Autism is a term used to denote a spectrum of sensory and information processing differences from what is considered neurotypical that usually develop (or become noticeable) by the age of two. Deep misunderstanding of autism has fostered “treatments” that have focused on curbing undesired differences in behavior, such as a discomfort with eye contact or stimming. However, current research shows that these therapies only train autistic individuals to temporarily mask their needs, endure great suffering, and hide their true selves, which usually results in burnout and emotional breakdown as adults. While autistic children may need additional or different supports than many other children, what they need most is understanding and acceptance.
Exploring the relationship between ASD and mental health difficulties, this book offers practical guidance to help parents and professionals recognise and handle co-morbid conditions, and dispels the myth that they are just a part of autism.
Most resources available for parents come from psychologists, educators, and doctors, offering parents a narrow and technical approach to autism. Sincerely, Your Autistic Child represents an authentic resource for parents written by autistic people themselves.
Over 100,000 parents have found the facts they need about high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger syndrome, in this indispensable guide. Leading experts show how you can work with your child's unique impairments—and harness his or her capabilities.