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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463737467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463737467
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jewelry Jenny on September 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have a story in the book, so I gave it only 4 stars so as not to pad the ratings. I won't do a full review. I just want to say that I just got my copy a few days ago and I'm over half way. The stories are short so you can read them in small moments of time. I have laughed, cried, and nodded my head. Any autism parent that picks up this book will feel like they have instantly made over 40 new friends who "get it", who understand living your life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Savko on October 8, 2011
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This wonderful book is an anthology of essays written by over forty bloggers, myself included. It's a fast-reading, highly enjoyable book, one that fellow parents will be nodding along to and laughing alongside. Most of all, it's a hope-filled trove of inspiring stories and insight from over forty bloggers - all in one place!

P.S. Those of my readers from TeenAutism.com will be pleased to know that my featured essay, "The Little Things," includes a never-before-published Nigelism! Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Rose on October 27, 2011
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These essays helped me gain insight into the world of families living with Autism. Thus far, each story has been authentic, personal and in small enough nuggets that I could digest. I look forward to finishing this one and would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather St. Clair on October 22, 2011
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Yes, I have a piece in the book, so some may perceive this as a biased review. However, I say with the truest intentions that this compilation is amazing.

Every story I could relate to as a parent of a child with special needs and that relating piece is so needed for parents like me who can sometimes feel as if they are in isolation the majority of the time. To see that other people "get it" is like a therapy session in itself.

I read the book in two days. It was a great read that I just couldn't put down.

From another perspective I'm an occupational therapy practitioner that works with the pediatric population. My coworkers have been reading the book as well and keep telling me how instrumental it is to understand the parent's P.O.V. when treating a client.

And the parents in our waiting room? They can't get enough of the book...I watch them all pick it up as soon as they get in and thumb to where they left off the last time they had an appointment so they can continue on.

Big kudos to Lynn for getting some of the best writers in the blogosphere all together in one place!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen V. on October 12, 2011
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This is a book by parents of ASD children from little tikes to teens. Each story is a couple pages in length. They are like little nibbles of life in the window of a family living with this disability. Autism has no cure and affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys. It is a difficult road when the disability is often not understood or labeled "invisible". Even so, all the stories in this book are fun to read and give a warm, insightful, loving and often comical perspective about raising a child or multiple children on the autism spectrum. If you have a child affected by autism, you will find an uplifting resource of immeasurable comfort and support in all the stories told here! And, the best part? Every story will lead you to a blog where you can regularly view many other stories of day to day life in parenting a special needs child. A must read for every parent of a child with autism!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Kelder on October 10, 2011
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As a father of a child with autism, I am often awash in readings of a technical nature. Therapies, techniques, schooling, and other things often dominate my reading. With this book, you can read to learn things, but in a different way. What I'm trying to say is this: Read this to find a group of parents who are feeling the same things you are thinking about autism. But it goes on beyond parents; I think anyone who deals with autism in any way in their life, whether it be family members, friends, friends' children, in their job, etc. could learn about the perspectives of the parents of these kids. I recommend this to learn, but also be entertained in the process. Some bloggers are actually funny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on October 15, 2011
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Wit and Wisdom was an excellent read!

When we first started the diagnosis process, I felt so incredibly alone. I didn't know anyone who had walked this path before me. If I had had this book back then, what a difference it would have made!

Wit and Wisdom is like a support group you can pack in your purse and take with you. I laughed and I cried. I found myself nodding and "mmhmm"ing aloud in public. This is a great book for anyone touched by special needs or anyone else who would like to gain a new perspective.

100% recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Lemieux on October 18, 2011
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I have not finished all of the stories yet but I had to comment on this wonderful book. The stories are touching, brief and well written. Reading it has brought back many memories of the experiences I was fortunate to have in my former profession working with very special children. I formed many strong bonds with the children and their families. This book gives wonderful insight as parents tell their story from many different angles. Thank you for sharing....well done and what a great way to raise awareness for autism, etc.
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