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.

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.

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.

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 Heroes

Author: Barbara Firestone
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1846426960
Release Date: 2007-11-15
Genre: Family & Relationships

Intimate, bold, and inspiring, Autism Heroes provides a compelling and sensitive account of the experiences of 38 families from different walks of life confronting the challenges of autism with courage, tenacity and love. With empathy and expertise gained from her three decades of leadership of The Help Group and commitment to children with special needs, Dr. Barbara Firestone engages the families in candid, powerful and deeply affecting conversations about their lives. Each family narrative is set against the backdrop of her insightful essays about dignity, hope, opportunity and love, which are fundamentally important to all families living with autism. The families offer their experiences openly and honestly, sharing their challenges, triumphs, and hopes. Their candor helps demystify and destigmatize autism and embraces other parents just beginning or already on the journey. Their reflections chart the course through the many stages of coping with autism and seeking solutions for their children, and they offer a lifeline of support, insight and encouragement and hope. Fully illustrated with stunning photographs by Joe Buissink, Autism Heroes is an invaluable resource for families as well as educators, clinicians, researchers and policy makers.

Our Wild Card

Author: Sarah F. Montz
Publisher:
ISBN: 1457520087
Release Date: 2013-05
Genre: Family & Relationships

Our Wild Card - A Parent's Perspective of Pervasive Developmental Disorder on the Autism Spectrum is the true story about Autism within the Montz family. It tells the story of Travis, who was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified, at the age of three. Experience the Montz family's laughter and tears as you read about their journey through behavioral therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, as well as their struggles in an everyday environment that most people take for granted. Our Wild Card provides an honest account of the trials, tribulations, and successes of one family going through the Autism experience. Sarah Montz became interested in Autism when her three-year-old son was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified. While researching the Autism Spectrum, Sarah found the information to be overwhelming. She struggled with a sense of failure and loneliness in a judgmental world. In her first book, Our Wild Card - A Parent's Perspective of Pervasive Developmental Disorder on the Autism Spectrum, Sarah explains the roller coaster of ups and downs her family has experienced since Autism has entered their lives. She hopes the story of her family's Autism journey will provide comfort to those with similar struggles. Sarah Montz attended Park University, where she received a bachelor of science degree in business management. She resides in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, three children, mom, and a keeshonden.

Painting Rachael

Author: Ann Lutz
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781465344403
Release Date: 2011-11-18
Genre: Family & Relationships

Painting Rachael is a story for any parents, family members, or friends with special needs children in their lives. It's a mother telling of the crazy, the sad, the humorous, the overwhelming, and the loving times. Rachael, with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, always keeps the Lutz family household exciting and full of energy. From glitter in exotic places to the breaking of window panes and blowing bubbles, Rachael's life is the perfect read for laughter, crying, and warmth. Whether you want to understand a loved one better or are interested in the real life of a special needs child, you will find the raw truth about this remarkable little girl and the inner workings and hardships of her daily life.

Living Through Autism s Eyes

Author: Brooke Price
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1492840815
Release Date: 2014-02-07
Genre: Family & Relationships

Travel into the world of an autism family. Follow Zain and his mother, Brooke, as they struggle to cope with his autism. Watch Zain blossom into a verbal child with some ability to function from a little boy that beat his head constantly and had NO words. Travel into this family's world as they walk through life, one day at a time, learning to live through autism's eyes. Follow Brooke through her confusion, tears, pain, mourning, laughter, and through her moments of strength as she advocates for her son. Read as she breaks down about how hopeless autism can feel and read as she ultimately realizes autism didn't steal her sons future, it just gave him a different path to walk.

A Different Kettle of Fish

Author: Michael Barton
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857009562
Release Date: 2014-05-21
Genre: Family & Relationships

“I'm looking at the Solar System display when I hear a child close by shouting at his mum, to which she replies 'No need to bite my head off!' I've heard of laughing your head off (to laugh a lot) and even biting your tongue (to be quiet) but biting someone's head off puts a rather more vivid picture into my mind!” During a trip to London, taking in tube announcements, guitar shops, and the Science Museum Michael Barton explores and explains the confusing “neurotypical” world of contradictory signage, hidden meanings and nonsensical figures of speech. His quirky and comic illustrations bring to life the journey from the comfort of his familiar university surroundings into the hectic bustle of central London. A fun and enlightening read for friends, family, caring professionals and anyone interested in an alternative viewpoint on the world. Sure to “strike a chord” with other day trippers on the autism spectrum.

Der Funke

Author: Kristine Barnett
Publisher: Kailash Verlag
ISBN: 9783641093273
Release Date: 2014-05-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In jedem Kind verbirgt sich der »Funke«. Kristines Sohn Jacob hat einen höheren IQ als Einstein und verfügt über ein fotografisches Gedächtnis. Und er ist Autist. »Der Funke« erzählt die Geschichte einer Mutter, die gegen den Rat aller Experten darum kämpft, ihrem Sohn ein normales, glückliches Leben zu ermöglichen, indem sie ihn ermutigt, seinem »Funken« zu folgen, sich auf das zu konzentrieren, was er liebt, statt auf das, was ihn hindert. Großartige Möglichkeiten können sich eröffnen, wenn wir lernen, das wahre Potenzial zu erwecken, das in jedem Kind ruht – und in jedem von uns.

The Ringmaster s Tale Autism Asperger s Anarchy

Author: Helen Wallace-Iles
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 154702111X
Release Date: 2017-11-28
Genre:

One woman's remarkable journey from desperation to hope, successfully parenting four children on the autism spectrum. Hilarious, poignant and full of brilliant advice, her voice will inspire you to enjoy your life, whether it's touched by autism or not. Whether you're new to the world of autism or have years of experience under your belt, this book is a unique and fascinating read. It provides a detailed guide to what autism is, and more importantly what it isn't, as well as offering unique self-help strategies and practical advice that can genuinely lead to a better quality of life for you and your family. Told in an easy, informal style, the book includes many highly relatable anecdotes that will make you laugh, move you to tears, and most importantly give you a true insight into just how much can be achieved when you adopt a positive approach to living with this complex and intriguing condition. A book you'll find hard to put down and impossible to forget.

Autism Asperger s Anarchy the Ringmaster s Tale

Author: Helen Wallace-Iles
Publisher:
ISBN: 1723978388
Release Date: 2018-09-24
Genre:

One woman's remarkable journey from desperation to hope, successfully parenting four children on the autism spectrum. Hilarious, poignant and full of brilliant advice, her voice will inspire you to enjoy your life, whether it's touched by autism or not. Whether you're new to the world of autism or have years of experience under your belt, this book is a unique and fascinating read. It provides a detailed guide to what autism is, and more importantly what it isn't, as well as offering unique self-help strategies and practical advice that can genuinely lead to a better quality of life for you and your family. Told in an easy, informal style, the book includes many highly relatable anecdotes that will make you laugh, move you to tears, and most importantly give you a true insight into just how much can be achieved when you adopt a positive approach to living with this complex and intriguing condition. A book you'll find hard to put down and impossible to forget.

Iris Grace

Author: Arabella Carter-Johnson
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783732533411
Release Date: 2016-09-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Wenn Iris malt, verliert sie sich ganz in den Farben und Formen. Doch bevor sie zu einem Wunderkind wurde, war sie vor allem ein Kind, das ein Wunder brauchte. Denn Iris Grace hat Autismus. In den ersten Lebensjahren war sie unerreichbar, lebte in ihrer eigenen Welt, die Familie verzweifelte. Dann entdeckte ihre Mutter, wie fasziniert Iris mit Pinsel und Farbe umging. Und schließlich war es die kleine Katze Thula, die die Verbindung zwischen Iris und der Außenwelt herstellte. Eine zauberhafte, wahre Geschichte.