My Parent Has An Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Workbook for Children and Teens

Barbara's book "My Parent Has An Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Workbook for Children and Teens [Paperback]" is available for order at Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Discovering that a family member is on the autism spectrum is an experience that affects the entire family, and can particularly disrupt the family when it is a parent receiving the diagnosis. The situation can be difficult to explain to children, especially if a parent has not fully grasped the implication themselves, and any adult facing this challenge will be in need of a helping hand. This workbook has been designed with precisely this purpose in mind. It will strengthen relationships between parents with ASDs and their children by facilitating understanding of behaviour and situations that all the family will previously have noticed but not understood, and shows how to develop effective problem solving strategies. Chapters cover everything from dealing with the initial diagnosis to understanding special interests, difficulties with social skills and figures of speech, and the need for rules and routines. Every chapter concludes with a worksheet for parent and child to complete together, which encourages mutual understanding and fosters healthy relationships. This book is an essential tool for any family with a parent on the autistic spectrum, and is equally suitable for children and teens who are on the autistic spectrum and those who are not. It will also be of interest to professionals and anyone else working with a family dealing with autism.

Book Reviews

"My Parent Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Workbook for Children and Teens will be released by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in February 2011, and is described as an essential tool for any family with a parent on the autistic spectrum, and ... equally suitable for children and teens who are on the autistic spectrum and those who are not."

Maddie M at the Wellspher website wrote:

"This is a great book for anyone starting a journey of discovery following a diagnoses of autism. It may seem curious at first to know that an adult, and in this case a parent, has been diagnosed with autism, but it is becoming far more commonplace than we might ever have imagined a few years ago, which makes this book especially timely. Written with teenagers and young people in mind, Barbara writes with a casual, warm and approachable style which avoids being patronizing. When she uses a term which may be unfamiliar to her audience, she also includes a simple definition of the word which greatly helps the flow and understanding of the reader.The book is divided into chapters covering the primary issues which will be of interest and important to any young person trying to understand their parent. She write sympathetically to both parent and child discussing many of the common concerns and worries of young people to aid understanding and empathy.I particularly liked the style of worksheets in that they are brief and on point. Also the idea that both parent and child work on the same questions and issues should be illuminating for both parties".