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Dads and Autism: How to Stay In the Game Paperback – September 1, 2009
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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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