Parent to Parent: Information and Inspiration for Parents Dealing with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, May 15, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 144 pages
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When a child is diagnosed with autism or Asperger's Syndrome, what a parent needs most is information and inspiration. After her son Jon was diagnosed with high-functioning autism in kindergarten, Ann Boushéy soon learned that, for her, knowledge was the key to peace. Written out of her own experience, this inspirational book provides the information that will empower other parents who find themselves in her situation, and inspire them in their quest for the right diagnosis and the right help for their child. With a good dose of humor, she encourages parents in the day-to-day challenges they face in parenting a child with autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Short vignettes - "Chicken Nuggets for the Soul" - at the end of each chapter make the reader feel like sitting down with her, Parent to Parent, over a cup of coffee. After reading this book, parents will come away with a sense of empowerment and feeling that they are not alone, while professionals will gain a valuable and compassionate insight into the world of parenting a child on the autism spectrum.

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Let me introduce myself
Chicken nuggets for the soul
One parents trip around
Focusing on the positive
2 The history of autism
Challenges and failures
3 Asking the right questions
The AftertheIEPMeeting Chant
The important relationship between a sense of humor and your sanity
6 More resources than you can shake a stickat
Something we must havecourage
7 Autism as a culture
Forgiving othersforgiving ourselves
8 What do Aristotle and autism have in common?
Would you like sauce with those nuggets?
Subject index

4 A day in the life of autism
Wishes and guilt
Meeting your childs needs

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Page 8 - Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you, For life...
Page 14 - I should never be able to come to a conclusion. I should never be able to fulfil what is, I understand, the first duty of a lecturer— to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks and keep on the mantelpiece for ever.

About the author (2004)

Ann Boushéy holds a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the Southwest Missouri State University and lives with her family in Branson, Missouri. She is a full time advocate for her autistic son Jon, and in addition to writing about autism, she escapes through writing fiction.

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