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Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty is the mother of two sons on the autism spectrum. Her writing, featured in Exceptional Parent Magazine, Autism Parenting Magazine, the Patch network of community information websites, and on her blog autismmommytherapist is grounded in her experiences as an educator, stay-at-home mom/therapist, and advocate. She has also authored and produced a play about mothers of autistic children and has served on the Family Partners Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which is part of the Autism Speaks-supported Autism Treatment Network.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484912616
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484912614
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,089,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you or anyone else know a family enduring an autism diagnosis, you’ve just met your best friend Kim who will take you on her journey, teach you, inspire you and sympathize with you as you learn the intricacies of being the Mom of 2 autistic sons. Her writings are honest, loving, well-thought out, caring and I felt as if we were sitting on the couch at her house and I asked her to tell me about the early years with her sons’ and their autism. She’s your best friend and her ability to reach out and explain what it’s like for her family and her boys and how she’s dealt with the feelings that have accompanied their journey is nothing short of incredible. It’s in her honesty that I immediately sat down and wanted to finish her book. She doesn’t shy away from sadness nor happiness. She shoots straight from the heart and bulls eye ~ you understand.
I do not have special needs children, but her book caught my eye with its interesting take on autism. It's not to be missed!
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I am an educator of children with autism in early intervention and elementary school settings. I think that educators sometimes get lost in the data and the research of educating children with autism and forget the personal side of autism. I recommend this book to educators in order to understand the daily trials and tribulations of families raising children with autism. Mrs. McCafferty has shared the most personal details of her experiences with two sons with autism in a beautiful way. She recognizes and shares the difficulties of autism but also praises the aspects of autism that make her children so wonderful. Thank you Mrs. McCafferty for sharing your story with us. You are an amazing woman!
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I wish I could have had this book twelve years ago when my oldest son first got diagnosed with autism. I felt like no one I knew "got it" and at times felt completely alone on my journey through the maze of autism. Kim is one mom who thoroughly understands the challenges and triumphs and shares her story with humor and honesty. Just to know someone else out there is experiencing similar challenges will give you moral support and hope for a brighter future! Kim's book is a must read for anyone raising a child on the autism spectrum!
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This is an honest and heartfelt account of what life is like with two young autistic children. Ms. McCafferty eloquently describes the struggles and heartbreaks of the reality of navigating complicated medical and educational systems in order to understand and obtain what her family needed. This is a must read for parents of autistic children who are just grappling with the diagnosis. Witty, thoughtful, and intelligent, the author has shared her family's journey with autism to help other families traveling down the same road.
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