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Stand Up for Autism: A Boy, a Dog, and a Prescription for Laughter [Paperback]

Georgina J. Derbyshire
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6 Jan 2010
When we tell someone that our child is autistic, the most common response is a sad face and an apologetic look. I hate it when people say 'I'm sorry to hear that' Parenting a child on the autistic spectrum can be tough at the best of times, but few books take the time to celebrate the love and laughter an autistic child can elicit in their parents and those around them. In this warm, honest and laugh-out-loud tale of bringing up Bobby, now ten, Georgina Derbyshire shares and rejoices in his 'slightly different' childhood. As she outlines momentous events in Bobby's life, from the day he decided he was a dog (continuing life as a canine for a year afterwards), to the time he catapulted an innocent shopper into a mountain of strawberries, Georgina repeatedly challenges the perception of autism as an affliction, maintaining that neurotypical people often make far less sense. Through her light-hearted and hilarious storytelling, she reveals how social codes and psychological games make the neurotypical world a very confusing place to live in, more so than ever if you happen to be a young boy with a passion for rocks, tape measures and trains. This book is a must for anybody involved in the upbringing of an autistic child, whether they are in search of a little comfort, companionship, light relief - or all three.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (6 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849050996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849050999
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Georgina Derbyshire lives with her 10 year old son, Bobby, on the outskirts of a small town in Derbyshire. Starting her career at a local newspaper, she then went on to work for the courts service, join the police force, become a financial advisor and now works in sales & marketing. As diverse a career history as she has had, she considers her most challenging and rewarding role to be that of mother to a child on the autistic spectrum. Georgina and Bobby enjoy walking in woods, playing in water, snow and sand, anything to do with wild animals and having obscure conversations about the meaning of life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Positive and uplifting 24 May 2010
As a parent of two boys both on the autistic spectrum I found this book a great read. I identified with so much and laughed out loud because I've shared some very similar experiences! I share Georgina's view that our children and their outlook of life can be celebrated. There is so much out there to convince parents autism is a curse, and life will very be normal for you. But this book shows we can and do deserve to laugh at the joy these children can bring to our lives. If you have a child on the spectrum you should read this. In your dark hours of feeling alone and like you're a two headed parent with a weird kid - this will help you see the brighter side of your amazing child and put it all back into perspective!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted and understanding! 14 Jun 2010
By MossDog
A good read to allow novices to gain some understanding of the daily life encountered by parents and children within the autistic spectrum. It never fails to give you a true sense of admiration and love for her child and is totally understanding of what feelings and emotions he faces. There needs to be more understanding of the autistic mind, which is very complex and the routines and fastidious habits we all encounter on a daily basis. Only a family unit that supports a child with autism can totally understand, but this is a chance to show that with the right mindset and approach we can cope and help our child reach out to us and welcome us into their world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kal and co 23 May 2010
Having come into contact with "mildly" autistic children during my teaching career, I was interested to get to know
a "really" autistic child.
After reading this funny and yet thought provoking account of life with Bobby and his Mum I feel I have met him and would certainly like to meet him again (although not in the supermarket)
This was certainly an entertaining read which made me laugh, (a whole family walking in line) gasp,(spinning supermarket trolleys) squirm,[torture rooms] and even cry (my aunt looked lke a princess) when hearing of the situations which Bobby's long- suffering mum and family have found themselves in.

Anyone who likes children will enjoy this book whether they have come into contact with autistic children or not.
It makes you want to "Stand Up For Autism".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read 17 May 2010
Fantastic book with lots of anecdotes and very well written. An absolute must for parents/carers who have children with autism and/or special needs. Ms Derbyshire is writing this book as if she is sitting having a pleasant cup of coffee with you (which if you read the book - is all she does anyway!). Very much looking forward to a sequel and wish her lots of love and luck for the years ahead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a book should be 16 May 2010
This is everything a book should be, laugh out loud funny, heart warming, sensitive. It's like meeting up with a good friend (in this case the author) and listening to a rollercoaster of events covering each and every emotion. I read this book in one sitting and is the best couple of hours I have spent in quite a while, Good job I was at home as I couldn't control my outbursts of laughter.
It is a refreshing change to read a book that celebrates a side of autism that can sometimes be forgotten and by stepping into the life of Georgina Derbyshire and Bobby this book shows us that it is okay to laugh and it is okay to be different.
Georgina is not making light of having a child with autism but instead showing her little boy Bobby that he brings much joy to her and those lucky enough (the chosen few) to be a part of his life.
I hope anyone who reads this enjoys it as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic read 15 May 2010
By Belle
I have just finished reading this fantastic book and although I have never, ever done a book review before I feel compelled to let other people know that they should order a copy of this one and read it is as soon as it's delivered. Georgina writes as if she is speaking to you personally - it's like she's chatting to her best friend. I have laughed out loud and been reduced to tears about the situations she has found herself in with her beloved son, Bobby. If you have an autistic child, you should read this book. If you want you to understand what it may be like to live with a child that is perceived as being different, you should read this book. Infact, whatever your circumstances are and if you just want to have a good laugh about the absurdities of life, you should read this book. I wish Bobby and his devoted mum all the best and I know that Georgina will continue to 'Stand up for autism'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and touching! 24 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book late last night, with the intention of saving it for my holiday... Well, at 3.30am I had almost finished and was still saying to myself, "Just one more page," as I wiped away tears of laughter. It has been a long time since a book has made me feel like that. What a valuable insight into autism. A must-read, you won't be disappointed!
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