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Product Details

  • Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932565566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932565560
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In this book, you will find a comprehensive treatment of death focusing on things most likely to concern those with ASD presented in the clear, straightforward, and concrete manner that is most likely to help those on the spectrum, as well as the professionals, family members, or friends that are concerned about them. Readers of this book will learn a lot about death, themselves, and how to help people with ASD to better understand and cope with it. After reading this book, my admiration for the author, Catherine Faherty, has continued to grow, along with my appreciation for her courage and conviction in making this available for all of us who care about helping people with ASD to deal with this issue and succeed in understanding this still confusing and anxiety-provoking aspect of our everyday lives.”
Gary Mesibov
Professor & Director
Division TEACCH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

About the Author

Mesibov is Professor and Director, Division TEACCH, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Catherine Faherty is an autism author, trainer, teacher, and consultant and the author of four books, one of which was honored as the Autism Society of America's 2009 Outstanding Literary Work.

She worked as an autism specialist with the internationally recognized TEACCH program in North Carolina for more than two decades from 1990 to 2012 as a parent consultant; child and adult therapist; consultant to school programs; trainer of teachers and other professionals locally, nationally, and internationally; and facilitator of social groups for adults on the spectrum, along with support and education groups for parents and family members.

She has written manuals used in TEACCH trainings and co-developed a multitude of training models. Catherine is one of a few authorized Social Stories™ instructors by Carol Gray to provide training in Social Stories™. She taught a variety of students with diverse learning styles before creating a model TEACCH classroom in the 1980s for students with ASD.

Since the 1990s Catherine has championed the right of children and adults to learn about their autism diagnosis, and through her books and mentoring she encourages and facilitates them and their parents, family, therapists, and teachers in the process of mutual communication. Her work empowers autistic individuals in the process of self-knowledge and self-advocacy. Her mentoring and consultation via long-distance technology is sought after by therapists, teachers, and parents in the United States and around the world.

Above all Catherine is a devoted ally to autistic self-advocates. For more information, visit her website at http://www.catherinefaherty.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
How to deal with death and dying is always a sensitive and complex issue that is even more complicated in helping someone with autism or Asperger's when someone they love becomes terminal ill or passes away suddenly. An autism expert, parent consultant, child therapist, and teacher trainer, Catherine Faherty has created "Understanding Death And Illness And What They Teach About Life: An Interactive Guide for Individuals With Autism Or Asperger's And Their Loved Ones", a consumable 341-page workbook that addresses what steps can be taken and activities engaged in to help those with autism or Asperger's to deal end-of-life issues and experiences. Replete with useful checklists, "Understanding Death And Illness And What They Teach About Life" address such diverse but germane issues as illness and injury, recuperation and healing, what happens to a person in the process of dying, what happens when they die, rituals and traditions associated with death, and so much more. Of special note is the topic of putting pets to sleep. "Understanding Death And Illness And What They Teach About Life" is especially recommended to teachers, counselors, parents, and care givers dealing with children and young adults who are autistic or who have Asperger's Syndrome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Ruane on March 1, 2009
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Catherine Faherty has done the impossible with this beautiful book on a difficult subject. "Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach us About Life" is an amazingly comprehensive and practical book. It is not only an invaluable resource for families who have family members with autism, but for anyone struggling with the emotional, complex issues surrounding death. In our American culture we typically view death with fear and so avoid contemplating it as much as possible. This stunningly illustrated book covers many topics related to death such as understanding injury, long term illnesses, death of a pet as well as different beliefs about afterlife. It offers concrete, helpful exercises people can use to help their loved ones with autism better understand the confusing language and mysterious customs that frequently surround illness and death. I love perusing my copy, stopping at a section to appreciate the illustrations, read and reflect. This inspiring book will not only help people with autism and their families but all of us redefine how we view and cope with illness and death. Thank-you Catherine!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Jeanne Peloquin on February 7, 2009
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This author has an excellent grasp of the needs of individuals with autism and Asperger's Disorder and the types of difficulties they encounter around the issues of death and illness. As a clinical psychologist specializing in work with these individuals, I highly recommend this book for people with ASD and their parents, as well as teachers, staff and therapists who work with this population.
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