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Areva D. Martin
"Autism Heroes is a passionate and brilliant compilation of stories that portray both the pains and joys of living with children who have Autism. Dr. Firestone captures the enormity and range that parents face as well as the new frontiers of hope. Inspirational, provocative and painstakingly honest, Autism Heroes poignantly reminds us of the incessant need to educate and advocate on behalf of children and families."--(Areva D. Martin, Esq, Managing Partner, Martin & Martin, LLP, President, Special Needs Network, Inc., Parent of Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder)
David G. Amaral
"While scientists struggle to understand the biological bases of autism to create preventions, treatments and cures, Dr. Firestone and her colleagues at The Help Group bring hope and help to families today. Autism Heroes will bring guidance and support to other parents and inspiration to clinicians and scientists."--(David G. Amaral, PhD, Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Director of Research, The M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California, Davis)
Eileen Costello
"Autism Heroes is a gift to the autism community. Raising a child with autism has never been easy, but it just got easier, thanks to Barbara Firestone s wisdom and compassion, Joe Buissink's sensitive images and the courageous families willing to share their most intimate stories. Pediatricians can now say to families coping with a new diagnosis, have I got a book for you!"--(Eileen Costello, MD, Pediatrician, co-author of Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In)
Michael O'Hanlon
"Few have the combination of compassion, rigorous knowledge, passion for the field, and accomplishments in helping literally thousands of children with autism spectrum disorders as does Barbara Firestone. She is also an extraordinary listener, and a great observer of people, making her perspectives and collection of family stories coupled with Joe Buissink's photography extremely rich, inspiring, and instructive."--(Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder)
Nancy D. Wiseman
"Barbara Firestone's book is truly an inspiration that carries an important message of hope. Autism Heroes is an intimate portrait of 38 families and their celebration of love, commitment, and pride in their own words and through Joe Buissink's lens. A must read for families everywhere beginning their journey."--(Nancy D. Wiseman, Founder and President, First Signs, author of Could it be Autism? A Parent's Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps, parent of a child with an autism specturm disorder)
Peter C. Whybrow
"In our journey along life's pebbled path, it is through the personal stories of others that we bind the start to the finish. In Autism Heroes, we have the privilege of meeting families, through their words and images, who have found their way forward, despite extraordinary challenges. Dr. Firestone's book is truly illuminating and informative."--(Peter C. Whybrow, MD, Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843108375
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Pages: 24
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

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    Autism Heroes provides an intimate glimpse into the world of a ever-growing sector of the human population that cuts across social, economic, and cultural boundaries in a mysterious manner. The personal anecdotes presented by caregivers living and loving in the complex world of an autistic family member are sometimes heart rending, sometimes hilarious, and always enthralling, compelling, and sobering. It is incongruous that our technologically-advanced, information-savvy society has such little understanding of people with autism. In our present atmosphere of privacy, it is yet another act of heroism for these families to share this most personal and sensitive part of their lives. Dr. Firestone¿s work will touch hearts and open eyes to the beautiful spirit found in people with autism and the ones who love them. Her positive but honest and balanced outlook will help parents with newly diagnosed children get a foot-hold on the future possibilities and the breadth of the autistic spectrum. For veteran families, seeing their daily efforts recognized and honored will lighten their work. For professionals, it will provide insight into the kaleidoscope of consequences the diagnosis can have depending on the family context. To understand and address the unique needs of families struggling with autism is a great challenge, and this book is a respectful, heartwarming, and sensitive step toward that goal.

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