One of the first things I did after it became apparent that Devin had autism was to search the shelves at the local library to find any books that I could relating to autism and reading it. I wanted to have a general reference book to keep at home that I could refer to whenever needed but I did not have a lot of extra money, so I wanted to preview the book before I bought it.
Understanding Autism for Dummies
My purchase ended up being Understanding Autism For Dummies. No, I did not consider myself a dummy but the book presented the material in understandable terms and it was one of those books that I knew that I could use over the years and would definitely be worth my investment.
The book includes a Foreword by Temple Grandin, who is one of the most-known people with autism. One of the two authors is Stephen Shore, who also is on the autism spectrum. And the other author, LInda G. Rastelli, is a journalist who specialized in business and health. Both Grandin and Shore were children when autism was not a well-known diagnosis, but they have both achieved doctorate degrees; and they both have been featured speakers at autism conferences many times.
An Older Book, But Still Relevant
Understanding Autism For Dummies was published in 2006, but the pages of the book still contain information relevant to autism today. Many parents, educators and therapists have looked to this book for guidance over the years as it is a great information source regarding autism and some of the strategies used in the areas of behavior, medicine, education and other interventions. The book also contains success stories of people on the autism disorder spectrum as well as information about organizations supporting autism and how to focus on strengths so a person with autism can succeed.
My personal copy of this book definitely shows its age and use — many pages are highlighted as well as marked with the corners folded down, and the cover is not as bright as it once was. I have referred to it many times over the years and also loaned it out a time or two to people who were working with Devin so that they would have a better understanding.
Meeting Stephen Shore
Ironically enough, I have attended several conferences over the years and have been fortunate to have heard both Stephen Shore and the mother of Temple Grandin speak about their experiences. At the conference where Stephen Shore spoke, a group of people including myself was asked by the conference organizer if we would like to accompany him to dinner that night — he was very interested in hearing about each of our autism children and to offer some insight on each as well! It was a very special time!
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