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Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge by Barbara Firestone

By Barbara Firestone

Intimate, daring and encouraging, Autism Heroes offers a compelling and delicate account of the studies of 38 households from diverse walks of lifestyles confronting the demanding situations of autism with braveness, tenacity and love. With empathy and services won from her 3 a long time of management of the assistance crew and her dedication to kids with specific wishes, Dr. Barbara Firestone engages the households in candid, strong and deeply affecting conversations approximately their lives. every one family members narrative is decided opposed to the backdrop of her insightful essays approximately dignity, wish, chance and love, that are essentially vital to all households residing with autism.The households provide their studies overtly and truthfully, sharing their demanding situations, triumphs and hopes. Their candor is helping demystify and destigmatize autism and embraces different mom and dad simply starting or already at the trip. Their reflections chart the direction in the course of the many levels of dealing with autism and looking recommendations for his or her youngsters, they usually supply a lifeline of aid, perception, encouragement and hope.Fully illustrated with wonderful images by way of Joe Buissink, Autism Heroes is a useful source for households in addition to educators, clinicians, researchers and coverage makers.

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They even gave me the example that Einstein didn’t speak until age six and a half. So why worry? But as a mother, I knew that something was going on—something was wrong. When I received the diagnosis, I got the strength to carry on with it. It’s extremely difficult to find out that your child has autism. Will he be lower functioning or higher functioning? Will he be able to go through his life in a routine way or not? And will he be self-sufficient or not? How will this affect my other child, who’s only three and a half years older?

Autism is as much a part of her as blonde hair—and we love every part of her. Teddi: I remember sitting in Mary’s room one day and trying to get her to engage with me in playing a game. And she didn’t engage, she didn’t want to engage, and I started to cry. I was feeling very sorry for myself because somehow in that moment it was about me. ” which was a treat I’d offer her if she were upset. While I ate my Popsicle, I looked at her and watched her playing and I thought, “You know what? This kid is happy.

And we have to do all those things to make sure that we can take care of him. So that’s what we did. At home he was upset, screaming and yelling. He was physically violent. He didn’t understand what was going on. He didn’t think that I was his Mom. I would say to myself, “I don’t know how I’m going to handle him when he grows older. He’s a big kid, I’m a small mother. ” But I always kept faith. I always fought for everything. I never took no for an answer. Now he’s a young adult, he has lots of energy, he’s holding a job and he goes out into the community.

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