- Paperback: 355 pages
- Publisher: Deadwood City Publishing (November 18, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692010556
- ISBN-13: 978-0692010556
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Refreshingly free of dogma, disinformation, and heavy-handed agendas, The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism is an oasis of sanity, compassion, and hope for people on the spectrum and those who love them. --Steve Silberman, senior writer for Wired magazine and autism/neurodiversity blogger for the Public Library of Science
This is a book of HOPE. The underlying message is that however tough things may be, however difficult they may get, don't give up. Things can and generally, but not always will get better and there are resources available and people willing to help you give your child the best possible life. I believe this book may be the turning point in the lives of many parents of autistic children, but what do I know? I am an autistic adult and I contributed --Rory Patton, self-advocate, Springing Tiger
When Hank got his autism diagnosis, they gave us a binder from Autism Speaks. [Thinking Person's Guide to Autism] is the book I wish we'd been given. --Colin Meloy of The Decemberists and Wildwood
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Editors: Shannon Des Roches Rosa Jennifer Byde Myers Liz Ditz Emily Willingham Carol Greenburg
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Trying to write a review for this book is rather difficult since the book presents me with a serious catch 22.
This book is a very complete collection of every probable piece of knowledge a parent with a severely autistic child needs to be aware of, presented in a reasonably accessible way, and coming from diverse sources, many autistic themselves.
Where lies the catch.
Parents will read this book in the hope to better know their child -BUT- to read this book correctly you need to know your child.
The sufficiently aware parent will know what information is relevant and important for his/her child and what information can be safely regarded as less relevant or important.
The insufficiently aware parent might learn and become -needlessly- very concerned of problems and their solutions because of reading about them here.
The book goes to great length to point out cures, remedies, therapies and solutions that are insufficiently proven to work, or even proven not to work. This is priceless knowledge to avoid going down a wrong track at great cost in time, money and heartbreak. The book also points out a lot of things that work, are always good to know regardless, or might require very long term planning that needs to start NOW.
What this book cannot do is point out precisely what solution applies to your child. The book does offers very good suggestions on the type, qualities and the qualifications of the professionals that can best assist you for being the best parent possible. I would therefore very strongly suggest that you start by reading up on finding the right persons to guide and help you.
Best of luck
The book is perfectly titled, containing insightful, thoughtful pieces that cover many aspects of life on the spectrum. It presents autism realistically, without any of the unnecessary (& potentially damaging) negativity that is so often pushed by organizations who claim to speak for us whilst near-actively excluding us. It offers hope, sound advice, and true understanding - and as such, is a long-overdue, sorely-needed revelation.
Please, please, please - if you live with, work with, love, and/or care for an autistic person; then read this book.