This book will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone! If you know and love a child with autism, you will nod and smile as you read these all-too-familiar anecdotes-the unorthodox adherence to a rule, the social faux pas at the dinner table, the untimely but poignant outburst in the classroom, and many more!
The concept for a Laughing and Loving book was born when R. Wayne Gilpin, founder of Future Horizons, realized how much people enjoyed the heartwarming stories he would share about his son, Alex. Not only did people love his stories, but they would also chime in with their own tales of language misunderstandings and hilarious one-liners. So Wayne compiled dozens of these uplifting, humorous stories from parents and educators all over the world.
This book soulfully communicates the unique qualities that individuals with autism bring to our lives-steadfast determination, unfailing honesty, selfless kindness, seemingly ageless wisdom-and reminds the rest of us that we have a lot to learn!
Wayne Gilpin founded the Future Horizons publishing company in 1996. Before that, he was publishing car repair guides and law books. But his son's diagnosis of autism rerouted his career path. He joined the Autism Society of America and was voted president in 1987. Collecting as much information on autism as he could, Wayne was saddened by the fact that all of the resources at the time were very negative and offered little hope for his son. But his experience told a different story. His son Alex was a gentle, honest, and intelligent person, and Wayne was confident that Alex would overcome his obstacles and defy the odds. To bring a little light into the autism community, he compiled and published a book called Laughing and Loving with Autism. It contained humourous and touching stories from parents of children with autism. It was the first book to really capture the positive aspects of these kids, and it gave other parents hope. Now, over 100 books and DVDs later, Future Horizons is the leading autism publisher in the world.