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Embracing Autism: Connecting and Communicating with Children in the Autism Spectrum

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Embracing Autism: Connecting and Communicating with Children in the Autism Spectrum

Robert Parish, Susan Senator (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-118-75005-6 May 2013 Jossey-Bass 208 Pages

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"The voices here confirm what I've always suspected: everyone is part of one large continuum, and the approaches and insights recounted here can help any parent, any educator, any person deal with any child—or, for that matter, any other person—more effectively and with more compassion. I only wish I'd encountered earlier this cadre of experienced and caring individuals whose humor and resourcefulness represent clearly how best to love and nurture a child."—Cynthia Nitz Ris, J.D., Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Through sensitive, sometimes humorous, experienced-based writing from teachers, clinicians, and parent activists in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community, this book will help educators and others to better understand the world inhabited by ASD children. The stories contained in the book will inspire and inform readers who are working day-to-day with children in the autism spectrum, providing valuable insights into what makes these kids tick and useful information on how they communicate, learn, and succeed.

Robert Parish (Cincinnati, OH) is an award-winning journalist with four nationally broadcast public TV documentaries about Autism Spectrum Disorders to his credit, as well as more than 100 digital video projects about ASD for the educational market.

Acknowledgments xi

About the Editor xiii

About the Contributors xv

Foreword: The “Secret” Key to Connection xix
by Susan Senator

Introduction xxiii
by Robert Parish

Chapter 1 My Journey with Jacob 1
by Diane Bayer

Chapter 2 Relating to ASD Children 15
by Arnold Miller

Chapter 3 Three Special Kids—No Apologies Necessary 22
by Kim Stagliano

Chapter 4 Patience—The Least Important “Super Power” 31
by Kristin Kaifas-Tennyson

Chapter 5 North of the Border 49
by Gay and Dennis Debbaudt

Chapter 6 Getting to Know You 61
by Stephen Shore

Chapter 7 Life with Shawn 73
by Jeanne Lyons

Chapter 8 The Freedom to Be Odd 100
by Cammie McGovern

Chapter 9 Just a Little Autism 105
by Teresa Becerra

Chapter 10 Acceptance in Waves 118
by Robert Becerra

Chapter 11 Everyone Has a Chance to Grow 123
by Jackie Marquette

Chapter 12 Grass in the Wind 134
by Kristina Chew

Chapter 13 Now for Our Feature Presentation 139
by Robert Parish

Chapter 14 The Big Question 157

Resources 163

Index 167

Parish is an award-winning journalist with four nationally broadcast public TV documentaries about ASD to his credit. Filled with humor and hope, the essays give information on how people with ASD communicate and learn and what it takes to help them reach their full potential. (ASAP, 06/01/08)
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Hot topic: ASD is the fastest-growing developmental disability, with diagnoses increasing 10-17% annually. It affects as many as 1 in 150 children in the United States. Consequently, there is an enormous amount of interest in this topic.

Author platform: Parish is a well-known and respected figure in the ASD community. He speaks to thousands of educators per year through his regular conference presentations, maintains a web site (comebackjack.org) which receives roughly 5,000 unique visitors per month, and is frequently interviewed in the media as an expert on autism. His latest documantary on autism will be released in Spring 2008. 

Provides valuable information: The inspirational stories contained in this book will provide educators with key insights into what makes these children tick and valuable information on how they communicate, learn, and succeed.

Strong contributor list: The contributors to this book—including Stephen Shore, Susan Senator, Jeanne Lyons, and Arnold Miller—reach tens of thousands per year through speaking engagements, school workshops, media interviews, and writing for mainstream and professional publications, web sites, and blogs.