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How to Help Your Autistic Spectrum Child: Practical ways to make family life run more smoothly Paperback – 11 Nov 2015
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Full of sensible and useful advice --Jane Asher, President of National Autisitc Society
I found myself thinking "Yes - at last!" since so much of what I was reading related to my daily life with my daughter; giving valuable insight into how she may be seeing the world, together with useful tips on how we can both cope with and manage difficult situations. --J. Page, Amazon reviewer of 1st edition
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The book is written with empathy, by people that understand the issues of raising an autistic child.
The book starts with the issue of diagnosis, common things to look out for, clarification of autism and a personal experience of one of the authors.
The importance of early diagnosis and starting intervention early are stressed and techniques offered.
There is also a fairly insightful case study of the author's son.
There is an in depth discussion of the affect on the family and relationships, the siblings, the extended family and friends. Coping emotionally and getting support are delta with as well as communication and behaviour. Change and obsession are discussed, as well as strategies for dealing with every day difficulties. The importance of organising your home and family life and making decisions on schooling are discussed at length, and in particular dealing with problems at school. Understanding the rights you have under UK law are also very important. The book moves on to a summary of available therapies and how to get help from health professionals. Finally, there are discussions about teenage life and adulthood.
There is a small glossary of useful contacts and a short piece on the national autistic society.
This book is thoughtfully written and will be a helpful starting point for parents with a new diagnosis.
In fact, my only complaint about this book is the text itself that it’s printed in: I find the chosen font to be too small (perhaps 8pt) and it’s a serif (so it’s uneven) therefore all in all it appears to me to be crammed. Maybe this won’t be an issue for most but I’m dyslexic and this is the opposite of what I require for ease of reading, so I need to wear glasses to read this text (I usually don’t have to).
It’s a shame for that (I think the publisher was just looking to reduce costs) but otherwise, for the information, I love it and would recommend it to anyone.
I honestly think that the NHS should be offering copies of this book to parents who find themselves in a similar position to ours. It is packed full of information about autism, the impact on the children and their families and many suggestions on what you could do to manage it. The book has been written by the mother of a child with Asperger's and details the ups and downs of their family life and what they've done to help him.
This is the second edition of the book, as the first was written when her son (Matt) was 14 and has now been updated for this new edition 10 years later. Throughout the book it includes comments from Matt, her husband and her other children. There are also specific case studies related to other children with autism.
What I primarily got from this book was a feeling of reassurance. It's now been four years since our son got his diagnosis, which in itself was a relief as it provided an answer for a lot of the issues we'd been having since he was a toddler. There's quite a lot of similarity between the problems we've faced and those outlined in the book and it's comforting to see how Matt has been able to face his issues and grow into an adult.
There's no shortage of information about Autism and Asperger's for concerned parents to read these days, as well as it being addressed on TV shows such as 'The A Word' and Louis Theroux's 'Extreme Love'. If you're after a down to earth book written by someone who has been there, then this is such a positive book to read and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Our family are fighting to get my grandson statemented at the moment for his ASD as he is beginning to have difficulty at school and his mum and dad are struggling at home as well. So having this book has been a real blessing for us. It is real-life practical - written by a mother who has a son on the spectrum, and she is also a learning support assistant, trained in SEN - and it is UK based, and recommended by the National Autistic Society. So resources mentioned and school difficulties and solutions are totally relevant.
One of the best things - beyond the practical usefulness, relevance - and the feeling of not being alone - were the quotes from the author's son, Matt. They give a wonderful insight into how various events and situations felt and looked to him - so you don't just get his mum's view. And it really is a very valuable insight indeed. A beautiful and very helpful book indeed.
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