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The increase in the number of children being diagnosed as having some form of autism
has meant more awareness. With it has come more information.
When Jodi was diagnosed
all the information I could get was written by so called “professionals” who studied,
but didn’t actually live with autism 24/7. It made depressing reading.
I was informed
that by the time Jodi was fifteen he’d most likely be in a home because I wouldn’t
be able to cope. How wrong they were to write him off and take away my hope before
his journey had even begun.
Now there are books written by parents, siblings and
even by autistic people themselves. Websites and support groups are springing up
all over the place and the message out there is you are not alone.
When Jodi was
the“child from Hell”I felt so isolated. No-one came to see me and I couldn’t take
him out. I suppose everyone felt as helpless as I did and it was easier just to stay
away. How I longed to be treated normally. After all I hadn’t changed. I just had
a child with autism.
Now, however it needn’t be like that. Autism creates many problems
within the family environment. Relationships are strained and siblings suffer. Mothers
of autistic children often have to deal with a lot of undeserved criticism from people
who don’t understand.
Don't suffer in silence though. Join the support groups. Go
on line. Talk to others in your situation and most importantly don’t feel guilty.
If you take your child out and he or she behaves in a manner which might appear inappropriate
for a “normal” child don’t worry about what others think. If they have a problem
it’s their problem – not yours.
Autism has nothing to do with bad parenting. Give yourself a break!
Started in 1998 by a mother of a child with autism, Karen Simmons has set up a wonderful
She has recently issued a book entitled,,"The Official Autism 101
Manual" which has already rocketed to #13 on Amazon.com's bestseller list. Demand
continues to be exceptional and the book is now entering into its second printing.
The Official Autism 101 Manual is the first and only resource of its kind for the
autism community, and widely considered to be the most comprehensive manual on autism
published today. This master collection authored by 44 of the world's leading autism
spectrum expert's offers parents and professionals the most up to date, relevant
and easy to understand information, tools and strategies to assist and support them
in caring for their child with autism or their patient.
This book will become your
constant companion as you confidently find your way through the autism maze.
With The Official Autism 101 Manual readers will learn: -
The exact nature of autism spectrum disorders
Why early diagnosis equals the best outcome
The relationship between autism and ADHD
Theories on the causes behind the rising rates of autism
The buzz about mercury - do early childhood injections play a role
Where to begin if someone you know has been diagnosed with autism
How to help a parent cope emotionally
How to deal with your spouse and other intimate relationships
How to create a positive parent-physician partnership
How to ensure a positive school plan
How to build self-esteem for those on the autism spectrum
Leading methodologies, therapies and treatments; and much more