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Life with an Autistic Son by [B's Dad]
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Length: 371 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 1095 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publication Date: July 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E8MBY6K
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Life With An Autistic Son by B's Dad is a true masterpiece of authenticity. If you are looking for a book that shares in depth gut wrenching emotions about living in the same house with an autistic child, this is the book you need to read. B's dad inspires, yet also makes it real the good and the bad of the roller coaster life of parenting an autistic child. What makes this book special is that as you read it, you are watching the transformation in a father's thinking of how he reacts to his son with autism.

B's dad does not claim to be an expert so you are not pressured in anyway to understand big jargon analysis that many books on autism seem to convey. This story is personal to the core. For example, Life With An Autistic Son is written in short story fashion due to the fact much of what you are reading was presented in a blog. As a follower of that blog, I was introduced to B quite awhile ago. The genesis of this book is a father coming to grips in his own way with the unthinkable life with an autistic child. B's Dad is a teacher so he has wonderful skills in writing in my opinion, and he is also sensitive to the nature of issues that arise in the teaching field when it comes to children with autism.

The question arises about how folks in the author's life interpret if autism is truly a disability. It surprises you to find out that some people do not view autism as a disability. Another point of interest was the author's expressions concerning the diagnosis of his son:

"...it seems obvious that we were dealing with autism. At the time we resisted the assumption, in the hope that it was simply a brief developmental delay... we seemed constantly to focus on what my son couldn't do, as opposed to what he could.
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When you're a parent of a child with autism, your entire life becomes about autism.

And yet, on a day-to-day basis, it's still just parenting. Extreme parenting, but parenting nonetheless.

What B's Dad manages to capture in Life with an Autistic Son is the day-to-day of this extreme parenting in all its glorious, infuriating, frightening, and hilarious beauty.

This isn't meant to be an inspirational read, or a heart-breaking account. Instead, it's just plain real. Authentic. B's Dad takes a no-holds-barred approach to conveying anecdotes, thoughts, observations and feelings.

Raising a child with autism can be an incredibly isolating experience. What I love about Life with an Autistic Son is that I felt connected -- deeply so -- to another parent going through all the stuff I was.
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As a father of a son with Autism and an avid reader, I've naturally done quite a bit of reading up on the topic, but I don't think I've ever read anything that resonated quite as deeply with me as this book. It was as if I was reading my own story, and I'm still in shock about how similar his description of B is to my own son. Given the differences that are so prevalent among kids with Autism, there are usually many traits or issues that other parents describe that don't have any relevance to your own situation. Not so in this case. For the first time I felt like I was listening to someone describe an experience that is almost a mirror image of our own. His raw honesty, positive attitude, and unconditional love for his son despite the major challenges they face on a daily basis inspired me and made me want to try even harder to be the best dad that I can. If you're struggling with raising an autistic child with major impulse control issues, this is a MUST READ.
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I stayed up way too late reading this. I was up until 3am and it is now 6:30 am and I am leaving for work in am hour.

I wish this book was required reading for parents, staff, and honestly people in general. It gives a glimpse of what just a small portion of living with someone and caring for someone with not only autism, but other delelopemental disabilities can be like. A lot of behaviors and characteristics of autism are not unique to only that singular diagnosis. Not all individuals will be like the author's son "B."

The author who wrote this has chosen to keep his and the people included in this book anonymous. I understand why he would do this.

Recommendation:

Read this. It is free on Amazon. A lot of understanding and compassion can gained. This may be a great book for parents just beginning their adventure with a child with needs such as autism. The main reason I like this is that it is told first hand and not full of terms that will overwhelm or confuse. This could help others realize that they are not alone in the struggles they are facing.
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An eye-opening read. Well written and interesting from start to finish. Gave me a different perspective on how hard it is to parent the autistic child and I applaud B's Dad (the author) for taking the time to put the book together.
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I could so identify with the family in every aspect of their daily life's. The highs are so high and lows are so low but the beauty and the love shines through in this book. Well written and hope to see a new book about the next stage in B's life.
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