Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum
101 Inspirational Stories for Parents of Children with Autism and Asperger’s
If you are the parent of a child — from newborn to college age — with autism or Asperger’s, you will find support, advice, and insight in this collection. With its 101 stories from other parents and experts, this book will comfort, encourage, and uplift you. Stories cover everything from the serious side and the challenges, to the lighter side and the positives, of raising a special child on the autism spectrum.
I’ve never had a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder but I do know from when my son was diagnosed with hydronephrosis as an infant how much it can help to speak to or read stories from other parents who have walked the same path.
I found that the entries in this book shined a light onto a lot of day-to-day aspects of parenting a child with autism or asperger’s that I wasn’t aware of.
I knew that kids can fall anywhere on the spectrum from very high function to quite low functioning, but I didn’t really have a real concept of what it might look like for different families. My only real experience with a child with autism was a friend’s little brother who was severely autistic when I was about 6 or 7, and a brief encounter with a teen with asperger’s when I worked as a nurse. So I found this book interesting and eye-opening.
I liked that the stories weren’t just of the happy ending, lovey nice feelings variety. Nothing makes a struggling parent feel worse than to be made to feel like every other parent dealing with the same situation is having a much easier go of it. It was real.
There were stories that shared struggles, heartache, and scary situations. But of course, there were the happy, silver lining, encouraging stories as well. Like I said, it was real, with the ups and downs.
I would recommend this book to any parent raising a child on the spectrum, and even to those who just want a bit of a better understanding of hat a day in the life of autism and asperger’s might entail.
And guess what? One of you is going to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum! This giveaway is open to Canada and the US. Giveaway ends May 22, 11:59 EST.
Enter using the rafflecopter widget below.I received a free copy of this book from the Chicken Soup for the Soul blogger’s network. I was not obligated to write a positive review.