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Bode Abifarin sheds light on autism, resilience with book ‘The Boys with Happy Feet Dance’

Bode Abifarin sheds light on autism, resilience with book ‘The Boys with Happy Feet Dance’

By Tomisin Fatoba

An inspiring book, ‘The Boys With The Happy Feet Dance,’ sheds light on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, focusing on navigating these challenges and fostering resilience.

The book authored by Bode Abifarin, chronicles the remarkable journey of a mother’s unwavering dedication to her twin boys; Ethan and Nathan, both on the spectrum, and unfold narrative from both the children’s and their mother’s viewpoints, weaving a tapestry of experiences.

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At the launch held recently in Lagos, Abifarin emphasized, “‘The Boys With The Happy Feet Dance’ is more than just an autism story. It’s a testament to the enduring power of love, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her children.”

She explained that the book offers valuable insights for parents navigating the autism spectrum with their wards, while simultaneously warming the hearts of all readers. Attendees at the event were deeply moved by the poignant journey shared within the book’s pages.

Part one, narrated by the boys themselves, takes readers on a journey through their world. They describe the joy of playing the piano, the thrill of learning to swim, and the confusion they face with occasional reactions to their outbursts. Their innocent voices paint a picture of resilience, determination, and a love of life that shines brightly despite challenges.

Part two, written by the mother, delves into the depths of her unwavering love and faith. She shares her experiences fostering patience, her unwavering belief in God for strength, and how her strong Christian faith provides a guiding light.

Abifarin stated that her memoir aims to not only inspire other parents but also foster empathy and understanding for children on the spectrum. In a heartfelt quote, she emphasized, “This book is a story of resilience, care, and nurturing. It’s about the love we pour into our children, watering the soil that is their growth.”

Through relentless research and collaboration with therapists, Ethan and Nathan’s mother equipped them with essential life skills. Beneficial diets, sports, and indoor activities were incorporated into their routines. Today, both boys have made significant progress on their journey to social integration, defying expectations and embracing their individuality.

Abifarin also highlighted the importance of early diagnosis, lamenting that many children remain undiagnosed. She stressed the need for increased awareness, support, and resources for parents and families.

The book has garnered praise for its multifaceted approach. Reviewer Lola Esan described it as “pure love inspiration, knowledge, and emotion,” a timeless gift to humanity.

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Esan emphasized its significance as a source of comfort and understanding for families navigating similar challenges.

She noted the positive progress in autism awareness but urged for continued efforts, including greater government support and community resources. She commended Abifarin for creating a beautiful book that promotes knowledge and understanding.

Lolade Alaka, the editor, highlighted the book’s unique perspective, saying it is special because it offers insight into the lives of individuals with autism and their caregivers, directly through the voices of Bode’s sons.

Alaka praised the book’s heart-warming narrative and the empathy it fosters for those living with ASD and ADHD.

The launch event underscored the increasing awareness and progress in understanding autism as guests urged continued support from both communities and governments.

The Boys with Happy Feet Dance stands as a testament to the power of love, perseverance, and compassion in overcoming obstacles, offering hope and encouragement to all those touched by ASD and ADHD.