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I’ve been asked to read through this book and let everyone know what I thought about it. First a little side note, the girls are not left behind on this one! There is also a “girl version” of this book, appropriately titled 1001 Tips for the Parents of Autistic Girls. You can learn more about the book here at their website and read other bloggers thoughts on this book too! And here is a photo of the cover of the book so you can spot it easier if you want to check it out:
I’ve been reading pieces of this book, it’s very long of course because 1001 tips does take up a lot of pages, 480 pages to be exact! I think this is a book that you would keep around for reference over time, not just a sit down and read the whole thing book. I looked at the contents to see what would appeal the most to me. So if the book was a sandwich, the meat in the middle appealed to me the most because this book covers all the way from pre-autism-diagnosis all the way through to adulthood. So we are past the pre-diagnosis and not yet to the adulthood so I started looking through the midsections and pretty much every section there was of some interest to me. I was so happy to see the adult autism community get addressed though, I feel they are far too often neglected and left unsupported and I know I’m going to be there someday. So overall, I really think there is a healthy bite of information in this book for anyone dealing with autism.
My favorite thing about the book is that it has a ton of information from several different sources compiled into one book. The book contains many sources to help you delve deeper into any one topic that may interest you. It’s not just written from one person’s point of view, it’s a compilation of lots of people’s ideas in the autism community. Sometimes the point of views seem to contradict each other and that took a little getting used to. I did like that it was arranged as fairly short tips so when you’re busy, like I am, you can just read a few tips and move on. Some tips will appeal to you, some won’t. With so many contributing opinions, I think this is a pick up what you can learn from and leave the rest behind. There is a lot to pick up here though. I was happy to see sections on things that can be complicated to understand like IDEA & there was lots of therapies addressed that I never even heard of! Like “vision therapy” (which I actually think Adrian could really benefit from!) who knew?
One of the sections that I payed close attention to was the section on dealing with the schools. I have an IEP meeting coming up so I was interested in reading tips on that. I did come out with some good tips on IEP and I noticed a recurring theme on many of the tips. It was tips encouraging parents to be positive and make learning fun for the child. I think it can be easy to focus too much on the “work to be done” and let the fact that they’re still kids gets thrown by the wayside. I enjoyed that and I found it to be an encouragement. It also encourages parents to be the team leader and be tough. I’m kind of meek and mild. I’m a bit shy, get embarrassed easily so these meetings can be intimidating to me. I think I’ll just re-read some of these tips before the meeting and I think it will encourage me to get my confidence up and just go for it-Like tip #86 If making friends doesn’t work, be prepared to fight! So far though we have a fabulous team and they all want the best for Adrian so it’s been fantastic, but if we must fight, then we must.
The very best thing in the whole book in my humble opinion is a little section about how to explain autism to your family and friends. It gives examples like “verbal doesn’t mean smarter ex: ever have laryngitis” and helps describe sensory issues with “ever had a shirt tag bother you? well imagine that with cactus needles poking out of it” Easy to imagine for someone who might have a hard time figuring out your little guy and why he does what he does. Tips #521 through #527 have more examples to make it easier for loved ones to “get it” a little better.
Overall I would recommend this book to families dealing with autism. It’s just a book that I feel would keep on giving. There is so much information that you could pull it out when you’re facing circumstances and get yourself some tips on how to deal with it. From early symptoms, to education, therapy, nutrition, relationships (marriage, siblings, friends) , daily life, parenting, personal care, military families, homeschooling, safety, holidays, future, finances, and more…you’ll find help for almost any circumstance.
So I’m sure you’d like a copy of this book for yourself wouldn’t you? All I’m asking is for you to make a comment below with the best “tip” you’ve ever gotten about autism. Someone will be chosen at random to receive a copy of the book! The giveaway will be open through sometime on Monday.