Today, 1 in 60 children are on the autism spectrum. There is a 24 to 36 month wait under the NHS for diagnosis and many families are desperate for help, advice and reassurance. Dr May Ng's book is full of useful tips and is a must-read for parents of a child with autism. Through her knowledge both as an award-winning paediatrician and as the mother of a 13-year-old son with autism, May provides a first-hand account of bringing up a child with autism, bringing together a wide range of resources and practical advice to help families cope. Over the years, May researched, tried and documented almost every therapy available for autism - public and private, mainstream and alternative. She worked with persistence and patience to teach Brendan to manage basic life skills for himself. Today, Brendan is a happy 13-year-old in an autism school and is able to do many things they once believed might not be possible. This is a highly practical account of the difficulties faced with raising a child with autism and offers comfort to other parents in the same position, as well as the hope that their child can live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.
Dr May Ng lives in Lancashire and holds a dual accreditation in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes. She qualified in Medicine with honours and then completed a Masters in Medical Science. She was awarded a UK Medical Research Council Fellowship grant and completed her doctoral PhD. Dr Ng also completed a Masters in Laws and is active in medicolegal work. She has produced over 150 scientific publications and has presented more than 200 scientific meetings. Dr Ng serves on the editorial board for many international journals and has been keynote speaker at international meetings. She has won several national awards and serves as Chair of the UK Association of Children's Diabetes Clinicians, Training Advisor for the Royal College of Paediatrics, Committee for Online Learning European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Officer for the British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.