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Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together 1st Edition

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<DIV>"A lifeline of support, guidance, research, and practice. With his firsthand experience as a parent, psychologist and advocate , Dr. Naseef has created an invaluable resource for families as well as for educators and clinicians."</DIV> (Barbara Firestone, Ph.D.) --Review

"Naseef has found that elusive balance between writing a book that is informative and insightful and also warm and inviting . . . Every family who receives a diagnosis of autism for their child should be given this book with a hot cup of tea and a warm blanket. Autism in the Family is an indispensable read, bound to be read again and again throughout a child's life. A truly wonderful resource." --Shana Nichols, Owner/Director of ASPIRE Centre for Learning and Development and author of Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum

"Combining the skills of an experienced therapist, the talents of an inspired teacher, and the courage to share the wisdom gained from often painful personal experience, Dr. Naseef is the consummate advocate not only for the child but also for the entire family." --Lawrence W. Brown, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics; Director, Pediatric Neuropsychiatry Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

About the Author

Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D., along with his wife Cindy N. Ariel, Ph.D., has a full-time independent practice in psychology that specializes in working with families of children with special needs. Dr. Naseef has a foot in each world because he himself is the father of a child with autism. He is a family consultant at Specare Pediatric Center, which provides a medical home for children with special health care needs in the Delaware Valley, and serves as a consultant to school districts, special education parent groups, and human services organizations. He writes regular columns at www.specialchild.com, www.kidsdirect.net/parentsdirect, and www.specialchildren.about.com. A native of Philadelphia who received his doctoral degree in psychological studies from Temple University, Dr. Naseef has a broad background in both education and psychology, with special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood. He was instrumental in developing a training package to foster parent-professional collaboration for the New Jersey Department of Education, Division of Special Education, and taught graduate courses at Antioch University in Philadelphia and Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He held clinical privileges in psychology at the Pennsylvania Hospital's Department of Psychiatry and serves on the board of directors of the Center for Autistic children, the professional advisory board of the Pathway School, and the parent steering committee of the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning and Developmental Disorders.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing; 1 edition (November 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598572415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598572414
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Autism in the Family, Dr. Robert Naseef's double-sided point of view of life with autism, sure rings true to this member of the tribe. As a mother of a young adult on the spectrum, it's empowering to finally hear from an "expert" that, in fact, yes, we parents are the real experts. Naseef assures us that we know our child better than anyone else in the world. That is no small thing. The author knows what he's talking about because he has sat on both sides of the table -- at the sort of IEPs and visits to specialists and group housing facilities that often leave parents discouraged, diminished, and reeling. He recalls his own feelings of heartbreak and grief upon first receiving the diagnosis of autism, or as he's heard other parents in his practice call it, the A-Bomb. The book is full of refreshing humor about the non-sequiturs of loving someone on the spectrum, but Naseef and his family have lived a difficult life. His autistic son Tariq, now 33, stopped talking and playing with his toys at 18 months. Since then the boy has become a fine teacher to this father and therapist. The lesson learned is one of acceptance. In a poignant open letter to Tariq, Naseef writes that a different sort of life can be a good one. "Without speaking a word, you have taught the little boy in me to speak and remember what I once knew." He also hits many nerves that parents are eager to calm in a non-judgmental atmosphere: fathers struggling with depression and denial over the diagnosis, and the emotional toll raising a child with autism can take on a marriage.
Parents of all differently-abled children should read this book for its honest, intelligent and, dare I say it, hopeful look into the long journey ahead. Through it all, there is the sense of a strong guiding hand, the hard-earned expertise of a father who just happens to be an expert himself.
- Glen Finland, author of Next Stop: A Son With Autism Grows Up [...] [...]
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p. 216 - "So this is not just a story about me and my son; everyone can benefit from finding links to events in their own lives..."

I didn't want to believe what had happened to my baby but I saw it happen with my own eyes and when the doctor said the word "autism" I don't remember feeling anything at all - I was just numb. I went home and watched Rain Man and Helen Keller. I thought it was my job to be Annie Sullivan - I was going to fix the autism. I really thought autism was about getting my son to sit in his chair and fold his napkin. It was like that for a long time, like declaring war on autism, compounded with other family problems. I was the mother whose son didn't sleep through the night for nearly eight years (p.23) and broke every window in our house (Chapter 5). I also "laid hands" on my son and prayed that God would give him a new brain and I thought it was my fault when he didn't change because I didn't have enough faith (Chapter 11).

p.84 -"People cannot control what autism can do to their lives...What they can do is relate to their lives differently."

Dr. Naseef teaches the truths that "people cannot control their thoughts or emotions within themselves or the universal truth that everything evolves and changes." Some of us have been rendered powerless by the autism, but even the most challenging situations faced by families with autism are always unfolding, leaving us choices how we can respond to our suffering.

Today, my son also is safe and happy and I "stumble on happiness" when I visit him at his residential school at Bancroft in Haddonfield, NJ. When we are together he likes to write the alphabet and sing Barney songs.
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Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together by Dr. Robert Naseef

Autism: look it up on the Internet; read about it in a magazine; watch a prime time special. If what you have seen or read strikes a nerve, and makes you want to know more, you must read Dr. Naseef's book. It does more than offer information; it opens your mind, and touches your heart. It breaks through the isolation that families experience once they receive the autism bomb.

When you're dealing with the 24/7 challenges of autism you might fear that you don't have time to read another book about autism. I get it. I've been there. I'm still here. Most of the books don't reach you on a personal or practical level. However, Dr. Naseef's book is different. I urge you to put this book on the nightstand near your bed. Download it to your iPad. Invest thirty minutes or less to read the first three pages, including praise from leading experts. Read the forward, preface, acknowledgments and finally the Prologue: A Letter to My Son. By then you'll know you're in the hands of someone you can trust. What makes this book more insightful is how it invites men into the discussion. If you're the father of a child with autism, you'll believe you've finally found someone who hears your heart, who shares the broken dream, who gives you permission to say aloud what others may judge as heartless. Face your grief without judgment as Dr. Naseef invites you into "the secret life of men". Gain new insights as you read the chapter "Big Boys Don't Cry "; Amazon offers you the opportunity to read passages from the book online. Meet Dr. Naseef as he shares his experiences into the challenges a father faces when raising a child with autism, by watching the YouTube video: Dr. Robert Naseef Fathers and Autism.
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