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About the Author

Rebecca Landa, PhD, is the founder and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and the REACH research program at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; Original edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611599083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611599084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Cleaver on April 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
As I read through The Chicken Soup For the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum, memories come flooding back. My autistic children are adults now, so many of these descriptions are memories for me. But I so identify with these other parents, siblings, and writers who are on the spectrum themselves. There is a certain commonality among those in the autism community.

A boy in one of the stories was obsessed by the color blue. Green was my son's color for many years. Everything had to be green: his blankets, pajamas, plates, glasses, shirts. If he could have had green jeans, he would have been delighted. But a 6-foot kid in the 6th grade has to take what his mother can find. Land's End jeans unhemmed, so I could sew just the tiniest of hems. 30 x 36 was a tall order. He still needed a belt to hold them up.

The first story by Leigh Merryday speaks of the "kind of death" that occurs as we face the diagnosis of autism. The grief. I felt that, too.

The boy who was misunderstood and underestimated now speaks at Asperger's conferences. His mother says, "they should see him now."

This book is about the very real struggles that families dealing with autism face. It also includes many joys. If you want to know what autism is like, get this book. If you want to find partners in the struggle, find people who are on the same journey, get this book. You will find solace and encouragement in its pages. I recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brenda F. on April 16, 2013
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I was excited to see that the chicken soup for the soul series had done a book about autism and ASD. Having a child on the spectrum I immediately ordered the book and am glad I did.It was very inspiring and moving . Reading about families dealing with the stares of strangers in public places when their child had a meltdown or sensory issues made me tear up at times,going through this now myself with my toddler I know I'm not alone . I highly recommended this book
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M's mom on April 3, 2013
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I am only began to read this but already I love it, the first chapter for me explains perfectly how I feel and what it is like to have a child with Autism. I highly recommend it
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The IEMommy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 2, 2013
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum is full of stories from the heart of parents with Autistic and Asperger's children. The stories are real and not fabricated and give the reader a new appreciation for these parents.

The book covers the everyday struggles that these families are faced with, and many accomplishments along the way. It is meant to inspire the reader and give them hope if they are on the same journey.

One of the stories talks about a mom that had to take martial arts as part of her parenting to contain her son to keep him safe at times. This is her reality that the parenting books could never prepare her for and her story is so inspiring. I hope that other parents gain great knowledge from her courageous story and the many contained in this book.

There is hope printed on each page and intertwined into each story. I applaud the authors for a job well done for it touches your heart and gives the reader great understanding.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum is moving and uplifting and will touch you deeply.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Stuff of Success TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27, 2013
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on April 17, 2013
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I ordered this book just the other day, and since I received it- I have not been able to put it down! I find it very uplifting. I am a mother of a fanatasic son who has Aspergers/ASD and I have been looking for a book like this forever! It makes me laugh, and cry. This book is full of fantastic quotes, great stories and most importantly it gives me a greater sense of HOPE for the future. To take a quote from Leigh Merryday in the book regarding the challenges of raising a child on the spectrum- "This,like many challenges one never asks for- isn't easy. But I assure you, these children are WORTH IT" I absolutely LOVE this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shelby Gregory on April 25, 2013
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My youngest son has Asperger Syndrome, so this book appealed to me right away! Many of the stories< I can totally relate to. I would recommend it to anyone with a child, or someone in their family, who is on the autism spectrum.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Diehl on May 13, 2013
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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?
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