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Wit and Wisdom from the Parents of Special Needs Kids: Mostly True Stories of Life on the Spectrum Paperback – September 13, 2011
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The stories are written about a wide variety of issues and experiences such as social interactions, school, initial diagnosis, siblings, obsessions, and more. Reading this book fills you with a new outlook and an inside peek of other parents' lives within the spectrum world.
This book is great for parents and relatives of children with autism and other spectrum disorders as well as educators, caregivers and others who have contact with children who have disabilities.
At the end of each story there is a short writer profile including their website address where you can visit or follow their story and writing further. This aspect of the book is an amazing tool for other parents who are in similar situations. If even to comprehend they are not alone.
I loved this book! It was an excellent read and while most stories were funny and written with light humor and some sarcastic frustration, in the back of my mind I understand the struggle and frustration one goes through before these experiences and situations become funny to them. I understand that this humor is one of those "We are going to laugh at this one day" types of attitude.
I highly recommend this book. Each story or essay is less than two pages and are so inspirational, insightful and encouraging you will find yourself reading through half the book in no time flat.
I am a fast reader, and I thought I'd get through it in a night. I was wrong. It took me several days to read because I had to stop and savor so many of the chapters. It would be impossible to pick out a fave, but I'm going to mention some of the ones that really hit me straight in the heart. I'm sure I'll miss mentioning some excellent ones, but here are a few that have stayed with me:
Jenny Herman made me cry with "The Gift."
Ashley Pooser made me cry with "Sleep Tight."
"Stick to the Script" by Amanda Broadfoot and "Blending In" by Karen Asplund Veled made me smile.
I saw my family in "Like Mother, Like Son," by Amanda Griffiths.
In "Familiar" by spectrummymummy, a mom finds one of her own tribe in the park.
I wish I'd read Kathy Kresin's "What, No Instructions?" and "The Third Degree" by Dawn Hentrich five years ago.
And Kara Wilson's "Welcome to Asperger's Island" is something I'll re-read on the days when I need a laugh. So is "My Kid is on the Spectrum, but Your Kid is Just Wierd," by Flannery Sullivan.
My favorite just might be "Mompetition," by Heather St. Clair. You just have to read it.
The essays are bite-sized -- not one of them is over four pages -- and the authors make it look easy to pack so much meaning, warmth, humor, and information into the pages of this book. There wasn't a bad one in the bunch, I tell ya. I could list every single chapter in the book this way, and I probably should, but you get the idea. Now get the book. Yes, stop reading this review and get the book. And a nice, big cup of coffee to go with it.
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