Author(s): Brenda Dater
Ever wish that parenting a child or teen on the autism spectrum came with instant access to a support group? Brenda Dater has provided parents with exactly that. In this book she draws on her extensive experience as a support group leader and parent of a child on the spectrum to offer trusted advice and tried-and-tested solutions to parents' top concerns, all in an accessible and easy-to-read format. Filled with the voices of other parents in the same situations, the book covers everything from the first steps to take after diagnosis, to advocacy and disclosure, behavior, building independence and resilience, making friends, holidays and vacations, homework, supporting siblings, how to garner support from extended family and friends, and how parents can look after their own wellbeing. This book extends the vital lifeline of a support group to parents of children and teens with on the autism spectrum everywhere.
Brenda Dater is Director of Child and Teen Services at Asperger's Association of New England (AANE), where she runs workshops and support groups for parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum. She is the parent of three children, one of whom has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome and one of whom has a diagnosis of ADHD and generalized anxiety. She lives in West Newton, Massachusetts.
Acknowledgments.; Disclaimer.; A Note on Terminology.; A Note on Strategies.; 1. In the Beginning.; 2. Behavior - Looking Through an Asperger's Lens.; 3. Disclosure - How to Tell Your Child About Asperger's and When to Consider Telling Others.; 4. Friendship Foundations.; 5. Homework - Why is it Hard and What Will Help?; 6. Extended Family and Friends.; 7. Siblings.; 8. Holidays and Vacations.; 9. Chronic Stress - Building a Balanced Life.; 10. Raising Capable and Resilient Kids.; Conclusions.; Additional Resources.; References.; Index.