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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Altruist Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578019019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578019017
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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It's the first four years of his life, but little Emerson has already taught me so much. He was born to a self centered father who only thought of his own world crashing down around him when the diagnosis came. Autism cut me open and drained me of self. It whispered in my ear and pushed me to leave, but its insidious effects backfired. Instead I filled with resolve, compassion and purpose. Becoming a man with purpose grounded me in a way. The smiles and hugs that I worked so hard to instill in him now give me so much solace and peace. And best yet, the tides have turned. Every smile, every glimmer in his eyes and giggling interaction slashes back at autism. This condition may well be with us the rest of our lives, but it's no longer the overwhelming monster that first overshadowed us in the Neurologists room.
Jen and I have a journey ahead of us full of challenges and nuances that I'm sure we are not prepared for. However, I do believe, perhaps naively that the hardest is over. Since the day Emerson was born I've battled my inner demons as well as his, but we've emerged stronger and closer. I can now truly say he loves me the way I always wanted him to. After all the concerted energy, tears and support from Jen, our families and friends, I finally have before me a son who will look at me with round happy eyes and who comes to me for affection and hugs. He's so beautiful when he's looking at me.

If you're a father struggling to bond with his child, please read through this guide. It's the only one of its kind to help fathers (and mothers) develop affectionate behaviors and specific strategies to help parents bond.

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It is a must read for anybody facing this tragic disease.
Donna Mellon
Reading this book will bring you closer to understanding the life of a family with a child with autism.
Sarah Egan
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a child with special needs, or just a great book to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna Mellon on September 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Abby N. Rodgers on October 17, 2009
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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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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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