By Mike Stanton
Whilst the author's son, Matthew, was once ultimately clinically determined with autism at 12 years outdated, they notion the prognosis marked the tip in their issues. in reality, regardless of the rise in suggested degrees of autism, acceptable aid and transparent details have been demanding to discover. the writer issues out that oldsters, who can be a helpful resource of knowledge and aid to busy pros, are seldom keen on the tutorial approach, and are usually made to consider in charge approximately their kid's autism. during this publication, the writer offers an evidence of the autistic specturm and dissects and dispels a few of the myths approximately autistic behaviour and numerous sorts of autism. meant for the pros who paintings with autistic humans and their households and neighbors, this ebook attracts at the Stanton family's studies, and the stories of alternative households, to supply a portrayal of what residing with autism is really like for all these concerned and to argue that studying to dwell with autism is a two-way approach.
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Extra resources for Learning to Live with High Functioning Autism: A Parent's Guide for Professionals
Our well rehearsed sophistication melted away and we became children again. The game ended as suddenly as it began. ’ The looks I got! Those eyes still speak to me with sneering contempt. ‘Play! We do not play! That was an accident. Do not mention it again. We are 16 years old and Masters of the Universe. ’ How many times do young people with autism feel all the pain and confusion at moments like that without the benefit of understanding why? Changes to themselves It is bad enough that the world is changing.
And they improve. Surprise! Surprise! They may still be autistic but their autism is no longer so disabling and we are able to enjoy our children and teach them to enjoy us. There is also the danger of regretting past mistakes and adding to your guilt. ‘If only I’d known… I wish I hadn’t done that…’ etc. etc. You have to forgive yourself. You did the best you knew and when you learned better you did better. Nobody can expect more than that. And let us remember for every ‘cure’ that makes the headlines there are many for whom progress is slow and undramatic.
There is provision for language difficulties, reading problems, behavioural support and so forth, and children are assessed in order to allocate provision. If there is no ‘autistic’ provision what is the use of the label? And if 30 LEARNING TO LIVE WITH AUTISM learning support is available for all the component parts surely it is enough to identify these individual needs and meet them? This is persuasive except that many people with autism also assert that to deny them the label is to deny a valid part of their identity.
Learning to Live with High Functioning Autism: A Parent's Guide for Professionals by Mike Stanton