With its 101 stories from other parents and experts, this book will comfort, encourage, and uplift parents of children with autism and Asperger’s.
If you are the parent of a child – from newborn to college age – with autism or Asperger’s, you will find support, advice, and insight in these 101 stories from other parents and experts. Stories cover everything from the serious side and the challenges, to the lighter side and the positives, of having a special child on the autism spectrum.
|Publisher:||Chicken Soup for the Soul|
|Sold by:||SIMON & SCHUSTER|
|File size:||5 MB|
About the Author
Mary Beth Marsden is a longtime Baltimore newscaster and founder/executive producer of the video resource website Real Look Autism.
Nancy Burrows is an experienced print and television writer and producer, and contributor to Real Look Autism video resource website.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am the mom of four special needs children - varying special needs and many of these stories are just as applicable to those relationships. One of our kids is on the spectrum and his challenges are definitely unique. We often feel like no one understands the challenges we must deal with. We feel isolated and sometimes challenged to the brink of what we can handle. This book is "so totally awesome". It provides renewed hope and strength to continue. I definitely could not put this book down. As soon as I heard about it, I requested it. I could not wait! I absolutely recommend this book for anyone who has a child on the spectrum or who works with children on the spectrum. The staff at my son's school is awesome but I am going to get them each this book. It can only enhance their understanding of the children and the emotions involved in raising them. Although parenting does not come with a rule book - this an awesome tool for any parent of a child on the spectrum. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is an inspiring book about seeing people in a different light. Not only childern on the spectrum, but the parents as well. The more we know the more compassionate we are and that makes the world a better place.
When it comes to ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, the key word that strikes me is spectrum. Such a huge range of stories and experiences! The Chicken Soup series is designed to be inspirational and uplifting, so it is no surprise that while many of the stories include pain, frustration, grief, and challenges, they tend to end in a positive way. I’m a “neuro-typical” mother, with an adult son who is also neuro-typical. However, there are ASD kids and parents of ASD kids, all around me, including four of my blog and Twitter friends who have stories in this anthology. My son has an adult half-brother on the spectrum, and my son talks with love, even excitement, about someday becoming his brother’s literal “keeper,” since it is unlikely his brother will ever be able to live on his own. While many of the heartwarming stories were things most parents could relate to, clearly, raising a child on the spectrum brings with it many special challenges as well as rewards. I applaud the parents, siblings, teachers, and others who have a beloved family member on the spectrum, who focus on the silver linings instead of the dark clouds. Still, I cannot help but be troubled by a) the growing percentage of the population with these disorders, and b) the support system that isn’t, really - great in some places, almost totally missing in others. While with therapy and assistance many children on the spectrum grow up to be independent, self-sufficient adults who are a HUGE asset to their communities, others will never be able to live independently - and then what? Since parents generally die before their children, and grow infirm sometime before that, what are we planning to DO with these people? They don’t all have siblings or other relatives willing and able to bring them into their homes. This is something we as a society need to think about, talk about, and plan for, sooner, rather than later. I think for parents, siblings, teachers, and others with an ASD family member, this book will be a treasured “We Are Not Alone” collection of stories that will be read and reread. As someone touched by ASD in a less direct way, I still enjoyed the anthology, and hope many others will pick it up for a deeper understanding of these men, women, and children on the spectrum who are part of our world.