One of the biggest fears of parents with children with autism is looming adulthood and all that it entails. In her new book Susan Senator takes the mystery out of adult life on the autism spectrum and conveys the positive message that even though autism adulthood is complicated and challenging, there are many ways to make it manageable and enjoyable.
From her own son with autism, now twenty-five, she has learned "never say never."
Autism Adulthood features thirty interviews with autistic adults, their parents, caregivers, researchers, and professionals. Each vignette reveals firsthand a family's challenge, their circumstances, their thought processes, and their unique solutions, and plans of action. Sharing the wisdom that emerges from parents' and self-advocates' experiences, Senator adds her own observations and conclusions based on her long-term experience with autism. Told in Senator's trademark warm, honest, and approachable style, Autism Adulthood paints a vivid and thought-provoking picture of many people grappling with grown-up, real-life autism. Senator's is the only book of its kind, as real families share their stories and their creative solutions.
"Senator hits the nail on the head once again...This is a must-read for any parent with a child on the autism spectrum as well as careå_givers, siblings, and extended family."--Library Journal (starred review)
"In her frank and deeply touching new book, Susan Senator faces the big issues--housing, employment, relationships with siblings, finding trustworthy caregivers--head-on, and offers practical strategies for giving young autistic people the best chance to lead happy and secure lives, mapping a pathway to the future. She offers a blueprint for a world in which people at every point on the spectrum are treated as fellow citizens who deserve respect and the ability to make choices." --Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
"Autism Adulthood is a book I will be recommending to every autism parent I know. Senator is as warm as she is wise, as thoughtful as she is knowledgeable, as compassionate as she is informative. Her rallying cry of 'All we can do is love each other' will resound in any parent's heart. Senator loves fiercely which means she does everything she can to ensure the best life and future for her adult child with autism. This book will inspire the rest of us to do the same for ours." Claire LaZebnik, co-author with Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel of Overcoming Autism
Susan Senator is a writer, activist, and the mother of three boys. Her books include Making Peace with Autism, and The Autism Mom's Survival Guide. Her twenty-five-year-old son, Nat, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and she has been advocating for people with autism ever since. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
320 pages. 2016
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