Expect a Miracle: Understanding and Living With Autism

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“As an educator who works every day with atypical students, Sandy and David Petrovic’s book Expect a Miracle, is a gift. The book contains a wealth of insights into the needs of my students as well as helpful strategies on meeting those needs. The unique switching of narrative voice from Sandy to David serves to paint a wholly actualized, well-rounded portrayal of their journey. As a parent, Expect a Miracle provides a poignant window into the lives of families raising a child on the spectrum. What struck me the most reading the book was not the differences between families raising typical or atypical children, but rather the commonalities between all parents who only want the best for their children. In that most important way, the book builds bridges and creates a stronger community for all.”

-- Cynthia JB McGrae, J.D., M.A., Instructional Advisor, Academic Support Center at Notre Dame College
Book Description:

Have you ever felt like the odds were stacked against you just because of your disability?

Each person is unique in their own way. However, some people fail to recognize the beauty in our differences. On top of the hurdles persons with disabilities have in their lives, people often keep them inside a box. Told from the viewpoints of a young man with high-functioning autism and his mother, Expect A Miracle will shed light and a fresh perspective on a disability misunderstood by many.

Follow the powerful and inspiring story of David and Sandy Petrovic, and how they refuse to let the light in their hearts be dimmed by autism. Reading from Sandy’s perspective, the love, determination, pain, protectiveness, and anticipation of a loving mother is almost palpable. She embodies the unconditional love and support expected of a mother as she gives David everything he needs to fly on his own—and fly he does!

Despite the numerous challenges he encounters, David’s unique perspective on life and as a son becomes the earmark of his sense of self. Written in a voice that’s both familiar and relatable, David openly narrates his fears, struggles, failures, vulnerabilities, and how he overcomes them without losing hope. With each failure and each triumph, you will undoubtedly find yourself rooting for David as he journeys through life.

Expect A Miracle is brimming with important life lessons and tips. It will open your eyes to the different challenges people on the autism spectrum often experience and how they overcome these challenges in their own unique ways. Share this story with your friends, colleagues, and anyone who has ever felt alone and misunderstood. David’s personal insights and experiences will prove that persons with disabilities are also meant for greatness.

David Petrovic and Sandy Petrovic (Author)
David Petrovic B.A., Though virtually non-verbal until age three and the product of early special education, David graduated cum laude from Notre Dame College in 2015. He earned a B.A. in Middle Childhood education, with concentrations in Social Studies and Language Arts. He is currently a junior high teacher at a Catholic elementary school in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. David is pursuing his master’s degree in theology (expected completion August 2020) with aspirations to eventually teach in a high school setting, and he is further considering a vocation within the Catholic clergy. Having autism and Tourette’s, he has powered through struggles and bullying to come to a place of peace and fulfillment. David aspires to help others understand and accept autism and diversity, both socially and professionally. He has become a national speaker (including a TEDx presentation) and contributes articles to various magazines and blogs. Learn more at https://aspergermiracles.com/ Sandy Petrovic RN, BSN, Sandy (David’s mother) holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and has over twenty years of critical care/cardiac experience. She changed her specialty to diabetes education for an additional ten years and is now an instructional advisor at the same college academic support center that honed David’s skills. She has combined her passions of nursing and student coaching to tutor students who have learning differences. In addition, she speaks publicly with David at select events, contributes to various magazines and blogs, and is a co-chair of the National Milestones Autism Conference.
Dear Reader, author’s recently published book “Expect a Miracle: Understanding and Living With Autism” is now available on leading bookstores, get your copy now and help the author by writing a review of the book.
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