Alumna shares her family's experience with Asperger's

TU grad, author Shonda Schilling comes to campus for a lecture and book signing Sept. 30

TOWSON, Md. (Sept. 17, 2010)—Shonda Schilling, Towson University graduate and wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling, will share the story of her son Grant's struggle with Asperger's Syndrome in a presentation and book signing on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will be held in the Minnegan Room of Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.

In her book, “The Best Kind of Different,” Schilling details every step in her family’s journey through Asperger’s, offering an intimate and candid portrait of this condition from a parent’s point of view. She chronicles Grant’s early years, confronts the guilt and pain that engulfed her after learning of her son’s condition, and celebrates Grant’s success in the two years since his diagnosis. With insight and helpful advice for parents, she provides an honest and moving glimpse inside her family—as two parents struggle to understand the complex beauty of their son.

While Asperger's has been part of the psychological lexicon since the early 1980s, it is only in the last decade that people have begun to diagnose it on a larger scale. Part of the dramatic rise in autism diagnoses, Asperger's falls high on the autism spectrum, meaning that it can often be misunderstood or misdiagnosed because the children seem typical in many other ways.

The lecture and book signing is sponsored by the Towson University Office of Alumni Relations. Light refreshments will be served, and free parking will be available in Lot 20 (across from the stadium). Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by Sept. 27 to or 410-704-2234. The first 50 alumni to RSVP will receive a free copy of Schilling’s book.

The Towson University Center for Adults with Autism serves as an integrated, interdisciplinary resource center for young adults on the autism spectrum and their families. The Center was founded through a gift from Douglas and Therese Erdman. For more information, visit the Center's website.





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