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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum: 101 Inspirational Stories for Parents of Children with Autism and Asperger’s Paperback – April 2, 2013
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About the Author
Rebecca Landa, PhD, is the founder and director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and the REACH research program at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Mary Beth Marsden is a longtime Baltimore newscaster and founder/executive producer of the video resource website Real Look Autism.
Nancy Burrows is an experienced print and television writer and producer, and contributor to Real Look Autism video resource website.
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I'm a "neuro-typical" mother, with an adult son who is also neuro-typical. However, there are ASD kids and parents of ASD kids, all around me, including four of my blog and Twitter friends who have stories in this anthology. My son has an adult half-brother on the spectrum, and my son talks with love, even excitement, about someday becoming his brother's literal "keeper," since it is unlikely his brother will ever be able to live on his own.
While many of the heartwarming stories were things most parents could relate to, clearly, raising a child on the spectrum brings with it many special challenges as well as rewards. I applaud the parents, siblings, teachers, and others who have a beloved family member on the spectrum, who focus on the silver linings instead of the dark clouds.
Still, I cannot help but be troubled by a) the growing percentage of the population with these disorders, and b) the support system that isn't, really - great in some places, almost totally missing in others. While with therapy and assistance many children on the spectrum grow up to be independent, self-sufficient adults who are a HUGE asset to their communities, others will never be able to live independently - and then what? Since parents generally die before their children, and grow infirm sometime before that, what are we planning to DO with these people? They don't all have siblings or other relatives willing and able to bring them into their homes. This is something we as a society need to think about, talk about, and plan for, sooner, rather than later.
I think for parents, siblings, teachers, and others with an ASD family member, this book will be a treasured "We Are Not Alone" collection of stories that will be read and reread. As someone touched by ASD in a less direct way, I still enjoyed the anthology, and hope many others will pick it up for a deeper understanding of these men, women, and children on the spectrum who are part of our world.