Friday, August 1, 2008

Review ~ Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge

I was sent a copy of the powerful book Autism Heroes: portraits of families meeting the challenge. The book profiles 38 different families living with autism in a an intimate look into their lives. They share
their experiences openly and honestly, sharing their challenges, triumphs and hopes.

I first started learning about Autism when my youngest daughter was about 2 years old. I was on a parenting group for babies born that year, some of the moms were talking about their children's problems. At the time, Cam was barely talking & one of them mentioned that their child wasn't speaking and they were working on getting him diagnosed. That caught my attention and I started looking into Autism. Cam fit some of the symptoms at the time, so I took her to be tested. This was around April, the place that did the testing ran like a school year. By this time, she was going on 3, still barely talking, so we set up an appointment for September. By September she was adding words, but still on the very low end. We took her to be tested and thankfully she did not have anything wrong with her, just a late talker. Since she was adding to her vocabulary, they told me to keep an eye on her for 3 months and come back if she quit adding words, which never happened.

Autism Heroes is a gorgeous book that measures approximately 11 x 9. It has stunning photography throughout the book by Joe Buissink. The book is meant to be a great resource families as well as educators, clinicians, researchers and policy makers. The author Barbara Firestone, PhD did an amazing job on this book.

You can purchase Autism Heroes at Amazon with free shipping, click here.

Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism, Asperger's Disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental retardation, abuse and emotional problems.

Learn the early signs of Autism in English and Spanish here.

If you have an Autistic child in your life, this is a wonderful book to own. The stories are full of hope and encouragement, honesty and love. Read about how these families first were diagnosed, what they are going through now and get advice from them.

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