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Autism Mom Paperback – December 5, 2013
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About the Author
Shirley Blaier-Stein is an autism mom living in Connecticut with her husband and two children. She is dedicating her life to finding help for her son, finding balance and happiness, and inspiring parents around her. Before her son was diagnosed with autism – in her “previous life” - she used to practice law. Before going to law school she was a lieutenant in the IDF, serving as a Communications Officer in the Israeli Air Force.
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This amazing book is not only for families that deal with autism, but about life and the things we do when the reality isn't quite what we had planned.
Personally it helped me better understand the everyday life of a true friend that has a child on the autistic spectrum.
It was difficult to read at times but was full of hope and determination that helps you believe in the power of life itself.
Being a mum of two young kids, means that I usually fall asleep at night after reading just a page or two ….but I could not put this one down.
It is a must read for all parents who love and believe in their children!
The hard part of reading this book was to see the author rebuff people that could have helped her son initially and spend so much time on herself. She ended her friendship with someone who's daughter made strong strides of improvement and instead of learning from her. If I was lucky to find someone who was that successful, I'd be hanging on their every word because they are obviously doing something right. She was angry with the preschool director who recommended that he no longer attend but she helped her jump the wait list with a good doctor so she could get a diagnosis. So few people are that fortunate and the author didn't show gratitude. I found myself frustrated with the author's attitude throughout this book especially of how critical she was of mom's who were more persistent in their approach to therapy.
With all the information all over the internet about ABA and the statistics that support it, I don't understand why the author was not aware of it until her son reached grade school. My worry is that other moms are going to look for answers to help their child from this book and they aren't going to find what they need to know.
Therapists always tell me direct parental involvement can make such a difference in a child's outcome, yet the author made such little effort in learning therapies herself so she can practice at home. It's not enough to rely on teachers and therapists to do all the work. If you learn the therapies and techniques, you can make more informed decisions about your child's therapy and evaluate the progress.
"Let Me Hear your Voice" from Catherine Maurice is an inspirational book written by a mom of two non-verbal autistic children (boy and girl) who developed a home ABA program and did the therapies herself. The Verbal Behavior Approach is also written by a mom who became a therapist. Just like Catherine, I had the Lovaas Institute help me create a home program in which my daughter made so much progress, it blew the therapists away. People kept asking, "What are you doing different?" However, I found ABA to be limiting in encouraging speech. After watching the DVD's that were recommended in The Verbal Behavior Approach, I used the techniques to make her speech be more natural and spontaneous. It seems the author's son had strong cognitive skills and he would have benefited from the programs if the author would have only listened.
I would recommend this book for a friend or family member who wants to try to understand what families go through when their child is diagnosed with autism. Those parts of the book are pretty accurate. Another positive thing I can say is the need to eventually try to accept the diagnosis and create a new life in which the family can enjoy things again. It is very tough to break out of the isolation and the author did have to make a conscious decision to keep moving forward which was a good thing for her family.
The author touched upon how her daughter learned compassion and I wish she would have elaborated more on this. Autistic children learn so much from typical children that therapists or other autistic children cannot teach. Typical children can learn compassion and tolerance when they are integrated with autistic children. Both can benefit from the experience.