Empowered Autism Parenting: Celebrating (and Defending) Your Child's Place in the World

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How parents can appreciate their autistic children prevent them from being pathologized, over-medicated, and marginalized

In this groundbreaking book, William Stillman, an expert and passionate advocate on behalf of those with autism, offers a commonsense guide for parenting children with autism. He gives mothers and fathers, caregivers, and teachers the information they need to recognize the child with autism's unique personality, passions, and intellect and therefore liberate ...

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Overview

How parents can appreciate their autistic children prevent them from being pathologized, over-medicated, and marginalized

In this groundbreaking book, William Stillman, an expert and passionate advocate on behalf of those with autism, offers a commonsense guide for parenting children with autism. He gives mothers and fathers, caregivers, and teachers the information they need to recognize the child with autism's unique personality, passions, and intellect and therefore liberate them from today's culture of fear. He shows why the current conventional incentive and reward systems send the wrong message to kids with autism and just don't work. This book offers a sensible ten-step guide for enriching relationships with kids with autism through a belief in their essential competence.

  • Includes information that liberates parents from the culture of fear surrounding autism
  • Explains how kids with autism are intelligent but may have unconventional methods of communication that need to be understood and appreciated
  • Shows why your child doesn't need traditional therapy or medication to "treat" autism
  • Written by an acclaimed expert on the topic of autism, who is himself an adult with Asperger's Syndrome
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470475874
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,323,326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword (Lu Hanessian).

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART ONE: RECEIVING THE NEWS.

1. Could It Be Autism?

2. Healing and Acceptance.

PART TWO: ESTABLISHING A HEALTHY AND SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR CHILD.

3. Presuming Your Child’s Intellect.

4. Supporting and Interpreting Your Child’s Communication.

5. Your Child’s Acute Sensitivities.

PART THREE: CREATING RIPPLE EFFECTS.

6. Understanding and Using Person-First Perspectives.

7. Autism Advocacy and Self-Advocacy.

8. Future Pathways.

Appendix: Tools and Resources.

Prescription Medication Questionnaire.

Pain and Discomfort Inventory.

Sensory Sensitivity Inventory.

Organization and Specialist Web Sites.

Books for Further Reading.

Recommended Viewing.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    Great Resource!

    Hooray! Hooray! Finally a book that offers real hope and resources for parents of Autistic children to understand what their child is experiencing, and to make life for themselves and their child easier to manage. Mr. Stillman speaks from experience as a person living with Asperger's Syndrome and as an advocate for those on the spectrum who can't speak for themselves.

    An expert and passionate advocate for those with autism, William Stillman has written a commonsense guide for parenting children with autism. He believes that by giving those around the autistic child the information that they need to recognize their child's unique personality, will help liberate them from the culture of fear and the stigma so prevalent in our society.

    He demonstrates why the current methods that are used don't tend to work, and offers a ten-step guide for a better, more fulfilling relationship with children with autism. By believing that they are essentially competent to handle tasks, their lives are enriched and so are the lives of those around them.

    Many times parents, teachers and well meaning friends and family have many misconceptions about what autism is, as well as what life for and with an autistic child will be. Instead, people with autism are intelligent, insightful and can participate in life to the fullest. This book helps to dispel the myths and offer parents real-world insight.

    This book will help you understand where your child is on the spectrum and how you can best help him to be the best he or she can be. He debunks the myths of high priced medications and therapies and offers real-life ideas on how best to help your child.

    He also offers a section in the back of the book with tools for helping to manage your child's illness: A prescription medication questionaire, pain and discomfort inventory and a Sensory Sensitivity Inventory. He's also listed websites, books and DVD's that might be useful.

    This is an awesome resource for parents, teachers, grandparents and anyone who has someone with autism in their life. This book will encourage and uplift and help you to advocate for them. As the tagline of the book says - "Celebrating (and Defending Your Child's Place in the World"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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