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Navigating Autism: The Essential How to by Parents for Parents Paperback – July 3, 2012
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About the Author
The Areffis are the parents of three children with autism – Kennedy, age 10, Alex, age 9, and Bella, age 7. They wrote “Navigating Autism” because they were not able to find a book to guide them when Kennedy was diagnosed with autism in 2005. They were still struggling to get the assistance she needed when Alex was diagnosed on the spectrum in 2006 and Bella in 2008. Andrew Areffi said that he and his wife decided to write their own “how-to” book to make it easier and quicker for parents to find their way through the system. “We wrote the book that we wanted to read when Kennedy was diagnosed,” explains Andrew. Since Kennedy’s diagnosis, the Areffis have consulted with parents, schools, therapy companies, large corporations and city governments about the impact of autism on families. They work tirelessly to support parents of autistic children, “We want to help as many people as possible,” says Melissa. “With early intervention, these kids can go on to become anything, and not dependent on disability services their entire lives. As parents, we want our kids to have a shot at happiness, and a ‘normal’ life. We figured we didn’t have any right to complain about how things are unless we did something about it to help.” The Areffis met when they were both students at Cal State University, San Bernardino. Now married for 16 years, the Areffis live in Toluca Lake, Calif. They are both professionals in the entertainment industry: Melissa as a location manager and scout; Andrew in project development for both film and television. Together, they are a feature writing team and their current feature-film project, “Booth,” based on the 12 days John Wilkes Booth spent on the run after the Lincoln assassination, is in pre-production. Information about “Navigating Autism” and the Areffis can be found online at the book’s official website – www.NavAutism.com – in addition to social networking sites at Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.
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I hope one day someone finally realizes that ADHD is also a serious disorder and not something that can be cured with drugs, that anything involving the brain is still there and you may simply modify the behavior but it will always be there and cannot be cured with drugs especially meth. I think then a book like this will be written. I have a funny feeling that one day soon there will be commercials that ask "chances of him/her being diagnosed with ADHD? 1/10. Scared yet?" That is something for another time in the mean time, if you have children with autism, are interested in learning about neurological disorders, work with special needs children, or know of anyone who does, get this book.
As a teacher/family service worker, I liked that you do not need to read the book cover to cover for it to be useful. If I have a parent that needs information on a particular area I can open the book to that area and give them quick information they can use. I also found the resource information for each state to be of great help.
This book is one you will want to have if you are a parent with a child recently diagnosed, an older child on the spectrum, or are working with a child on the spectrum.
The Areffi's have written an easy to read book with up to date resources IN EVERY STATE. The personal stories will help every family know that they are not alone and the step-by-step process for getting resources will help every family navigate autism.