By Barbara Firestone
Intimate, daring and encouraging, Autism Heroes offers a compelling and delicate account of the studies of 38 households from diverse walks of existence confronting the demanding situations of autism with braveness, tenacity and love. With empathy and services won from her 3 a long time of management of the assistance staff and her dedication to teenagers with designated wishes, Dr. Barbara Firestone engages the households in candid, strong and deeply affecting conversations approximately their lives. every one kinfolk narrative is decided opposed to the backdrop of her insightful essays approximately dignity, desire, chance and love, that are essentially vital to all households dwelling with autism.The households supply their reviews overtly and truthfully, sharing their demanding situations, triumphs and hopes. Their candor is helping demystify and destigmatize autism and embraces different mom and dad simply starting or already at the trip. Their reflections chart the path during the many levels of dealing with autism and looking ideas for his or her teenagers, and so they provide a lifeline of help, perception, encouragement and hope.Fully illustrated with lovely images by way of Joe Buissink, Autism Heroes is a useful source for households in addition to educators, clinicians, researchers and coverage makers.
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I just keep moving forward. I’ve always looked at it this way: whatever challenges are given to you in your life, you have to continue to look forward and take responsibility for the choices and decisions you make. 31 32 kathy and tony peyser athy and Tony Peyser’s only child, Jeremy, is now a young adult. Jeremy has classic autism and grew up in a time when information and understanding about this disability were limited. As parents and writers, the Peysers recognize the importance of public awareness and look forward to expanding opportunities for special needs children.
It warms my heart to see what’s happening and that there’s a place for my kids to learn. michel gour oey Gour feels a great sense of pride when he plays with a band from his independent living skills program. Sometimes he plays on Sundays in the bakery that his parents Michel and Edie own. The Gour family, including their older son Jason, has been dedicated to helping Joey grow in his self-esteem. They are grateful that Joey has this ability to express himself in music, which gives him so much pleasure and so much positive feedback from those around him.
I was just Ms. Angry and he was Mr. Denial. The two of us were walking on separate paths. Ken: I do remember feeling like aliens—you could have shaved our heads. Sometimes that’s how we felt, being looked at like four bald, little Martians in the world. It feels like that sometimes, but it’s getting better. ” Probably my biggest problem in life before I had kids with autism was my dry cleaning not being ready. “What am I going to do? ” The autism broke me down to realize what’s important in life and what’s not.
Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge by Barbara Firestone