Voices from the Spectrum: Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, People with Autism, and Professionals Share Their Wisdom

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Cindy N. Ariel, Robert A. Naseef
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Nov 1, 2005 - Education - 272 pages
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Author of Could It Be Autism? A Parent's Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps Voices from the Spectrum is a compelling collection of personal accounts from people on the autism spectrum and those who care for them, including professionals, friends and family members. The essays in this collection tell of both the positive and negative effects of autism on individuals and families, and pose the question: is a diagnosis on the autism spectrum a puzzle to be solved, or something to be embraced and accepted? The broad scope of this book presents insights into the autism spectrum from many different perspectives - from first-hand accounts of the autistic child's school and childhood experiences to parents' and grandparents' reactions to a diagnosis. A number of chapters written by professionals explain their motivations for working with autistic people and reveal what they have learned from their work and how it has affected their lives. The contributors describe experiences of autism from the mildest to the most severe case, and share their methods of adapting to life on the spectrum. Voices from the Spectrum will appeal to a wide readership of adults and younger people on the autism spectrum, their families and friends, as well as practitioners.

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Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author, and father of an adult child with autism. His highly regarded book Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability has received international recognition. He has appeared on radio and television. Robert Naseef's speciality is working with families of children with special needs. He has a special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood. Cindy N. Ariel, Ph.D., is a psychologist in independent practice. She is the co-founder and director of Alternative Choices, a group psychotherapy practice which includes a Special Families Resource Center. The resource center provides information, referral, and guidance to families that include a member with special needs. Cindy Ariel has extensive experience working with individuals with special needs and their families. Robert Naseef and Cindy Ariel are based in Philadelphia, USA.

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