The Dragons of Autism
Autism as a Source of Wisdom
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When a child is diagnosed with autism, the parents' initial reaction is often one of hopelessness and fear that nothing can be done. Olga Holland experienced these emotions when her son Billy was diagnosed, but instead of giving up hope, she developed strategies to contain Billy's autistic behaviors, and since then she and her family have come to view autism as a blessing, not a curse. In this book Olga describes the real-world strategies that have made Billy better able to cope with life, reducing his meltdowns and helping him to accept variety and change, and she explains how working with autism's many strengths has led to a better quality of life for all her family. Full of advice for both day-to-day living and long-term progress, The Dragons of Autism is a positive and inspirational read, with Olga's deep love for her son evident throughout.
- Published: Nov 15 2002
- Pages: 208
- 231 x 158mm
- ISBN: 9781843107415
Children, Young People and Families
Teachers and learning support assistant may find this a worthwhile read in terms of environmental adaptations that could be made within school and the importance of an understanding and committed teacher. It is also useful for occupational therapists... a relevant and practical book although contains no new information for the professional.
Metapsychology Online Book Reviews
This book is a decent chronicle about life with a child with autism. To help others gain insight or to find encouragement for your own struggle, it is worth a read.
This is a highly personal account of one mother coming to terms with her son's autism, and how she has gone about dealing with it. In a way, it is the book that all parents of ASD children have inside them, and some of us get round to writing. We all have something worth sharing, and can learn from the experiences of others.
Five to Eleven
This is a parent's account of living with a child with autism. It provides some good ideas which teachers and parents might adapt for use in school or at home. These books emphasise the main challenges and delights of caring for or teaching autistic children; also the need for a flexible approach by adults, and a sense of humour.