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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593634021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593634025
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claire Hughes-Lynch writes with the authority that comes from holding a Ph.D. in special education and the humanity that comes from being the mother of a child with autism. Her book—at once an accessible reference manual, a touching memoir, and a practical guidebook—is a compelling read for any parent of a child on the autism spectrum. --Mary McLaughlin, M.Ed., author of the autism blog, Mom Not Otherwise Specified

The humor, honesty, and real-world examples that the author brings from her personal perspective as a parent makes it easy to digest the incredible amount of information and research she provides as a professor. I strongly recommend this book not only to parents, but also to educators, administrators, politicians, and anyone else even remotely curious about ASD. --Wendy W. Murawski, Ph.D., professor, California State University

The humor, honesty, and real-world examples that the author brings from her personal perspective as a parent makes it easy to digest the incredible amount of information and research she provides as a professor. I strongly recommend this book not only to parents, but also to educators, administrators, politicians, and anyone else even remotely curious about ASD. --Wendy W. Murawski, Ph.D., professor, California State University

About the Author

Claire E. Hughes-Lynch is associate professor of special education at the College of Coastal Georgia. She received her doctorate in both gifted education and special education from The College of William and Mary. Her research interests include cognitive interventions for children with autism, Response to Intervention, and twice-exceptional children.

Customer Reviews

I finally came across this book and am so glad I found it.
Booklovingal
The more I read, the more I found myself going "yes! that is my child! Someone else understands!"
Kris Irvin
I am sure they will find this book as informative and as easy to read as I did.
Jennifer

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lealbr on March 28, 2010
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This is a helpful book as told by a mother in the autism trenches, who also happens to be a highly trained educator. The story contains plenty of easily understood analogies and personal stories relating directly to each topic at hand and is presented in a conversational format. Parents of children with disabilities or any kind of disfunction need a support network, and this book could be your first step to finding one because the resource guide in the back of the book is worth the purchase price alone. I recommend this book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on February 21, 2011
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My daughter was diagnosed as autistic only 3 months ago, but in trying to read and research as much as possible, few books seem to fit her. She does not have an official "high functioning" clarification on her diagnosis but she seems to fit with this book. Despite having limited time to read, I could not put this book down, finishing it in just a couple of days.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting both a personal connection to another mother battling her way through the journey but also as a pretty good reference for a lot of information. I am in fact, passing this book along to my mother and sister to read because they have little to no knowledge on autism and they have expressed interest for my daughter's sake. I am sure they will find this book as informative and as easy to read as I did.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Luan T. on April 3, 2013
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I found the first 30 pages of this book informative. But then the author quickly becomes self-absorbed and at times angry and bitter. She often mixes personal narratives and scientific knowledge to the point where the reader doesn't know if what she is saying is based on empirical research or her personal experience. She writes more about her daughter's condition than that of her son. Statistically, there are more boys with high-functioning autism. Consequently, there are fewer parents who can relate to her situation. By her own account, she is the main caregiver for her two special needs children, while her husband is doing little. Nevertheless, he is a "great father and husband." The author often has to remind herself and the reader of her academic credentials in gifted and special education. But for all her touting about her expertise, this book lacks the professional "objectivity" one would expect from someone with a Ph.D. in this field. I get the impression that the author wrote this book more for self-therapeutic purposes. I would recommend this book only to angry mothers with autistic girls and laid-back husbands.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Bailey on March 3, 2010
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There are literally hundreds of books on autism, but what distinguishes this one is the breadth of information relayed in a very personable style. The Appendix lists an amazing number of references; chapters offer detailed guidelines for getting help from professionals; and the intimate stories of a mother's experiences make this book one of the very best to read, and then re-read, and then use as a reference as a situation arises. Some of the very helpful sections include how to get the most from your IEP meeting- told by an insider; terminology that is useful to use with professionals; an overview of mainstream and alternative therapies and treatments; and practical strategies that can make life at home easier. In addition, the book covers warning signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders. I highly recommend this book as a guidebook for parents, grandparents, and mothers-in-law!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Jimenez on December 25, 2012
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I am a mother of a child with high functioning autism. The content and writing style were so relatable. I think I cried after reading the first couple of pages because it felt good to finally feel like someone understood the unique position you are in being the parent of a child with this condition, but not severe enough to be widely recognized like "Classic" autism. I have read and re-read this book again, and shared parts of it with family and friends in many discussions. It made me feel like I wasn't alone. I would most definately recommend this to parents, but also to family and friends of people with children who have autism. It gives a very simple and relatable glimpse into what it's like to have a child who doesn't have obvious characteristics of autism, but also shows the struggles and emotions that go along with it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Chance on October 9, 2012
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No index. How do you title a book a "guide" yet have no index? I was curious as to what information there was on potty training and had to flip through the book in order to find the section, which was comprised of narratives with very little practical help. Most of the information in this book can be found on the numerous autism websites. Reading this was like reading a series of columns in some health magazine found in the doctor's office. I am hugely disappointed in this book and would not recommend it to anyone. If the author would like to contact me so I can get a full refund, please do so, otherwise I'll be selling it back used on Amazon.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Kathleen S. Cooter on April 7, 2010
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The diagnosis is in. Your child has autism. After the tears, who do you turn to? The experts? Other parents? Who can truly know and understand how you feel? Your fears? Your pain?

The book "Children with High-Functioning Autism" by Dr. Claire Hughes-Lynch is written by a special education expert who is a mom of two young children - one of whom has high functioning autism, the other with autistic tendencies. Her insights are both personal and professional as she takes the reader along on her sometimes painful, often times joyful adventure in parenting two children with special needs.

The story is honest as she explores how the family dynamics change, the husband-wife relationship, schooling misadventures and successes, etc. It is a book of the heart and the head as she takes apart the gobbledy gook of acronyns and treatment options.

Dr Hughes-Lynch describes the book as a map of her personal journey in mothering and parenting. It is a map that will both comfort and inform, make you laugh and cry a bit as well as ease the loneliness of the word "autism" and expose some of its beauties.
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More About the Author

I am an Associate Professor of Special Education at the College of Coastal Georgia where I teach in an integrated Elementary/Special Education teacher preparation program. I have a doctorate in gifted education and special education from the College of William and Mary and was recently a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, studying autism. Most importantly, I am the mother of two children, "Elizabeth"- who is 8 years old and after an awful lot of therapy, no longer qualifies for a label of Pervasive Developmental Delay-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and "Raymond"- who is 7 years old and has Generalized Anxiety Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (GAD-NOS) and Tourette's Syndrome. I've changed their names in this book for their own privacy sakes... They don't care now, but they will when they're in middle school...

I am also the author of this book that integrates both aspects of my life, "Children with High Functioning Autism: A Parent's Guide". I've sat at both sides of that IEP table, and I fully believe that both professionals and parents have a lot to learn from each other.

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