In the Rankin Family fantasy series, Five Days of Darkness, one of the main characters is Charlie, a seven-year-old autistic child who is also telepathic. Charlie can receive and send information to another person without the use of speech or sign language.
character mirrors my son’s
life. Antoine was born with two deadly disorders:
Hydrocephalus and Neurofibromatosis, which left him severely disabled.
His autism took a back seat to these two
grave diseases. Nevertheless, he did have a behaviorist and speech
therapist. I remember her
telling me I was Antoine’s worst problem, because I allowed him to
communicate with me through his special language, which she didn't
accept or believe in.
The special communication language
she referred to was Antoine’s ability to let me know sometimes through
telepathy what he desired. So, it was easy for me to tell Charlie’s story and
the relationship he had with his parents and others. I describe from experience how
difficult and frustrating it was for Charlie’s parents to accept their
perfectly beautiful child's condition. And it was just as frustrating for Charlie
to know his parents didn’t understand him until the unforeseen happened that
changed their lives forever.
another perspective about the mental and emotional abilities of autistic
children. In the Metaphysical world, Charlie is called a Rainbow child. Rainbow
Children are the third generation of divine children (Indigo and
have reincarnated into the Earth’s plane. One of their purposes is to
heighten the awareness of
humankind's 6th sense and the psychic powers they have. However, many
educators, psychologists, and medical professionals tend to disregard
the intuitive abilities of autistic children as some New Age fad or a
denial by parents to accept
their child as autistic
Charlie’s character brings out these disparities and
gives the reader and in- depth look into the mind of an autistic and telepathic
child in a very entertaining, fast-paced story.
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