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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Turner; Revised edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596528427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596528420
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A wonderful first introduction to autism for parents, teachers, relatives, and neighbors of a child on the autism spectrum.” —Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures

“An incredible resource for family members, professionals and individuals on the spectrum attempting to better inform the public about various aspects of ASD.” —Dr. Cathy Pratt, Chair, Autism Society of America and Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism

“In her crisp and authentic voice, Chantal provides a work that broadens the understanding and offers many answers to the most perplexing problems. Well done!” —Edmund C. Arranga, Co-founder & Executive Director, AutismOne

“[Chantal’s] work cuts to the heart of the matter. She approaches the subject by acknowledging its immensity and its baffling characteristics. Yet by sticking to a doctrine of clarity and pragmatism, she also enlightens.” —Douglas Kennedy, author of Leaving the World and The Job

About the Author

CHANTAL SICILE-KIRAis an autism advocate and award-winning author. Sicile-Kira lives in California with her family, who has been featured in the MTV documentary "True Life" series and the Newsweek cover story "Growing Up with Autism."

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Chantal Sicile-Kira's passion for empowering others, her love of writing, and her personal interest in autism has led her to become an award-winning author, speaker, and leader in the field of adolescence and transition to adulthood. She has been involved with autism spectrum disorders for over 25 years as both a parent and a professional on both sides of the Atlantic. Chantal recently founded AutismCollege.com, which provides practical information and training to parents and educators.

A former researcher on BBC documentaries and a line producer on a TV Series in Paris, Chantal is the author of five books on autism. She blogs on Huffingtonpost.com, and PsychologyToday.com.

Jeremy, Chantal's son, was highlighted in the Newsweek cover story "Growing up with Autism" and featured in the MTV documentary True Life series, in "I Have Autism" which was the recipient of a 2008 Voice Award. Chantal's experience of raising her son in France, the UK and California was the subject of a 22 page article in the French professional journal on education and research for special education, La Nouvelle Revue de l'Adaptation et de la Scolarisation, June 2006, published by INS HEA.

Book Awards
Chantal's first book, Autism Spectrum Disorders, was the recipient of the 2005 Autism Society of America's Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award, and was nominated for the 2005 PEN / Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. The UK edition was the winner of the 2003 San Diego Book Award for 'Best in Health.'

Her second book, Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum was awarded the 2006 San Diego Book Award for "Best in Health/Fitness."

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By Nancy Eisenberger on April 15, 2014
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It didn't meet my expectations. I was wanting to know more about particular types of autism, like Fragile X. Maybe in another one of her books.
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By Mary J Bailey on October 21, 2012
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This book written by a mother who knows Autism is very imformative. I learned so much of the variance of the spectrum of Autism. Now I know how to handle my grandson and other people with Autism so much better. Lots of references for you to follow up on for more information.
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