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Summary

The definitive guide for parents of autisic children, written from the perspective of neurodiversity. 

Written by Jessie Hewitson, an award-winning journalist at The Times, Autism is the audiobook she wishes she had listened to 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
©2018 Jessie Hewitson (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

Critic reviews

"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, best-selling author and co-translator of The Reason I Jump)

"Jessie Hewitson has really hit the mark with this book, giving our history, our diversity, our challenges and our hopes. Autistic people and their families are finally represented." (Carrie Grant)

"Exceptionally useful and informative." (Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, UCL)

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  • 28-07-18

great book for newly diagnosed

I would strongly recommend purchasing this as in book form listening to it on audible is is well narrated but too many web addresses and things you need to make a note of obscures the enjoyment of the listen. Having lived autism for 8 years now I don't think I have learnt much from this book. the author has got it right by referring to experienced described by individuals on the spectrum. what happens later on though, is that the practical approaches are very geared towards verbal autism and leaves little room for the spectrum approach. Also she is a little fixated on routine and this can be great for some but as my husband says (being on the spectrum also) routine is comfortable but it creates a prison and he wishes that someone would teach him how to deal with stuff without creating ridgid routines. this is what we are doing with our son and for him it works wonderfully. it is about pushing gently and kindly and knowing when to make the next move. I other words use this book as it is good, but make adaptions and don't assume that even the "essentials" are essential to you child. Happy autism journey ! :-)

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very insightful

I really liked it a real eye-opener my son was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder this audio helped me look at things a little different

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most insightful and extremely well-written book

This has to be the most insightful and extremely well-written book on Autism I've come across.

I'd you're a parent with a diagnosis this book. will help you with its insight.

if you're a parent with a child or children who you suspect may be on the Autism spectrum then this book will help you no end, whether or not you wish to. pursue a diagnosis.

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Very enlightening

This book is very well researched. Jessie covers autism in its various forms and gives the listener a comprehensive insight into the condition. Her advice for parents of autistic children is brilliant throughout.

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Lovely informative and positive

Definitely the best book to get when you 1st get a diagnosis for your child. It is uk based which is perfect as there is not many about. Definitely happy with this book.

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Mummy's little boy with AUTS 2

has been very informative. for a mum trying to find out as much as i can to help my son who has AUTS 2 a genetic mutation and not a lot is know about it effects on my child and we are mostly stumbling in the dark. he will have some for of autism but they don't now to what degree he is at present none verbal and on a NG as dose not ear he is delayed in walking as can only walk around furniture but has been making some progress with independent steps but always fall to his knees to get about quickly and he can climb like anything. this has been a very long and stressful path we are on but the more i can find to help him the more he achieves. thank you for your help

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This is a fantastic book

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The main reader’s voice was perfect and the pace good. Would recommend. I definitely will revisit again.

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Brilliant

This book is fantastic, lots of knowledge, idea’s, tips and help with the journey of Autism, I will be reading this again and taking notes when my sons EHCP is to be reviewed. It is very informative and I would recommend this book to anyone.

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I want to hug the author

My son was diagnosed with autism 2 weeks ago and since then I have been reading anything I can get my hands on. This new experience has been daunting and my emotions have been all over the place. Listening to this book has been the much needed reality check as well as helping me focus back on what’s most important (my sons happiness). I wish I could thank the author personally!

I particularly liked the chapter on autism in BAME communities and the acknowledgment of the unique barriers that need to be overcome.

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Autism book

Very useful book to someone has Autism child. It's help you to understand every single things about autism.

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help a lot👏👏👏😍😍😍😍😍😍😍👣👶💞

I love it it helps so much thank you a must read!!!!! I'm son is 3yr and have autism so I'm new. I give it a 100

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