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Claire Hughes-Lynch writes with the authority that comes from holding a Ph.D. in special education and the humanity that comes from being the mother of a child with autism. Her book—at once an accessible reference manual, a touching memoir, and a practical guidebook—is a compelling read for any parent of a child on the autism spectrum. --Mary McLaughlin, M.Ed., author of the autism blog, Mom Not Otherwise Specified

The humor, honesty, and real-world examples that the author brings from her personal perspective as a parent makes it easy to digest the incredible amount of information and research she provides as a professor. I strongly recommend this book not only to parents, but also to educators, administrators, politicians, and anyone else even remotely curious about ASD. --Wendy W. Murawski, Ph.D., professor, California State University

The humor, honesty, and real-world examples that the author brings from her personal perspective as a parent makes it easy to digest the incredible amount of information and research she provides as a professor. I strongly recommend this book not only to parents, but also to educators, administrators, politicians, and anyone else even remotely curious about ASD. --Wendy W. Murawski, Ph.D., professor, California State University

About the Author

Claire E. Hughes-Lynch is associate professor of special education at the College of Coastal Georgia. She received her doctorate in both gifted education and special education from The College of William and Mary. Her research interests include cognitive interventions for children with autism, Response to Intervention, and twice-exceptional children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593634021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593634025
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a mother of a child with high functioning autism. The content and writing style were so relatable. I think I cried after reading the first couple of pages because it felt good to finally feel like someone understood the unique position you are in being the parent of a child with this condition, but not severe enough to be widely recognized like "Classic" autism. I have read and re-read this book again, and shared parts of it with family and friends in many discussions. It made me feel like I wasn't alone. I would most definately recommend this to parents, but also to family and friends of people with children who have autism. It gives a very simple and relatable glimpse into what it's like to have a child who doesn't have obvious characteristics of autism, but also shows the struggles and emotions that go along with it.
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I found the first 30 pages of this book informative. But then the author quickly becomes self-absorbed and at times angry and bitter. She often mixes personal narratives and scientific knowledge to the point where the reader doesn't know if what she is saying is based on empirical research or her personal experience. She writes more about her daughter's condition than that of her son. Statistically, there are more boys with high-functioning autism. Consequently, there are fewer parents who can relate to her situation. By her own account, she is the main caregiver for her two special needs children, while her husband is doing little. Nevertheless, he is a "great father and husband." The author often has to remind herself and the reader of her academic credentials in gifted and special education. But for all her touting about her expertise, this book lacks the professional "objectivity" one would expect from someone with a Ph.D. in this field. I get the impression that the author wrote this book more for self-therapeutic purposes. I would recommend this book only to angry mothers with autistic girls and laid-back husbands.
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This is a helpful book as told by a mother in the autism trenches, who also happens to be a highly trained educator. The story contains plenty of easily understood analogies and personal stories relating directly to each topic at hand and is presented in a conversational format. Parents of children with disabilities or any kind of disfunction need a support network, and this book could be your first step to finding one because the resource guide in the back of the book is worth the purchase price alone. I recommend this book!
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My daughter was diagnosed as autistic only 3 months ago, but in trying to read and research as much as possible, few books seem to fit her. She does not have an official "high functioning" clarification on her diagnosis but she seems to fit with this book. Despite having limited time to read, I could not put this book down, finishing it in just a couple of days.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting both a personal connection to another mother battling her way through the journey but also as a pretty good reference for a lot of information. I am in fact, passing this book along to my mother and sister to read because they have little to no knowledge on autism and they have expressed interest for my daughter's sake. I am sure they will find this book as informative and as easy to read as I did.
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No index. How do you title a book a "guide" yet have no index? I was curious as to what information there was on potty training and had to flip through the book in order to find the section, which was comprised of narratives with very little practical help. Most of the information in this book can be found on the numerous autism websites. Reading this was like reading a series of columns in some health magazine found in the doctor's office. I am hugely disappointed in this book and would not recommend it to anyone. If the author would like to contact me so I can get a full refund, please do so, otherwise I'll be selling it back used on Amazon.
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This is an ok book. Not quite what I thought it was going to be. My biggest complaint is the assumption that mothers are the only ones involved in the decision making for the children. My son has Autism and I have done more research on it and know more about it than my wife. I make the decisions on therapy and treatment. just because her husband sits back and does nothing doesn't mean we are all like that. She constantly makes comments like " moms arent pushy enough." or Mom needs to decide on such and such" I find it degrading to assume dad does nothing and gets no credit.
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There are literally hundreds of books on autism, but what distinguishes this one is the breadth of information relayed in a very personable style. The Appendix lists an amazing number of references; chapters offer detailed guidelines for getting help from professionals; and the intimate stories of a mother's experiences make this book one of the very best to read, and then re-read, and then use as a reference as a situation arises. Some of the very helpful sections include how to get the most from your IEP meeting- told by an insider; terminology that is useful to use with professionals; an overview of mainstream and alternative therapies and treatments; and practical strategies that can make life at home easier. In addition, the book covers warning signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders. I highly recommend this book as a guidebook for parents, grandparents, and mothers-in-law!
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