Raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder is no small task, but it can be approached with humor. These books celebrate the “baby steps” our children take toward a world that makes more sense to them, and the parents who help show them the way.
|The Asperger Parent: How to Raise a Child with Asperger Syndrome and Maintain Your Sense of Humor
Nobody told you being a parent would be easy. But you probably weren’t expecting to deal with a high-functioning form of autism, either. This book won’t tell you how to help your child—there are lots of books by doctors and experts that will. What this book does is help you, the parent, stay sane while raising a child with an unusual challenge.
You’ll read about keeping your relationship strong, celebrating small victories, finding time for yourself, learning how not to feel guilty, and how to get past those days when your child is pushing your buttons.
|Guns A’ Blazing: How Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum and Schools Can Work Together Without a Shot Being Fired
It may not seem this way all the time, but parents who have a child with an ASD and schools really have the same goal: to help the child learn. But the relationship between parents whose children have special needs and schools, both public and private, can get contentious in a hurry. It doesn’t have to be that way, and this book shows how to avoid such situations.
The “horror stories” we hear from other parents (and some of our own) can be success stories. The key is checking your ego at the door, aiming for a level playing field, and advocating for your child when necessary. Homeschooling, hiring an advocate, and when to take those (metaphorical) guns out of your holster are among the topics addressed.