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The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up For Your Autistic Child Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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Areva Martin, Esq. is a nationally recognized expert on autism advocacy who has appeared on Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, and FOX News, and has counseled hundreds of parents of autistic children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Be clear, this is a very practical book.....after reading it, you will be stronger and armed for your possible struggles on behalf of your loved one(s) and work with doctors, school districts, among others. This book really does the "heavy lifting" for those who need and seek help. There is an overwhelming abundance of information available on the "worldwide web" and Ms. Martin helps you sort out and manage this information overload. I highly recommend this book; I only wish this book had been available earlier (I have a middle-aged sister with Downs Syndrome and Autism) but better late than never!
Donna Casey Aira
The author is a neurodiversist and anti-curist and is not afraid to tell you that. I think it's definitely wrong to push these particular beliefs onto parents who are new to autism. This is their journey, not hers.
It was very strange to read in one paragraph that children have been cured from autism and then in another one that there is no cure and you shouldn't go looking for one. This is where neurodiversity comes in: the old mantra 'no one should cure me' and 'there's nothing wrong with me' bit. It's a very odd movement that not everyone agrees with, and this should have been noted in the book if it was going to be brought up.
She tells us in one paragraph that she decided not to use the autism diet for her son because it would deprive her daughter of foods they love--insisting that if one person was on the diet, everyone should be on it. She then concluded that she wasn't going to do this intervention if it only had a slight chance of success. She doesn't tell us whether she did any genetic testing, or a celiac's test, to determine that there would only be a 'slight' chance of success. She passed all of this up so that her daughters wouldn't resent their brother. What a fantastic excuse for being lazy!
It was just too weird that she encourages readers to do their research and find studies of good repute while at the same time quoting the CDC on practically every page. As a self-policed organization it is difficult to find any independent studies not funded by pharmaceuticals that are published by the CDC--or any medical journal for that matter.
Overall, not a great read for anyone, even 'beginners'. If you want real science, read 'children with starving brains' or a similar book. That's where the real answers are.