That's Life with Autism is full of advice and inspiration, written by parents for other parents and professionals caring for children on the autism spectrum. The overall message of this book is that people affected by autism are not alone. Each chapter addresses a specific topic, and range from the effect of autism in the family on couple or sibling relationships and intervention options to educational issues, diet, and the role of friends and relatives. Points for reflection prompt the reader to discuss and think further about the issues covered. The contributors also provide starting points for the development of positive strategies, including networks of support in which parents can learn from and find support from others in similar situations.
The practical and positive book will be of interest to parents of autistic children and to anyone working with children on the autism spectrum, from professionals to school administrators.
Donna Satterlee Ross has worked with autistic children since 2002. She also has a degree in school guidance counseling and has worked as a guidance counselor. Donna lives in Tennessee, USA. Kelly Ann Jolly has been a foster carer for a number of years; she has a daughter with special needs. They live in Pennsylvania, USA.
Introduction. 1. D-Day: Life Before, During, and After Diagnosis. 2. Therapy, Treatment, and Intervention...Oh My! 3. School Daze: Our Experiences Navigating the Educational System. 4. Family Matters: Marriage, Divorce, and Everything in Between. 5. Oh Brother: Siblings and the Spectrum. 6. You are What you Eat: Parents Speak Out on Diet and Food. 7. Take a Stand: Advocacy, Community Involvement, and Awareness Activities. 8. Is There Anybody Out There? How Our Faith Has Helped Us Through. 9. Autism is No Laughing Matter: Finding Humor in Our Daily Lives. Appendix A: Interview Questions. Appendix B: Weekly Relationship Inventory. Appendix C: Guidelines for Creating a Support Group. Appendix D: Recommended Reading - From Our Shelf to Yours. Index.