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Autism : how to raise a happy autistic child
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London : Orion Spring, 2018.

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xv, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
For every child diagnosed with autism, there are usually two worried parents who may not have a clue about the condition or how best to help their little one. Jessie Hewitson's son was two-years old when he was diagnosed with autism. Like many other worried parents before her, Jessie's immediate instinct was to learn everything she could about the condition and how best to support her child. But when The Times award-winning journalist embarked on her own investigative process, she soon uncovered a cloud of conflicting, panic-inducing information. She realised that advice from unsafe corners of the internet, strangers and even well-meaning friends can make you feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and disheartened. She decided to write this book to provide other parents in similar situations with a wealth of practical and reliable support, all in one place. Expertly researched, Autism includes interviews with academics, education lawyers, pediatricians, psychologists, speech and language therapists and parents such as David Mitchell and Melanie Sykes. Jessie covers everything, from ways to make your home more autism-friendly; how to help your child with eating, sleeping and anxiety; how to access the right support at school; what to do when your child is having a meltdown and how to feel closer to them. How, in short, to raise a happy autistic child.
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Book 618.9285 Hewit
Book 618.9285 Hewit
Book 618.9285 Hewit
Book 618.9285 Hewit
Book 618.9285 Hewit
Book 618.9285 Hewit

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'A wise SatNav for what is often a bewildering, or even scary, zone of parenting. The book offers real-world, road-tested, child-first and family-friendly advice; while also highlighting the twin truths that autism is not a tragedy, and that adaptation and acceptance are not resignation' David Mitchell, bestselling author and co-translator of The Reason I Jump

'A must-read for anyone with an autistic child in their life' Laura James, author of Odd Girl Out

Written by Jessie Hewitson, an award-winning journalist at The Times , Autism is the book she wishes she had read when her son was first given the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

It combines her own experiences with tips from autistic adults, other parents - including author David Mitchell - as well as advice from autism professionals and academics such as Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. Autism looks at the condition as a difference rather than a disorder and includes guidance on:

· What to do if you think your child is autistic
· How to understand and support your child at school and at home
· Mental health and autism
· The differences between autistic girls and boys

'It is incredibly useful and informative, full of new research and interviews that put right an awful lot of misinformation. I cannot recommend this highly enough' The Sun

'Exceptionally useful and informative' Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, UCL

Author Notes

Jessie Hewitson is a staff property and personal finance writer on The Times from London. Before working at The Times , she worked as a freelance journalist, writing for The Sunday Times and the Telegraph , and edited Tatler magazine's 2013 guide to the best doctors. She is a mother of two; her seven-year-old son is autistic.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
1 Denning Autismp. 1
2 Is My Child Autistic?p. 11
3 The Diagnosis Processp. 26
4 What is it Like to be Autistic?p. 43
5 Sensory Differencesp. 54
6 Interventionsp. 69
7 Creating an Autism-friendly Homep. 95
8 Mental Healthp. 115
9 Learning to Playp. 136
10 Siblingsp. 151
11 Nursery and Schoolp. 164
12 Support in Educationp. 207
13 Playdatesp. 234
14 Girls and Autismp. 242
15 Autism in Black and Minority Ethnic Communitiesp. 257
16 Holidaysp. 264
Conclusionp. 271
Glossary of Termsp. 275
Acknowledgementsp. 279
Autism Indexp. 281
Names / General Indexp. 285