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Embracing Autism: Connecting and Communicating with Children in the Autism Spectrum Hardcover – March 14, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078799586X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787995867
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,953,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Parish is an award-winning journalist with four nationally broadcast public TV documentaries about ASD to his credit. Filled with humor and hope, the essays give information on how people with ASD communicate and learn and what it takes to help them reach their full potential. (ASAP, 06/01/08)

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Embracing Autism

Since it was first identified in 1943, autism has confounded and frustrated the medical and educational communities. To date, there is no agreed-upon cause and there is no cure. While the physiological aberrations that create autism spectrum disorders (ASD) remain a mystery, the personal perspective of those who live and work with children and adults in the spectrum can be illuminating.

Embracing Autism presents sensitive, sometimes humorous, experience-based stories from teachers, clinicians, and parent activists within the autism community. With insight and heart, this book offers parents and educators a way to better understand the world inhabited by ASD children and adults. Each story is compelling, inspirational, and informational—providing a vital and helpful perspective for anyone who is working or living day-to-day with ASD.

Embracing Autism gives readers encouragement for navigating the uncharted territory of working with an ASD child. As the book explains, while teachers and parents can be well prepared in autism approaches and educational training, they must also be willing to let go of expectations—they must get down to the basic task of getting to know the person beyond the diagnosis.

Filled with passion and hope, Embracing Autism shows what makes people with ASD tick and gives useful information on how they communicate, learn, and ultimately what it takes to help them succeed.


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I found myself laughing and crying within the same story.
Natalee George
This book overlooks the stigmas and stereotypes and focuses on acceptance and the unique qualities our children bring to the world.
Gary W. Grafe
Our building has many children on the spectrum, and this book is helping to embrace and understand this population of people.
Christine

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book that includes interviews with parents, educators and clinicians about people with autism. The book opens with a parent/clinician who interviews a couple whose grown son had severe autism and was unable to care for himself. In a sad twist of irony, that same interviewer found herself answering similar questions about son Jacob, who has severe autism.

I like the way each personal account describes the behavior of the person with autism and how that behavior impacts on the lives of all whom they encounter. My favorite part was the chapter on Shawn Lyons, an extraordinarily bright young man with Asperger's Syndrome, the spectrum parter to autism.

Parts of Shawn's story were funny. I loved the very moving part of his impromptu joining a church production of the Nativity. Instead of being turned away and ordered back to his seat, the cast members allowed him to come on stage. When told that the chorus was going to sing, Shawn somehow got everyone, audience included to participate. That was my favorite part.

The only thing I didn't like was the word "perseverate," which is a damning and damaging word. "Excessive repetition," or "special interests" are far preferable and certainly speak to tolerance whereas that other word simply does not. The use of that word cost this book one star. Luckily Shawn dodged the bullet of just how very harmful that word really is. I am sorry it was ever applied to him in any way, shape and form, especially during his social skills lessons. It is a word best permanently retired.

On the other hand, Shawn's aides came up with some innovative ideas to help him learn how to "read" other people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tammy A. on March 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Honesty and humor is always a good combination and Robert Parish serves up plenty of both. I laughed hysterically as one contributor described air travel with her spectrum child, "It's just a little autism." I cried reading the personal accounts by parents and felt like they were telling my story...the despair, the hilarious moments, and the extraordinary lives we lead because of our spectrum children. It's wonderful to be able to describe our lives as "extraordinary" and really mean it. The book is highly readable, full of hope, and acceptance. Thanks Robert!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary W. Grafe on August 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Being a parent of a child with autism, I love the positive perspective this book gives professionals and parents. This book overlooks the stigmas and stereotypes and focuses on acceptance and the unique qualities our children bring to the world. Rob Parish has compiled so many perspectives by so many levels of this "disorder." This is a must read for everyone new to the world of autism!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Poet's Corner on May 8, 2008
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Robert Parish presents a collection of wonderfully written experiences, of family and friends, with children whom radiate a diverse light. Enlightening to those who may feel the need to pull a shade - encompassing to those with understanding - and for some to learn a new meaning of compassion. The stories recount the challenges faced day to day. The strengths they carry, the weakness they share. Take the time to challenge yourself and feel someone else's world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Natalee George on March 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Embracing Autism, by Robert Parish and Friends, is a fantastic read.
As an adult sibling of a brother with autism there are many stories and emotions in this book which I can relate to. I found myself laughing and crying within the same story. I am so pleased that there is a book which presents different points of views and levels of autism.
I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Bryan on May 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Embracing Autism: Connecting and Communicating with Children in the Autism Spectrum

Embracing Autism is a well-written compilation of life experiences, struggles and inspirational portraits of families and professionals who have lived with and improved the lives of children and adults in the autism spectrum. I heartily recommend it to families and friends of those parents who struggle with the diagnosis and are grappling with what this diagnosis means.

It will certainly help many to see the diverse nature of this diagnosis and help parents to view their children not as "impaired" but as "unique."

I do not have a child in the spectrum, but do have friends who are struggling with the diagnosis in their families. It helped me to view autism in a new light and unexpectedly, it also gave me inspiration in dealing with my own children outside of the spectrum.

The book certainly speaks to the frustrations of meltdowns, parents struggling with diagnosis and treatment, and the need for more continued education of those of us who do not have a child "in the spectrum." Our culture needs brave souls such as these to make themselves transparent, so that people, like I, can understand how to react, love and support those who live with this challenge.
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