Shedding light on autism for grandparents: Local woman’s book talks about the relationship with her autistic grandchild



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Sylvia Grubb signs copies of her book, “Grandparenting a Child with Autism,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Valley Bookseller in downtown Stillwater.

Sylvia Grubb of Oak Park Heights once owned Valley Bookseller in downtown Stillwater. She returns to the store Saturday, this time to sign copies of her book, “Grandparenting a Child with Autism.”

Grubb’s book focuses on her experience with her grandson, Micah Grubb of Grant Township, who will be a senior at Stillwater Area High School this school year.

The main reason Grubb said she wrote the book was because she felt there was need for it.

“The biggest reason I wrote the book was because when Micah was a toddler I couldn’t find a book about how to grandparent a child with autism,” she said. “Just in general, I think that grandparents don’t know exactly where they fit into the life of family members with autistic children.”

Grubb’s book begins with stories about Micah when he was a toddler. But after realizing that wouldn’t be enough, she waited for Micah to get older so she could learn more about getting involved and share those stories with others.  As the writing went on, Grubb’s son, Stuart, Micah’s father, became involved in the process.

“It made (the book) even more family-oriented which was nice,” Sylvia Grubb said.

As she went through the process of writing, Sylvia Grubb said she learned a lot and got a lot of encouragement from people in her life.

“I learned that autism is very difficult for people to understand and I learned that people wanted something that could help them understand it,” she said. “I also learned a lot about my grandson because I was watching him so closely.”

The book signing is 2 p.m. at the Valley Bookseller. Sylvia Grubb, who was the original owner of the store, hopes that there will be a good turnout.

“Book signings are hard to predict you can cover everything from no one to many people,” she said. “But, since Micah is a student at the high school and his family is very community-oriented I feel that there’s a lot of interest in the community about the book.”