thanksgiving at our house for the first time in twelve years.

Now we will be traveling and not spending Christmas in the home. We shall see what happens!

 

Mark Ferdinand is the writer of the adventure novel “Fortune on the Spectrum”.  He lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, tiki-carving, and repairs occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues. Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

After completing his first novel, Fortune on the Spectrum, he decided to compile a group of lifetime stories that brought him to the unusual occupation of snake venom extraction called You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!: Harrowing Tales of Herpetology.

Books by Mark Ferdinand are available here:

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Autism and Thanksgiving

Autism and Thanksgiving

Autism and Thanksgiving

As I write this we are preparing for this year’s thanksgiving festivities. This year, however, promises to be a bit of a blow to his routine. For the last ten years or so, we have enjoyed visits from his grandparents for the entire week. I would take most of the week off, and we would enjoy visiting, eating, drinking, and going to restaurants. This year is a new experience with autism and Thanksgiving.

What leads me to believe that he will be at least slightly thrown off, are the questions coming up this year now that he can identify the fact that this year is different.

By this time his grandparents (called Oma and Opa) would have been here. By this time I would have already taken off work. He is happy to be off school and at home, but he knows that something is amiss.

Autism and Thanksgiving

Autism and Thanksgiving

Update: Maturity does have a positive effect on his dealings with changes. Thanksgiving came and went, and we informed him repeatedly that we would be seeing Oma and Opa on Christmas and that “This year is different”.

He now understands that when we say “Today is different” or “This year is different” he is in for a change to what he is used to, and better be ready to deal with it. I promised to take him to the restaurant on the following weekend, and we ended up making a father/son day out of it.

Autism Author Mark Ferdinand

Mark Ferdinand is a Texas author living on Padre Island with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues.

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Books by Mark Ferdinand are available here:

Amazon Page

iTunes

Google Play

COLORADO AUTHOR

COLORADO AUTHOR

Colorado author Mark Ferdinand is the author of the autism adventure novel Fortune on the Spectrum and the book You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!: Harrowing Tales of Herpetology.

Mark was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado attending Longs Peak Jr. High and Longmont High School. He earned a degree in Technical Journalism at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He now lives on Padre Island on the Texas coast, but is still a frequent Colorado visitor with ties to the family cabin.

Colorado Author

Colorado Author

Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues.

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Colorado Author

Colorado Author Novel

After completing his first novel, Fortune on the Spectrum, he decided to compile a group of lifetime stories that brought him to the unusual occupation of snake venom extraction called You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!: Harrowing Tales of Herpetology.

For those like the creepy crawly reptiles and amphibians. Fun tales from amateur fun to professional pitfalls.

Colorado Author

Colorado Author – Book of Reptile Stories

From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians.

Whether it’s a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! has a story that all “herpers” and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.

Corpus Christi author and Colorado author Mark Ferdinand. Mark writes novels with autistic characters, Texas fiction, and true tales of reptiles and amphibians. Paperback, Kindle and Android app.

Autism Author

Autism Author Mark Ferdinand

Mark Ferdinand lives on Padre Island with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues. An autism author with experience.

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Autism Author

Author Mark Ferdinand

Fortune on the Spectrum

Denny Jagen lives on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico. He is diagnosed with autism at three years of age, but has a unique gift, a fascination with money. This fascination becomes a talent for day trading and he becomes the youngest, self-made millionaire in Texas history.

Living on the Gulf of Mexico with his family, he has experienced close calls with storms and hurricane watches, but never a direct landing. This all changes when by accident of fate, he is left home alone with a category four hurricane heading straight for his town.

Autism Author

Fortune on the Spectrum

Denny was diagnosed with autism at three years of age. Autism gave him the gift of obsession. This gift made him the youngest, self-made millionaire in Texas history. Autism also made him vulnerable to the forces of the outside world, of both society and nature.

Fortune on the Spectrum is the journey of an unstoppable young man, destined to succeed and challenged to survive. Denny’s story takes you through struggle, humor, love, and danger from the voice of an atypical mind.

Fortune on the Spectrum is published independently and is available through Amazon Books in both paperback and Kindle e-book format.

Contact Info:
Email: markferdinandbooks@gmail.com

 

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Texas Romance Novel Cover

Just for fun once again. I am getting a kick out of creating a Texas romance novel cover using the title of my book, Fortune on the Spectrum.  I love the covers for Texas romance novels and as an author from Corpus Christi, I wanted to get in on  the action. Here is my latest…

Texas Romance Novel Cover

Texas Romance Novel

Autism Novel

Actual Cover

Above is the actual cover for Fortune on the Spectrum.

Mark Ferdinand lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues.

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Corpus Christi author and Texas author Mark Ferdinand. Mark writes novels with autistic characters, and Texas fiction.

 

Autism books on Kindle

My 2015 novel – Fortune on the Spectrum is available in Kindle format from Amazon.

Fortune on the Spectrum is an adventure with the main character on the autism spectrum. Autism helps the character with his talent of picking and trading stocks to the point that he becomes the youngest self-made millionaire in Texas history!

The character makes impressive amounts of money in the stock market with ease, but faces challenges in dealing with society and the whims of mother nature. All the money in the world is of no help when encountering a determined bully or a natural disaster.

Autism books on Kindle. Available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle.

Fortune on the Spectrum by Mark Ferdinand

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Autism Father – Fortune on the Spectrum

Autism Father

A father has mini adventures with his son on the autism spectrum.

Autism father Mark Ferdinand is the writer of the adventure novel “Fortune on the Spectrum”.  He lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, tiki-carving, and repairs occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues. Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

After completing his first novel, Fortune on the Spectrum, he decided to compile a group of lifetime stories that brought him to the unusual occupation of snake venom extraction called You’re Gonna’ Get Bit!: Harrowing Tales of Herpetology.

autism father

autism father

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See also “Autism and Fatherhood” by Mark

Storms blackouts and autism

A few nights ago, a major thunderstorm hit the coastal bend. I went to bed early so as to start the week refreshed. Somewhere around midnight the crack of thunder struck and the ding dang dog started yapping, startling me into consciousness.

The storm continued for hours. I never was able to get any decent sleep that night as the entire family played musical beds and the dog couldn’t calm down until the thunder stopped.

The night was rough for all of us, including my son with autism. Things are better now that he is older but storms, blackouts and autism can be a bad combination. My son uses electronic gadgets and the internet for comfort and entertainment and when these are cut off he is distressed.  Now in his teens, he is much better at comprehending the loss of electricity and understanding that eventually power will return.

Sometimes there is a positive outcome for my son when it comes to power outages. Two days later, another storm hit us in the daytime and his school was closed for the day. I had to miss a day of work to pick him up but he was quite pleased with it all.

A portion of my novel, Fortune on the Spectrum, deals with more disastrous natural events that our main character has to get through. Not a fun thought to explore but our character overcomes a lot in this saga. Storms blackouts and autism

 

Autistic character author Mark Ferdinand

Corpus Christi Authors

Corpus Christi Authors

Mark Ferdinand lives, works and writes on North Padre Island in Corpus Christi. While many Corpus Christi authors are not widely known, Mark’s adventure novel Fortune on the Spectrum has been honored with a spot on the Best Books about Texas list.

The City

The city of Corpus Christi plays a role in the story but much of this fictional account relates to any coastal town on the Gulf. Beach life, island life and natural conditions on the water in hurricane country all are prominent.

Fortune on the Spectrum is a unique adventure novel. A journey in the life of the youngest self-made millionaire in Texas history.

Corpus Christi Authors

Mark Ferdinand in novel promotion video

Corpus Christi Authors

Corpus Christi author Mark Ferdinand

Mark Ferdinand lives on the South Texas coast with his wife, daughter and son. Fishing the surf, hunting, gardening, carving, auto and home repair occupy his spare time. He has written on the topic of autism spectrum disorder from a father’s perspective in parenting articles and in other non-fiction venues.

Having limited typical communication skills, his son introduced Mark to new ways of interpreting his needs and aspirations. As his son grew older Mark became fascinated by the story potential within these amazing children. This prompted the creation of a dynamic adventure story focusing on a character with autism.

Mark is about to publish his new non-fiction work entitled You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! Harrowing Tales of Herpetology.

From chasing frogs as a child, to milking venomous snakes for a living, Mark Ferdinand explores a lifetime of tales from the world of reptiles and amphibians.

Whether it’s a quest for his first turtle, keeping crocodiles in his closet, or chasing snakes around the workplace, You’re Gonna’ Get Bit! has a story that all “herpers” and nature lovers can relate to and enjoy.

Son with autism and I back out on the kayak

It’s spring. It’s warming up. It’s time for new adventures!

Spring has arrived and so has warmer weather. It was not warm enough to swim, but a great day for getting out on the water. We have a large kayak with an electric motor that gets us around the local waters nicely. I can be out for hours with this setup, but with my son along I play it a bit safer to not risk running out the battery.

As usual I promote my book, “Fortune on the Spectrum”. It’s an adventure novel with the main character on the autism spectrum. If you can put up with my nonsense, thank you for watching…