Laughter and Tears

Author: Ann Hewetson
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1846421063
Release Date: 2005-01-15
Genre: Psychology

'Had we had just one wish to be granted in the past in coping with Mark's autism, what would we have asked for? We would have asked for the gift of wisdom. The wisdom that comes with knowledge.' - Ann Hewetson, Chapter 19 Laughter and Tears is a first-hand account of parenting Mark, a young man with autism, and also of a mother's struggle to understand and appreciate her son's condition. Ann Hewetson's moving and thoughtful account describes Mark's communication problems, sensory integration and food allergies, shared by many people with autism, but also tells of Mark's associated problems like rheumatoid arthritis and bipolar mood swings. The author recounts how she dedicated her life to finding out more about autism. Aided by her background in research and biology, she delves into the available literature and interweaves the narrative of Mark's life with illuminating pointers drawn from the work of Leo Kanner, Hans Asperger and Carl Delacato among others. Cutting-edge developments in the field, for instance co-existing psychiatric disorders, cognitive behaviour therapy and brain research, are also explained in a way that will be easily understood by any parent. Ann's journey from initial incomprehension and a desire to find a `solution' to her son's autism concludes with a resolution for both Mark and Ann as they arrive at a deeper understanding of autism and an appreciation of its strengths. This book will be indispensable to both parents and professionals in offering a unique, reflective account of Mark's exceptional life and also a wide-ranging exploration of useful and innovative approaches to autism.

The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Author: Carol Turkington
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 9780816075058
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Genre: Autism

Autism is a baffling brain disorder that profoundly affects children's communication and social skills. This work provides a reference guide to this disease. It includes approximately 500 entries that address the different types of autism, causes and treatments, institutions, associations, leading scientists and research, social impact, and more.

Embracing Autism

Author: Robert Parish
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118750056
Release Date: 2013-05-17
Genre: Education

"The voices here confirm what I've always suspected: everyone is part of one large continuum, and the approaches and insights recounted here can help any parent, any educator, any person deal with any child—or, for that matter, any other person—more effectively and with more compassion. I only wish I'd encountered earlier this cadre of experienced and caring individuals whose humor and resourcefulness represent clearly how best to love and nurture a child."—Cynthia Nitz Ris, J.D., Ph.D., University of Cincinnati Through sensitive, sometimes humorous, experienced-based writing from teachers, clinicians, and parent activists in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community, this book will help educators and others to better understand the world inhabited by ASD children. The stories contained in the book will inspire and inform readers who are working day-to-day with children in the autism spectrum, providing valuable insights into what makes these kids tick and useful information on how they communicate, learn, and succeed. Robert Parish (Cincinnati, OH) is an award-winning journalist with four nationally broadcast public TV documentaries about Autism Spectrum Disorders to his credit, as well as more than 100 digital video projects about ASD for the educational market.

Defeating Autism

Author: Michael Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134058983
Release Date: 2008-10-27
Genre: Medical

Autism: disease, disorder or difference? What causes autism – genes or environment? Can biomedical treatments cure autism, and are they safe? An increased public awareness of autism has resulted in a rising trend of diagnoses, creating the impression of an ‘epidemic’. Many parents of children newly diagnosed with autism have been impressed by plausible theories blaming vaccines and other environmental causes. Many have also been captivated by claims that ‘biomedical’ treatments – including special diets and supplements, detoxification and medications – can achieve dramatic results. In Defeating Autism, Michael Fitzpatrick, a family doctor and father of a son with autism, questions the scientific basis of environmental explanations of autism and exposes the incoherence of unorthodox ‘biomedical’ theories and therapies. This book reveals that these therapies are far from pioneering interventions and they remain unsubstantiated by scientific authorities. Campaigns promising to ‘defeat or cure autism now’ have attracted much support among parents struggling with their difficult children. But the crusade against autism risks dehumanising and stigmatising those who are identified as autistic and their families. This compelling book is essential reading for students and professionals working in the field of autism, as well as academics concerned with the public understanding of science and the treatment of scientific and medical controversies in the media.

Autism

Author: Theo Peeters
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: UOM:39015043046260
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Education

This book attempts to go some way towards bridging the gap between theoretical understanding of autism and understanding it in the practice of daily life. The cause of autism is physical, biological and organic and people with autism require specialised education and support matched to their particular difficulties.

At Home in the Land of Oz

Author: Anne Barnhill
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1846426588
Release Date: 2007-06-15
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Anne's sister Becky was born in 1958, long before most people had even heard of autism. Diagnosed with 'emotional disturbance,' Becky was subjected for much of her childhood to well-meaning but futile efforts at 'rehabilitation' or 'cure,' as well as prolonged spells in institutions away from her family. Painting a vivid picture of growing up in small-town America during the Sixties, Anne describes her sister's and her own painful childhood experiences with compassion and honesty. Struggling with the separation from her sister and the emotional and financial hardships the family experienced as a result of Becky's condition, Anne nevertheless found that her sister had something that 'normal' people were unable to offer. Today she is accepting of her sister's autism and the impact, both painful and positive, it has had on both their lives. This bittersweet memoir will resonate with families affected by autism and other developmental disorders and will appeal to everyone interested in the condition.

Our Journey Through High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Author: Linda Andron
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781853029479
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Medical

This is an excellent travelers' guide because it is written by people who have been there. The stories are enthralling and the authors' experiences enable us to understand the culture and perspective of people with autistic spectrum disorder. This book is recommended for anyone who has embarked on a journey to explore a part of our world that we have only recently discovered.' - from the foreword by Tony Attwood 'I had a great many of my hunches and hopes confirmed when I read the words of the generous parents, and their even more generous children, who contributed to this book...Most important, I learned it is possible to be inspired to see the glass as half full, no matter how many leaks there seem to be in the cup...I believe the community who reads this book will join me in thanking those who wrote it, for their courage, their wit and their plethora of ideas.' - from the foreword by Liane Holliday Willey For the families who have contributed to this book, living with autism spectrum disorders has been a journey of self-discovery. With honesty and humor, they describe the ways autism has affected their daily lives, the challenges they have faced and the approaches they have found beneficial. They share their practical and original strategies for dealing with issues such as helping children to develop empathy and humor, developing and maintaining friendships and explaining their autism spectrum disorders to other people. This book will be a source of advice and inspiration for families of children with autism and the professionals who work with them. It is practical, realistic and positive - autism is seen as something to be understood and celebrated. As 11-year-old Glen states in the Appendix, written by some of the children with autism featured in the book: 'I like myself and consider my difference something positive.' Linda Andron is a licensed clinical social worker, Adjunct Lecturer in Psychiatry and Bio-Behavioural Sciences and Clinical Instructor at the University of California at Los Angeles. She is the director of the UCLA Family Support Community Program and the clinical director of the Center for Asperger's Assessment and Intervention at the HELP Group. She has worked with over 500 families of children with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome and is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Autism Society of Los Angeles. She has written many articles and chapters on developmental disabilities.

Autism

Author: Luis M. Bayardo
Publisher:
ISBN: 1940769167
Release Date: 2014-08-16
Genre: Health & Fitness

Autism: A Dad's Journey is for all those struggling with the special needs diagnoses of their child. Luis takes the reader on an honest and insightful journey as he slowly comes to terms with his two sons diagnoses of Autism. He gives fathers a voice. Their lives cannot be summed up in one conversation over a drink or just driving down the road. Most fathers are he-men, private, tough, stoic, unwavering, and the rock of the family until....one day they are not. Come and join Luis on his sometimes humorous, certainly adventurous, and continuing journey as he discovers how to become the father that his autistic boys and family need him to be.

Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum

Author: Maureen Morrell
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1846425069
Release Date: 2006-04-27
Genre: Social Science

Maureen F. Morrell and Ann Palmer are raising two very different children: Justin, a whirlwind of activity and mood swings, who is supervised in a residential farm community, and Eric, quiet and passive, who lives independently at college. The authors give an account of the striking similarities as well as the stark differences in their experiences of parenting children at opposite extremes of the autism spectrum. The two mothers speak openly about their children's diagnosis and early childhood through to adolescence, young adulthood and the day they leave home. They give a moving account of the challenges they faced and the surprising consolations they found along their sons' very different paths in life. Through their friendship and two decades of shared experiences of parenting an ASD child, each has gained a clear understanding of her own strengths and limitations, as well as those of her child. Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum offers a personal perspective and practical guidance for parents at the start of their journey with autism, especially those whose children are newly diagnosed. It also provides useful insights for professionals working with individuals across the autism spectrum and their families. The book was elected the 2007 Autism Society of America's Outstanding Literary Work of the Year.

Autism and the World According to Matt

Author: Liz Becker
Publisher:
ISBN: 1680288334
Release Date: 2015-07-07
Genre: Psychology

"They say you must walk a mile in another person's shoes to really know them. Liz Becker is an Autism Mom who walks a marathon in her autistic son's shoes and details it beautifully in her book Autism and The World According to Matt: A collection of 50 inspirational short stories on raising a moderate/severe mostly non-verbal autistic child from diagnosis to independence. This delightful collection of stories is a love letter from a mom who refuses to accept the 1990 view of autism that is imposed on her son, and instead embarks on a journey to uncover the beauty of who her son really is. The stories encompass everything from the trials and tribulations of potty training to helping Matt get his own apartment. Becker's style of writing evokes an Earl Hamner simplicity, making you feel as though Walton's mountain has visited the land of Autism. The result is lush and beautiful, you feel as though you are a part of the family that continually gathers ranks to protect Matt and help him safely make his way to independence. Readers will find themselves laughing along as both mother and son find the way to communicate in a world filled with complexities, half-truths and unrealistic expectations. They will cheer as Matt enjoys victories large and small and, like me, they will likely shed a tear when the road blocks seem just too tall to scale. Do yourself a favor and read this inspirational book from a Mom who helped to forge a path for Autism parents before Autism Speaks, before insurance reform and before there was any reason to hope." -Shannon Penrod, Host, Autism-Live

Make a Wish for Me

Author: LeeAndra Chergey
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 9781631528293
Release Date: 2015-11-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Indie Reader Discovery Awards Winner for Parenting National Indie Excellence Award Finalist Hollywood Book Festival 2016 Honorable mention in general non-fiction Bookvana 2016 Finalist in Parenting/Family Bronze Medal Winner Inspirational Memoir-Female Living Now Book Awards-Books for Better Living When LeeAndra Chergey is told that her son, Ryan, is no longer considered “normal,” she and her family are forced into a new way of handling the outside world. Together, Chergey’s family and a team of carefully chosen therapists put in years of hard work, and eventually teach Ryan to speak and express emotions. Through it all, Chergey follows her heart—and in the process, she learns that being “normal” is not nearly as important as providing your child with a life full of joy, love, and acceptance. Tender and candid, Make A Wish For Me is a story of accepting and tackling a disability stigmatized and misunderstood by society.

Life Amplified

Author: Karen Skogen Haslem
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781504903424
Release Date: 2015-03-20
Genre: Family & Relationships

If you know one child with autism, you know one child with autism. But not everyone gets that chance. In Life Amplified, Karen Haslem gives readers an honest, intimate, remarkably engaging look at the struggles and triumphs of her oldest son, who has autism. Drawing strength from their faith, the Haslem family strives every day to embrace, not just tolerate, Titus’s differences. Written with humor, grace, and a gift for lucid detail, Haslem’s memoir captures a sequence of vivid episodes that convey the joy, heartache, pride, and terror of being Titus—or being Titus’s mom. Life Amplified will bring new understanding and inspiration to other families touched by autism, as well as anyone seeking insight into their world.

Autism Breakthrough

Author: Raun K. Kaufman
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781250041111
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

The Director of Global Education for the Autism Treatment Center of America, who as a child was diagnosed by multiple experts as severely autistic and possessing an IQ below 30, outlines his parents' controversial program that enabled his recovery, subsequent education and successful career. 40,000 first printing.

Autism

Author: Cyntyia Rasmussen
Publisher:
ISBN: 1942661428
Release Date: 2016-12-15
Genre:

Cindy Rasmussen wrote this story for her children to help them understand what happened in their family when they were growing up, from the perspective of a Mom. Her eldest son, Mark, was only 19 months old when her autistic son, Steven, was born and only 2 1/2 when the first serious problems began. Steven was 6 years old when Geoffrey was born. So although they were there for most of the journey, they have little memory or understanding of the most difficult years for our family. It is her hope that as adults they can read her account and gain a deeper insight and understanding into things that took place in their childhoods and that this knowledge might help them as they go forward in their own lives.

What Color is Monday

Author: Carrie Cariello
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781784500948
Release Date: 2015-01-21
Genre: Family & Relationships

"One day Jack asked me, 'What color do you see for Monday?' 'What?' I said distractedly. 'Do you see days as colors?" Raising five children would be challenge enough for most parents, but when one of them has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, life becomes a bit more chaotic, a lot more emotional, and full of fascinating glimpses into a unique child's different way of thinking. In this moving memoir, Carrie Cariello invites us to take a peek into exactly what it takes to get through each day juggling the needs of her whole family. Through hilarious mishaps, honest insights, and heartfelt letters addressed to her children, she shows us the beauty and wonder of raising a child who views the world through a different lens, and how ultimately autism changed her family for the better.