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My Child Is Autistic Paperback – December 31, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouseUK (December 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456771884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456771881
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.9 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,807,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Renitha Tutin came to the UK from Malaysia when she was 20 years old, having been awarded a British High Commissioner Awards Scholarship. After graduation, she went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. She left industry after her autistic son was born and now teaches part-time at the University of Bristol, devoting the rest of her time to him.


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The author gives a truly personal account of her experiences without being over-sentimental.
PaulW
A great read for parents trying to come to terms with the news their child is on the autistic spectrum and for those close too those struggling with the news.
Melissa G
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about autism but also to anyone that likes an inspiring story to read.
Sarah M

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ABT on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book presents an incredibly honest and direct account of what is like to be a parent of an autistic child. The author, through a mix of personal experiences and advice reveals the story of her family and how they have overcome difficulties to help her child develop and integrate into society.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn more about this subject, irrespective of whether they live with an autistic child or not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BeanySquil on January 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
A realistic, honest and incredibly positive account of what it is like to be a parent of an autistic child. The most important message conveyed through the book is one of hope. The author's courage to challenge society's preconception that we must at all costs strive to become "normal", is refreshing and encouraging. She embraces and celebrates the fundamental principal that we are all different and there is a place for us all in society. This attitude to life, together with hard work, determination and practical strategies they have created and tailored to their needs (examples given throughout the book), really have helped her and her husband to connect to their autistic son and to allow him to actualise the beautiful person he is within.

The book is very well organised, the first chapter introduces the important idea of hope and gives the background behind the book. Subsequent chapters then go on to cover the areas specific to living as a family with an autistic child. Starting with "Acceptance" and covering areas such as: school (up to age 8 years old); music; motor skills; speech and communication; empathy and emotions; sensory overload and isolation. The final chapter "Bright Side" is really where the author breaks through the pessimistic stereotype that autism is simply doom and gloom and highlights the positive aspects she has encountered with her family.

I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone with an interest in Autistic Spectrum Disorders, especially those who have a child who has recently been diagnosed as being on the Autistic Spectrum. In addition I feel that the book, especially the chapter on "Isolation", would be of great use for friends of those that have autistic children.
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Format: Paperback
This book raises the pain, confusion and difficulties that can surround raising a child with autism. It is also an example of how the condition is not necessarily static, but that children with autism can grow and develop beyond expectations, even to the extent that their initial diagnosis effectively changes. This book struck many chords with me and it was interesting to read the many problems faced by one mother and how she dealt with them. Tutin also raises many interesting issues, such as the need for a non-uniform but informed approach to autism, and her understanding of the causes of autism. The book provides a valuable insight into autistic family life and should be read by all professionals and policy makers so that they understand how hard life can be for some families. Parents also need to know that there is much to hope for, that the struggle to cope with and understand their child is worthwhile and that incredible progress can be made from not just learning about autism per se, but from playing to your own and your child's strengths and from finding your own unique way to best help your child and enjoy family life.
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A compelling story of a devoted mother whose hopes and dreams of raising her firstborn are shattered when she realises he is severely autistic. Through sheer grit and determination along with the support of people around, she overcomes the odds to secure her special child a place in the world. The author certainly takes the reader through a journey of hope - in sadness and laughter. For parents and even those slightly curious about autism, it is a must read!
Look forward to reading about more progress made and hope to see this develop into a series.
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