Laughing and Loving with Autism: A Collection of "Real Life" Warm and Humorous Stories


If you know and love a child with autism, this book will warm your heart! R. Wayne Gilpin, founder of Future Horizons, Inc., has compiled humorous anecdotes revealing his son Alex's wisdom and wit. (Alex's sense of humor is legendary.) Mingled with uplifting stories from other parents of children with autism, Laughing and Loving with Autism ...

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If you know and love a child with autism, this book will warm your heart! R. Wayne Gilpin, founder of Future Horizons, Inc., has compiled humorous anecdotes revealing his son Alex's wisdom and wit. (Alex's sense of humor is legendary.) Mingled with uplifting stories from other parents of children with autism, Laughing and Loving with Autism was born. Be sure to check out the two sequels: More Laughing and Loving with Autism, and Much More Laughing and Loving with Autism.
Helpful sections include:

  • Laughing
  • Music
  • Sexual / Improper Language
  • Church
  • Facilitated Communication
  • Home
  • Out Into the "Real" World
  • School

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“It educated me on autism more than any clinical book I’ve read and I laughed and cried while learning."

“You can’t imagine how much I could relate my own experiences to these stories."
Special Education Diagnostician


“I’d almost swear that you were reading through my case files—I loved the book."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885477040
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 127
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Wayne Gilpin founded the Future Horizons publishing company in 1996. Before that, he was publishing car repair guides and law books. But his son’s diagnosis of autism rerouted his career path. He joined the Autism Society of America and was voted president in 1987. Collecting as much information on autism as he could, Wayne was saddened by the fact that all of the resources at the time were very negative and offered little hope for his son. But his experience told a different story. His son Alex was a gentle, honest, and intelligent person, and Wayne was confident that Alex would overcome his obstacles and defy the odds. To bring a little light into the autism community, he compiled and published a book called Laughing and Loving with Autism. It contained humorous and touching stories from parents of children with autism. It was the first book to really capture the positive aspects of these kids, and it gave other parents hope. Now, over 100 books and DVDs later, Future Horizons is the leading autism publisher in the world.

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Table of Contents

PART I: Laughing
A Lesson In “Proper" Identifications
Dr. Doolittle, I Presume
But If It Could, What Would It Say?
Just Don't Go to the Library with Her
Double Your Pleasure
Dear Senator
Here we Go Again
Dear Columbia House
Instant Family??
What's in a Name?

PART II: Music
Do You Need Whitney If You Have Rusty?
Memory Is a Wonderful Singing Skill

PART III: Sexual / Improper Language
Way to Ruin a Guy’s Thanksgiving
We Think He Understands!
A Lesson on French Toast
Some Questions You Shouldn’t Ask
Safe Game
Where Do Kids Hear These Things?
The Mystery of the Blue Light Special

PART IV: Church
Then why did he give the signal? Hymn
“Refreshing" Visit to Church

PART V: Facilitated Communication
Maybe He Was Just Being Polite

“Murder" At Bondi - A Story of Nicholas Power
A Christmas Gift
Be Careful What You Ask For
Put That Mouse Back in his Home!
Maybe Also a Few Good Books and Valium?
Nite, Nite
I’ll Make It Go Away
Haven’t We All Felt This Way?
The Boy Who Fell from Grace with His Mommy, and Took His Dad with Him
Who’s Sorry Now?
Definitely Not a Fat Cat

PART VII: Out Into the “Real" World
Sarah’s Shopping Spree
There Has to Be an Easier Way
Take My Sister - Doc - Please
I’ll Drink to That
We All Need a Life!
Good Choice

Newton’s Law
Never Stand Between a Boy and His Calendar

PART IX: Poignant
David: A Different Kind of Miracle
This Is a Father
Sometimes a Walk in the Park is More Than a Walk in the Park
Being You and Me
“Special" Special Kid
Ode to Scott
Opening the Cage Called Autism
Notes from a Missing Link: Welcome to My World
The Contributions of Sam



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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2002

    The sunny side of autism...

    Being a parent of a child with autism, I know how difficult daily life can be when you are raising a child with a disability. Parents need reassurance that our lives are not the only ones turned topsy-turvy by autism. This book will remind everyone how uniquely children and adults with all levels of autism view the world around them. For a truly rare glimpse into the minds of individuals with autism, read and enjoy the stories in this book.

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