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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: 5 x 0.3 x 8 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: #204,339 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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A realistic, honest and incredibly positive account of what it is like to be a parent of an autistic child.
BeanySquil
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.
ABT
It offers great hope to readers who may have someone autistic in their family as well as some good advice and practical tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BeanySquil on January 11, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ABT on January 13, 2011
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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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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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By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2011
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Upon reading this book, any parent of an autistic child will feel they have found a friend. The author gives a truly personal account of her experiences without being over-sentimental. She is open and honest about her feelings, fears and struggles whilst managing to convey a picture of hope and happiness. But the book is not just a paper 'pep-talk', it also contains lots of practical help and suggestions. The author does not claim to have all the answers, stressing that every child is different, but the book makes you realise that there are always things that can be done and always people out there willing to help. Whilst parents of an autistic child will get a huge amount from this book its benefits are not limited to this group. Any parent reading it would be inspired to bring the best out of their child.
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