Sunday, December 28, 2008

Autism, From One Parent to Another

The first chapter of our little booklet Same Child Different Day: One family's experiences during the first year after a child's autism diagnosis, shares with you our thanks that you chose to pick us up in the first place. If you were to Google "autism books", there are almost 6.5 million results to scroll through. And in that pile, many entries contain even longer lists of top-rated autism books. Then when you consider all the manifestations autism can take, the research for which is the right book for you and your family is virtually never-ending.

And you are only at the beginning of the autism journey!

So we've tried to consolidate for you within 50 pages some of what you might need, like to know, or encounter. In writing it, I tried not to make the adventure seem scary; because autism isn't and shouldn't be scary. But I did include a few anecdotes, some little glimpses into our life and how our world has been turned upside down. Keep in mind though that what we've had to deal with may not (and probably won't) resemble your life and changes.

I have to be honest about the anecdotes, though. While it is true that our lifestyle has veered off our once-expected path, it has now become "what we know". In other words, while someone may be used to obedient kids, "typical days" and soccer schedules, we've become accustomed to meltdowns, "routine pandemonium" and therapies.

But that is in no way a bad thing; it's our thing. And you'll find your thing too. As long as you never lose sight of the fact that your kid is still the same squeezable little proginy as always --- that you didn't cause this "autism" thing (and your kiddo can't control it either), then you'll be doing alright.

If you'd like to read the first chapter, find where you can get your hands on a copy of the whole Same Child, Different Day booklet, or just talk some more, please send me an email.


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