Kari Dunn Buron, Autism Education Specialist and author of When My Worries Get Too Big! and The Incredible 5-Point Scale
I love this book! It is well-organized, comprehensive, incredibly helpful, and written in a style that is easy to read and relate to. Brenda Dater's new resource is a gem for families and a must read for educators. The book offers the best and most comprehensive section I have ever read relating to sibling relationships, and includes endless tips for taking a successful family vacation. This is now one of my top 5 resources for parents of children on the autism spectrum.
Teresa Bolick, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral
Brenda Dater has written a real gem. I started highlighting the passages I loved, only to realize that whole pages were covered in yellow highlighter! There are so many wonderful insights and ideas in this book. One of the aspects that makes Ms. Dater's book so unique, though, is its consistent focus on parents taking care of themselves. All too often, we professionals heap on recommendation after recommendation. In our zeal to help, we may forget that parents and children are parents and children first, and individuals affected by autism second. In her own eloquent words, Ms. Dater's book reminds all of us that it is essential to heed the flight attendant's warning: "Take care of yourself before attending to the needs of others." I can't wait to start sharing Ms. Dater's book with the families I know.
Tim Page, parent, author of Parallel Play and Professor of Journalism and Music, University of Southern California
It is always challenging to raise a teenager - and especially so if the person you love has Asperger's Syndrome. Brenda Dater's Parenting Without Panic is full of helpful advice and should not only help assuage anxiety but reinforce the joy of living with somebody singular and precious.
Elsa Abele CCC SLP, Speech/Language Pathologist and Adjunct Professor in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Training, Antioch University, New England
Brenda has the rare gift of translating her parenting experience into an insightful professional guide for parents of children with ASD. It is easy to feel that she's right across the table from you having a cup of tea. Your questions get answered.