Praise for Embracing Autism
"While much has been written about the disability that is autism, little has been written about the people who live ′in the spectrum.′ With this wonderful book Robert Parish has, with grace, humor, and hope, taken us beyond the diagnosis and into the real lives of individuals with autism and their families. Highly recommended for parents and professionals alike."
Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D., president and chair, Scientific Council, Organization for Autism Research, Baltimore, Maryland
"This useful book moves beyond the normal hysteria about autism to find parents and professionals working with and enjoying autistic kids. At once pragmatic and celebratory, it finds the balance that will lead to greater success and happiness for all."
Ralph James Savarese, author, Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption and professor of American literature and disability studies at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
"Having the privilege to know Robert and many of the book′s contributors first–hand it fills me with great pleasure to read their stories, to hear their voices, to be lifted by their passion and purpose. Robert has done a stunning job in assembling a masterful collection of parents and professionals to share their lives and bring a far greater and deeper appreciation to what has been the narrow footpath of autism understanding."
Edmund C. Arranga, founder, Autism One (autismone.org)
"The Dan Marino Foundation wishes to recognize the tireless efforts of Robert Parish in his unending devotion to his son and all children with autism. With the writing and editing of his book, Embracing Autism, Robert is giving hope to all parents struggling with their child′s diagnosis of autism."
Susan Morantes, director of Outreach and Program Support,The Dan Marino Center, Miami, Florida
About the Editor.
About the Contributors.
Foreword: The "Secret" Key to Connection (Susan Senator).
Introduction (Robert Parish).
Chapter 1. My Journey with Jacob (Diane Bayer).
Chapter 2. Relating to ASD Children (Arnold Miller).
Chapter 3. Three Special Kids–No Apologies Necessary (Kim Stagliano).
Chapter 4. Patience–The Least Important "Super Power" ( Kristin Kaifas–Tennyson).
Chapter 5. North of the Border (Gay and Dennis Debbaudt).
Chapter 6. Getting to Know You (Stephen Shore).
Chapter 7. Life with Shawn (Jeanne Lyons).
Chapter 8. The Freedom to Be Odd (Cammie McGovern).
Chapter 9. Just a Little Autism (Teresa Becerra).
Chapter 10. Acceptance in Waves (Robert Becerra).
Chapter 11. Everyone Has a Chance to Grow (Jackie Marquette).
Chapter 12. Grass in the Wind (Kristina Chew).
Chapter 13. Now for Our Feature Presentation (Robert Parish).
Chapter 14. The Big Question.