Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help

Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help

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by Lynn M. Hamilton
     
 

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Don't Let Autism Have the Last Word in Your Child's Life.

Perhaps one of the most devastating things you can learn as a parent is that your child has been diagnosed with autism. A multifaceted disorder, autism has long baffled parents and professionals alike. At one time, doctors gave parents virtually no hope for combating the disorder. But in recent years,…  See more details below

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Don't Let Autism Have the Last Word in Your Child's Life.

Perhaps one of the most devastating things you can learn as a parent is that your child has been diagnosed with autism. A multifaceted disorder, autism has long baffled parents and professionals alike. At one time, doctors gave parents virtually no hope for combating the disorder. But in recent years, new treatments and therapies have demonstrated that improvement is possible. With intensive, early intervention, some children have recovered from autism and have been integrated into school, indistinguishable from their peers.

Discover ten things you can do to begin battling your child's autism right now.

See why Applied Behavior Analysis has become parents' treatment of choice, and examine its impressive results.

Get information on cutting-edge biomedical treatments such as secretin and immunotherapy.

Learn how dietary intervention can positively impact your child's behavior.  

Find out what additional therapies can offer - including sensory and auditory integration.

Explore loving ways to keep your family together when your world is torn apart.


Children with autism do have the possibility to improve greatly, and some even overcome the effects of autism, if appropriate therapies are begun early enough. Discover the steps you can take today to begin the fight for your child's future in Facing Autism.


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This is one mother's account of coping with her son's autism. Within two months of his diagnosis, Ryan began intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and with his mother tackled other related issues, including immune deficiency, food intolerance, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Hamilton has investigated and tried many "alternative" therapies, most of which were not welcomed by the doctors she consulted. However, the results for Ryan have been very good. Husband Roger adds a chapter about a spouse/father's role in a family with special needs. Writing from a Christian perspective, Hamilton recounts her faith in God, which helps carry her through adversity. Each section of the book contains lists of resources (institutes, clinics, schools, and programs, with phone and FAX numbers, e-mail addresses, and web sites). This is a strong argument for ABA as well as dozens of other nontraditional approaches to a puzzling diagnosis.--Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Praise for Facing Autism

"Accurate, comprehensive, and written in a clear and engaging style.  A must-read guidebook for parents of autistic children."
-Bernard Rimland, PH.D., director, Autism Research Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307569035
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,316,516
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Lynn M. Hamilton and her husband, Roger, are the parents of three children. Their son Ryan was diagnosed with autism shortly before his third birthday, and as a result of intensive Applied Behavior Analysis therapy and his parents' efforts to investigate many avenues of treatment, his life has been reclaimed from the confines of autism. Today, Lynn is a speaker who shares her family's experiences with autism. She and Roger have served with the Navigators since 1988. They live with their children in Colorado Springs, CO.


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Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Content great, but I'm sick of the noble parent routine and acting like Autism is just the worst thing in the world you could hear. Can we get some optimism people?? How about what the kids taught us? We are beholden to our children, NT or autistic to provide them the best way to navigate in this world. I will not betray my children by regretting who they are. A large part of who 2 of my 3 children are is autism. The truth of the matter is that there is nothing to mourn. Our children are who they are. We do what we do because that is what we have to do as good parents. I really like this book but just the title 'Facing Autism' Like you're talking about leukemia or some dread disease...I would love to see a book with a title like 'So your kid has autism...Get over yourself and get off your butt and help him.' OK maybe not that harsh, but still.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent resource for anyone with an autistic child. I was lucky enough to know/work with Lynn, and know her personal story. My copy of this book has been read dozens of times by friends and family, as well as patients and families I serve. It is always the first reference people take from my shelves, and the one they always say 'I have to get my own copy of this!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of our twin boys was diagnosed with regressive autism at 2 years old. I have worked for 15 years as a professional helping people with developmental disabilites, but not once over that 15 years did I ever learn ANYTHING about what is in this book! We have followed Lynn's path, laid before her by the researchers & scientists of the DAN! movement (Defeat Autism Now!) We were afraid to even hope, but determined to at least give biomedical & ABA interventions a try. After all, we had nothing to lose; we already felt like we had lost our son. He never slept, outings were a nightmare, he never looked at us, he banged his head on the floor and his crib until he bruised, and he lost all his language. But just 6 months after starting on the path Lynn blazed for us, our little boy is 'coming back'!Eye contact is back, social skills are back, he's no longer in pain, and he sleeps through the night! He even plays WITH his twin! He's so happy now! I can never thank you enough, Lynn, for teaching us the way to save our little boy! May God bless you & the amazing and brilliant people of DAN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written roadmap for helping your child with Autism. This book is an excellent resource for anyone with an Autistic child. Make this book the first one you read!!! Not only will it give you a path to help your child, but gives you hope as well to hear Ryan's story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE book for parents... all the answers I wish I would have had when my daughter was first diagnosed PDD-NOS. Well written, easy to understand, full of resources, and hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lynn Hamilton's 'Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help' has an amazing wealth of information on so many topics of interest. Lynn has researched and skillfully organized information on many different treatments and therapies. She describes in detail her experiences with Applied Behavior Analysis, provides information on cutting-edge biomedical treatments, and discusses dietary intervention. You will find explanations of sensory and auditory therapies, plus much more. A must-read guidebook for parents of autistic children. This is one book that I would not advise you check out from a library. I think you should have your very own copy. You will find that you want to underline information, mark pages, and have the book on hand for future reference. Lynn points you to helpful Internet sites, provides addresses for further information on many topics, gives practical tips on keeping records, tax deductions and funding sources. She lists ten things every parent can do right now to help their child. You will find pages and pages of solid, no-nonsense information for parents, especially those new to autism, and to help you find the resources you need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Facing Autism' organizes and simplifies the onslaught of information beseiging parents just receiving the dreaded diagnosis for their child. Other parents in the same situation, I have found, are the most reliable and current resource. Parent friendly and practical, this book is written by Lynn, mother of Ryan, a child with Autism. A must for the parents of a newly diagnosed child, and a richly informational handbook for other parents and professionals. Applied Behavior Analysis, Diet Intervention, Medical Therapies, as well as navigation through the Public Education System are explained to make sense. My hope is that each time a diagnosis is given, 'Facing Autism' is handed to the parents at the same time, as their first ray of hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly a must read for all those who are involved with autism! The author explores a variety of areas within autism and along the way gives her son's experience with them!