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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802445055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802445056
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finding Your Child's Way on the Autism Spectrum will help the reader to understand the varying degrees of symptoms and the individuality of each child. Laura's experience with and commitment to raising her own son s one of her greatest assets in her mission to help other parents. Using her medical, parental, and theological backgrounds, she walks the reader through some very practical help and hope, regardless of where one's child may fall on the continuum.
-Dr. Stuart Scott, associate professor of Biblical Counseling; director, Center for Biblical Counseling, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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"Oh, the joy when he finally got it!"

Laura Hendrickson knows the challenges and victories of raising a child on the autism spectrum.

She believes your child has been uniquely made by God. And rather than wishing your child could be like everyone else, you can instead begin to hope that he'll grow up to be the adult God designed him to be, differences and all.

Dr. Hendrickson discusses social skills, rituals, friends, options for education and career, managing emotions, discipline, and more. You'll learn the importance of lavish praise and quiet correction, gentle pressure to learn, firm limits and consistency, and discipleship.

And wherever your child is on the autism spectrum, whether high or low functioning, verbal or nonverbal, you'll find helpful and hopeful information so you too can know the joy of your child "getting it" in his or her own unique way.


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Dr. Laura Hendrickson, trained as a medical doctor and board-certified as a psychiatrist, left her practice eighteen years ago to work full-time at home with her son, Eric, who had just been diagnosed with severe autism. What seemed at the time to be a terrible tragedy turned out to be the source of great blessing in both her and Eric's life. Through the struggle to raise a very different child, health and family challenges, God drew Dr. Laura close to Himself. Eric improved and began school. Dr. Laura trained at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation West in Biblical Counseling, learning to apply biblical principles first to her own struggles, then to the lives of her counselees.

Today Eric is considered recovered from autism. Dr. Laura is now an author, biblical counselor, and popular retreat and conference speaker. She loves sharing principles from Scripture, and helping women grow in their understanding of God's amazing love. Visit her at her web site: www.drlaurahendrickson.com

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High recommend it for those who have a child on the Spectrum.
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By the end of chapeter one we knew this book was for us.
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Dr. Laura Hendrickson, a biblical counselor and former psychiatrist, has composed an excellent resource for assisting parents to learn how to best raise their child given any challenges he or she might have on the autism spectrum. Hendrickson, herself the mother to a now adult son with autism, writes with a genuineness that cannot be lightly dismissed. Every mother's (and father's) heart will be torn right alongside Hendrickson's as she tells of getting that first diagnosis when Eric was three years old.

As a physician and an attentive mom, Hendrickson knew something was wrong when she would take Eric and their family dog to the beach on daily jaunts and it was her son who would be sitting alone, contentedly, far away from the water's edge (and noise) while their dog fearlessly ran the beach. Recounting those earlier memories, Hendrickson explains how she now understands that Eric couldn't handle the loud crashing of the waves, and he would cry alarmingly or alternately sit and stare vacantly.

Interestingly, it was the childhood film Dumbo that put a vision of what Eric could achieve in his mom's heart. She recalls saying to the Lord soon after the diagnosis, "Lord, I believe that You can do anything. Please make Eric soar." In line with the story itself, Eric "tripped" up a lot in the growing up years, but eventually he did soar. Hendrickson can help you help your child soar as well.

Threaded throughout this text, Hendrickson weaves Eric's story and her own, thus personalizing every challenge they overcame and making it "real" to other parents who are struggling to maintain a hopeful attitude in the home, despite the circumstances.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Kellogg on January 31, 2010
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I found the author's personal experiences with her child to be helpful and inspiring. She also gave good information on how to deal with behavioral challenges, such as stims and obsessions. I liked that instead of trying to get her son to completely stop talking about his obsessions, she dialogued with him and helped him to understand that other people may have differing views on the topic he obsessed about.
I did feel at times, she overly pushed the ABA program. This is a good program for many, but not all. I wish she had focused more on what parents can do at home, focusing more on play approaches and working on your child in his or her natural setting.
Another thing I found frustrating which the author probably couldn't control is the font of the book. It was such small type that it was difficult to read. It was almost like they were trying to get the book printed in less pages, so they decreased the font size.
I have to say I love the cover art and the title, which intrigued me. I wish though she had spent more time talking about things that she did at home with her son that helped and less on her opinion of the various approaches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Gilliland on March 3, 2011
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I absolutely love this book so far! I feel like it was meant for me, and more specifically for my son. I've read tons of books on autism, but never from a Christian perspective. This book is what you're looking for, I assure you. Read the specifics on the disorder, yes, and then read this one as well. You will not regret this purchase at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By s.ayala on January 4, 2013
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My wife and I always questioned if this was for us. I know we didn't want to think this could be but we both knew our son could be borderline. Our son's second grade teacher recomened this book and we are blessed to have gotten this book. By the end of chapeter one we knew this book was for us. I hope this book helps you find the missing pice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hackett on May 29, 2010
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I would have to say the best thing about this book is her main theme that God has created your child for His purpose and Glory and we need to understand this as parents. When we put the 'pressure' on ourselves that we are responsible for everything, we are taking away from what God has planned for our child's lives. This is what I will take from the book and continue to use to encourage me on my journey with my son.

I too am dissapointed with her empahsis on ABA. Teaching children only to perform 'behaviours' without getting them to 'think' is not my idea of the best therapy. Yes, some ABA has it's place- especially when problem behaviours need to be dealt with, but there are many behaviours that are rotely taught without any thought.
Mostly, I am dissapointed that near the end of the book she gives a short little summary of other methods and then says whether she can recommend them or not. Personnally, I don't feel she has enough expertise on them to give her recommendations. She says positive about the RDI program and would recommend it, but recommends doing ABA first. If she did more thorough research on RDI, she would learn that they are somewhat opposed to ABA and actually teach that ABA methods make your child more 'Autistic'. I know this because I have just completed 6 months on the RDI program and watched their parent teaching and educational videos. #By the way, I do really like the RDI program and think it has wonderful benefits- used alongside other methods#.

She says she can not recommend the 'Neurodevelopmental' approach basically because of a quote by the Americal Pediatric Assocation #I think that's the one#. The brief summary she gives seems very basic compared to what I have learned about it from the workshops attended.
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