Dragonfly: A Daughter's Emergence from Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents

Dragonfly: A Daughter's Emergence from Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents

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Dragonfly: A Daughter's Emergence from Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents by Lori Ashley Taylor

A parent's guide to helping children with autism maximize their potential.

Over a decade ago, an autism diagnosis had confined Lori Ashley Taylor's daughter Hannah to an inaccessible world. Lori became a tireless researcher, worker, and advocate, and her dedication showed results. There can be progression and shifting on the spectrum, and Hannah has done just that—she has emerged.

Part narrative and part practical guide, Dragonfly provides anecdotal and practical guidance for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. The author discusses intervention strategies, therapies such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), and different medical tests. She explains Autism terminology like hyperresponsivesness and stimming. A classroom teacher herself, she recommends educational accommodations and supports. Busy parents can find practical tips on everything from making friends to Sensory Processing Disorder in helpful sidebars in the text. Taylor's personal experience is supplemented by wisdom from a series of round table discussions featuring other parents of children with autism.

In the summer of 2013, eight-year-old Hannah wrote "Life of a Dragonfly," a poem with repeated parallel stanzas that used the stages of a dragonfly's life as a mirror for her own physical and cognitive development. Among its wisdom was: "Hope rises, and I begin to reveal my concealed wings. I begin to understand language and what I am meant to do."

Taylor has helped her daughter find her wings; in Dragonfly , she gives other parents the tools to do the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510732179
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 465,091
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

A special needs mom and autism advocate, Lori Ashley Taylor is founder and publisher of Emerging from Autism, co-founder and director of Hendricks County Autism Support Group, a professional speaker, and a member of Avon School Corporation's Autism Team. Taylor's 24-year career as a classroom teacher includes licensing in special needs, a specialization she brings to the classroom, to leadership and advocacy roles in the community, and to her writing. Taylor and her two children live in a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jennifer O’Toole is the author of ASA's 2014 Outstanding Literary Work and bestselling Asperkids series. One of Tony Attwood's "Top Aspie Mentors" and winner of the Temple Grandin Award for Global Contributions, Jennifer has advised the President's Council on Disabilities and keynotes internationally. She was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2010.

Table of Contents

Author's Notes xi

Foreword xiii

Prologue xvii

Introduction xix

Meet the Ladies of Wisdom from the Round Table xxv

Timeline xxix

Chapter 1 The "D" Word (Diagnosis/Identification) 1

Chapter 2 Life before Autism 15

Chapter 3 Something's Not Quite Right (Early Signs and Worries) 25

Chapter 4 Rewriting the Script (The Earliest Interventions) 39

Chapter 5 A Baby Boy is Born (Sibling Relationships) 63

Chapter 6 Strength in Numbers (The Power of Community) 83

Chapter 7 Changing Normal (Stage Two Interventions) 101

Chapter 8 Holidays and Vacations 129

Chapter 9 Flying Solo (Single Motherhood) 149

Chapter 10 Both Sides of the Table (Meeting Students' Educational Needs) 169

Chapter 11 Find Your Warriors 189

Chapter 12 Autism Anecdotes 203

Chapter 13 Acceptance and Fostering Independence 223

Chapter 14 A New Day 253

Epilogue 269

Appendix: Glossary, Endnotes, Suggested Resources, and Index 271

Acknowledgments 293

About the Author 295

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