Encouragement and guidance to the parents of any child on the autism spectrum whether high or low functioning, as well as the teachers, therapists, family members, and friends who support them
Parents of children with autism can often feel out of their depth when it comes to nurturing their child's learning and development. This book helps parents to make sense of the baffling array of educational interventions available, showing how to adapt different strategies to meet the specific needs of their child, including those with moderate to severe autism.
Guided by love, faith and unwavering resolve, Joyce Show offers practical advice based on her experiences as both a mother and a physician. She takes the reader by the hand through all the steps of cognitive, social, and emotional development from initial engagement to abstract thinking, and provides straightforward primers for popular interventions such as Floortime and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Parents will learn how to motivate play, build up communication, deal with challenging behaviors, and teach important everyday life skills, while growing in a trusting relationship with their child.
"This lovely book offers an intimate story about raising Peter, a child with autism. Joyce's warmth and insightful reflections are inspirational, and her wisdom will provide reassuring guidance for many. Love, joy and faith triumph over the many hurdles they encounter."--Diane Cullinane, MD, developmental pediatrician and Executive Director of Pasadena (California) Child Development Associates
"With love, grace, and skill, Joyce Show shines a light of hope and healing during a time for families which is often filled with uncertainty. Whether you are personally touched by autism or not, you will be transformed by Joyce's devotion as a mother and her commitment to improving the lives of others."--Gwennyth L. Palafox, PhD, Clinical psychologist and Director of Meaningful Growth, California
"Joyce Show's comprehensive and profound command of the subject matter, as well as the different treatment modalities, is infused with the love, compassion and the understanding that can only be mustered by a parent. She also accomplishes what few other books on autism have, which is to seamlessly use each modality as a tool without the rigid dogmatism that pervades books written about a particular therapeutic method, creating a truly holistic educational approach. It is sure to become an indispensable guide and a beacon for parents on their autism journey."--Anita Ghazarian, O.D. parent of a child with autism, California
400 pages. 2012