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“This book is a great tool to learn how to adapt to changes that many parents were not prepared for and how to tackle these issues head on. It also prepares parents for the bumps and setbacks that they might encounter throughout the process of fighting for what's best for their child.”  —Abby Rodgers, behavioral specialist



Dads And Autism is without a doubt a must-read for any parent, care-giver, teacher and therapist who comes in daily contact with an autistic youngster. This much-needed book is written with a bold and honest disclosure of a first-hand experience and generosity in sharing carefully constructed knowledge of current research and theories on the subject of autism.”  —Jadwiga K. Lon, M.A., special education

About the Author

Emerson B. Donnell III has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Rutgers University. He lives in Califon, New Jersey. Elaine Hardy, MS, RN, APN, C, is a board certified nurse practitioner and has more than 10 years experience in oncology, pediatrics, women's healthcare, and holisitc medicine, with special interest in the biomedical treatment of autism. She lives in New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Altruist Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578019019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578019017
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just read Dads and Autism, wonderful!! Emerson opens his home, heart and soul with the reader. He is a realist yet hopeful and puts it all out there. I honestly felt as if he was talking directly to me, and his methods are phenomenal. It is a must read for anybody facing this tragic disease. It gives both insight and hope and is truly written from experience and from the heart.
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This book was a fantastic read. As a behavior analyst and therapist, this book addresses some areas that are often overlooked when it comes to ASD. Most programs focus on academics and self help skills. However, Emerson discusses certain skill areas that are not usually the focal point of treatment such as teaching a child emotional and affectionate behaviors. Emerson addresses these basic tactics that any parent can implement at home (e.g., receiving hugs when you walk through the door, blowing out candles on a birthday cake, unwrapping presents, etc.) He breaks these skills down in a systematic fashion and clearly explains how to go about achieving these goals. Teaching your child these skills are significant if you want to be "part of his/her world" and form that special bond that every parent wants with his/her child.
This book is a great tool to learn how to adapt to changes that many parents were not prepared for and how to tackle these issues head on. It also prepares parents for the bumps and setbacks that they might encounter throughout the process of fighting for what's best for their child. It is also informative in the sense that Emerson discusses different treatments, vaccines, medications,possible causes,etc. I also felt that the chapter on IEP meetings was extremely crucial because many parents do not know what to expect let alone what to ask when it comes to their child's education.
I think this book can guide any parent through this tough process and still give him/her the courage to stand strong and know that there is hope for his/her child.
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Emerson Donnell put into words,how its like living with a child with special needs, life is like a roller cooster from one day to the next, sometimes minute to minute.
Reading the book was one of the hardest things to do, but the joy and pleasure that also came from this book was beyond belief, to see your little boy living in his own world, no hugs, no kisses, not wanting to be touched.
With the help and support from teachers, friends, and family
and of course Emerson and his wife Jennifer giving their life to this child to make him become one of the most lovable and huggable child you could imagine, they still have a long ways to go.. But from reading the book, they have made outstanding strides, by working with him each day and giving him the love and support he needs. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a child with special needs, or just a great book to read. IT WILL TOUCH YOUR HEART.
JOANNE
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Highly recommend this book!

I just read "Dads and Autism" by Emerson Donnell cover to cover in one weekend. I was very impressed with Donnell's personal writing style - it read like he was talking 1:1 with you giving you personal advice on how to make a difference in the life of a child with Autism. You will step into the life of this father who admits this is not the life he planned and follow him as he adjusts his expectations and embraces his son and his special needs. Donnell describes his raw emotions both when he suspected and received confirmation that his son has autism and in the celebrations as his son achieves developmental milestones. Reading this book will bring you closer to understanding the life of a family with a child with autism. Expect an emotional but inspiring read!
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