Local Mom, Author to Speak Aug. 20 at WKCTC
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - The Center for Disease Control estimates that nearly two million Americans have epilepsy and one in every 88 U.S. children has autism. Beth Baker, author of “Giving Him Back to God,” a memoir of her son Caleb’s struggles with autism and epilepsy, knows these statistics all too well. Baker will present “Helping Young Patients - Healing Families" at West Kentucky Community and Technical College on August 20.
Baker, who lives in Lone Oak with her husband and two daughters, will share her knowledge of epilepsy and autism and discuss ways to help families through the continual challenge of caring for a chronically ill child during two presentations at WKCTC. She will also give insight about the diseases to healthcare workers in the area. The hour-long presentations will be held in the Matheson Library at 11:00 am. and the Clemens Fine Arts Center at 2:00 pm. The events are free and open to the public.
Caleb was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was just over two years old and epilepsy at age four. After a hard road traveled, Caleb passed away in January of last year at the age of nine. Now his mother shares his story through her book, “Giving Him Back to God.”
“Caleb’s story takes you into our home, our daily battles, emotions and the simple joys in having a child with chronic illness as a part of our lives,” said Baker. “I want everyone to learn from Caleb’s journey and how the life of a special needs child impacted and changed the lives of so many around him.” The book was written to give hope to those who grieve a loved one by sharing things learned from caring for and being a part of Caleb’s life Baker said.
Through Caleb’s journey, “Team Caleb” was formed. Baker said the worldwide support team prayed for and fought for Caleb every day. “Team Caleb” and our faith carried us through the toughest days of our lives.”
Baker has a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University and four years of intense research on her own about epilepsy and neurological comorbidities in children with developmental delay. She volunteers as a Parent Advocate for ASD/epilepsy families at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and with many organizations for individuals with epilepsy and special needs.
“Beth’s presentations should not be missed,” said Amy Sullivan, WKCTC resource services librarian. “We invite everyone to the library on August 20 to listen as Beth encourages mothers of children with special needs and all parents. Caleb’s story told through the eyes of his mother is an inspiration to all of us.”