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Thinking Person's Guide To Autism Paperback – November 18, 2011

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an autistic adult studying & working in the field of Intellectual Disabilities, & if I could afford to buy a copy of this book for all of my friends, for all of my tutors, colleagues, & classmates,then I absolutely would.

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.
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As a pediatrician and mom to an 8 year old autistic boy, I found this book to be authentic and spot on. The book addresses practical autism issues like parental/caregiver stress, planning for your child's future, meltdowns, potential guilt over not refusing vaccines and not trying the myriad of costly pseudoscience treatments, the role of the education system, friends, therapists, and medications. Many of the topics were blog posts from various internet sites; thus, they read like a collection of greatest hits by parents and specialists affected by autism in their own lives. THEY GET IT. They share their joy, sorrow, anger, mistakes and speak of real solutions not false promises of cure. Even as a well read medical provider and parent, I still learned from this book. Some of the topics covered are short on detail, but the reader is referred to other quality sources for in depth coverage.
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Thinking Person's Guide To Autism has set a new standard for special needs parenting books. It is packed with the practical, helpful and necessary information parents need to know--but it also offers much comfort, hope and inspiration. While it's an outstanding first book to reach for after a diagnosis of autism, those in the throes of autism parenting or who have grown children will also discover much that is useful. And this guide isn't just relevant to autism; I have a child with cerebral palsy, and found so much in the book insightful, from dealing with meltdowns to creating a Special Education PTA.

Each chapter is written by a different person: one of the authors (the five women behind the TPGA site), top experts, powerful voices from the blogosphere and beyond, and well-known advocates including Holly Robinson Peete and Susan Senator. There's step-by-step info, explanations of various therapies, resources, debunking of myths, heartfelt musings on acceptance, hard-hitting looks at causes, treatment, education and inclusion. The essays are beautifully written, moving and smart; one of my favorites is "Buying Hope" by Jennifer Byde Myers (mom to a child with autism and cerebral palsy) about the endless products and potions we parents purchase to help our kids, and how to avoid wasting your money and emotional energy.

I've been turned off by other guidebooks for special needs parenting because I've found them to be negative, unrealistic or both. Thinking Person's Guide To Autism, however, is empowering and all about real life. You'll want to read this book not because you "should" but because you will be grateful that you did; it's bound to improve your life as the parent of a child with special needs, and your child's life, too.
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I'm high functioning autistic. This book was recommended to me as a collection of stories from "people who get it." Not so at all.

This book is geared almost exclusively toward parents of autistic children, instead of the people who really need the help and understanding - autistic people. This book doesn't talk about what happens when that cute autistic child becomes an autistic adult. It centers on parental grief (wildly offensive notion - we are not something to grieve over!) and things you can do to help your child. In theory, that's an awesome idea, but there are no services or books for autistic adults, and this doesn't help.

The copy needs to be edited to clearly show that this is all about parents and the issues of caring for us, instead of directed at autistic adults who want to hear from people who understand us. Really disappointing.
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An excellent, comprehensive, balanced and very readable collection of essays that answer all of the questions you might have about autism. This book illuminates the way forward for both parents of autistic children and adults who are starting to recognize autism in themselves. Far away from the stereotype of Rainman and the emotional blame-game surrounding vaccines, The Thinking Person's Guide To Autism presents a thoughtful picture of the realities of autism as told by parents, professionals, and most importantly, autistic people themselves, who are all too often ignored by those who would purport to help them.

My son was diagnosed as moderately/severely autistic 2 years ago at age 2.5 and in those 2 years I have spent countless hours researching anything and everything about autism. I have wasted a lot of time on unproven theories and methods, and have had a lot of worry about therapies, the school system and his future. I could have saved myself a lot of time, money, and stress if this guidebook had only been released 3 years ago. When we first had our suspicions about our son, we were told: "He's just a boy, wait until he is 3, you are overreacting...", but it is so important not to wait! If you are a parent who suspects that your child is autistic, you have come to the right place. Order this book now and start off on your journey with a sound autism education. Read it, then give it to anyone who is going to come in contact with your child -- it really helps for everyone on your "team" to be on the same page, especially grandparents (old autism stereotypes die hard, but this book will help).
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