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Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum: Unexpected Lessons We Have Learned

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Maureen F. Morrell and Ann Palmer are raising two very different children: Justin, a whirlwind of activity and mood swings, who is supervised in a residential farm community, and Eric, quiet and passive, who lives independently at college. The authors give an account of the striking similarities as well as the stark differences in their experiences of parenting children at opposite extremes of the autism spectrum. The two mothers speak openly about their children's diagnosis and early childhood through to adolescence, young adulthood and the day they leave home. They are honest about the struggles they had anticipated and the challenges that took them by surprise. Through their friendship and two decades of shared experiences of parenting an ASD child, each has gained a clear understanding of her own strengths and limitations, as well as those of her child.

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Morrell and Palmer met two decades ago in a support group for mothers of autistic children. Their sons are on opposite ends of the autism spectrum; one is highly active and requires constant supervision at the residential farm community where he lives, the other is quiet and passive and is living independently at college. The authors take advantage of their "empty nest" time to reflect on the challenges of raising their autistic sons. Discussion includes life after diagnosis; specific challenges to marriage, siblings, and extended family; the importance of self-care; and thoughts on dealing with the public and advocating for the children, among other topics. The authors extract lessons from their narratives to be of use to parents of recently diagnosed autistic children. Both women are associated with the Autism Society of North Carolina. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Maureen F. Morrell and Ann Palmer
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Palmer, Ann
Morrell, Maureen F.
Children with Special Needs
Autistic children
Autism in children
Parenting - General
Self-Help : General
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