In this sublimely reflective tale of Aiden Walsh, the new kid with autism at school, the reader is taken to his poignant yet fulfilling sojourn to acceptance and finding strength within himself. From peering through a frosted window while watching boys and girls playing soccer, Aiden rises from the shackles of autism as he dances across the ballroom floor with the grace and elegance of a swan. Aiden´s Waltz provides a subtle and visually appealing way of dealing with a disability to anyone who seeks to understand the emotional side of developmental disorders. In the end, Marin shares with the reader that children with disabilities are like every other child who needs love, care and respect. Aiden´s Waltz was awarded a 5 star rating by Readers Favorite Book Reviews.
Victoria Marin graduated from New York University in 1995 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. As an Occupational Therapist, she gained recognition for the innovative use of the Nintendo Wii with the elderly in a rehab setting. Ms. Marin held a position in the Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council and was a member of the Dominican College Professional Advisory Council. She presented on the benefits of a multi-sensory approach for the treatment of elderly patients with Dementia. As a stay-at-home mom, Ms. Marin is an active member of her church where she is a catechist and Eucharistic minister. Raised in Orangeburg, NY by Italian immigrants, the importance of family, friendship and respect was emphasized. Now living in New Jersey with her 5 children - Christopher, Jonathan, Lauren, Sienna and Ryan, she finds her inspiration to write in them. Through her children, she has observed life in action and has learned many valuable life lessons which she is honored to share with you.
Excellent book! The reader is drawn in to the story. As a teacher, I found this book to be well written and easy for my class to understand. My class easily related to the characters and the themes of bullying and children with special needs led to great class discussions.