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The Loving Push

How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults
Narrated by: Leigh Ashman
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

Parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone who cares about a child or teen on the autism spectrum needs this essential roadmap to prepare our youth for being successful adults in today's world. Best-selling author, autism advocate, and animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin joins psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Debra Moore in spelling out the steps you can take to restore your child's hope and motivation, and what you must avoid. Eight life stories told by people on the autism spectrum, including chapters on subjects such as how to get kids off their computers, how to build on their strengths and get back to caring about their lives, and how to find a path to a successful, meaningful life make this a must-hear audiobook.

©2015 Temple Grandin and Debra Moore (P)2016 Future Horizons

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An essential resource for parents and teachers

Highly recommended for parents and teachers of neuro diverse kids. Well thought out and researched practical and realistic advice and support for preparing spectrum teens for fulfilled adult lives. Brilliant. Thank you. I feel much more positive for my daughters future.

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Brilliant Overview of Strategies

Really excellent practical advice rooted in sound research and experience. Many thanks for thus valuable work.

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very down to earth and tangible practical ideas

very helpful as a health professionals perspective
very useful life experiences and strategy to offer support to grow and develop
I enjoyed listening to this well ballanced account

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  • Jo E. St Clair
  • 18-07-17

Perfect for Teachers and Parents

What did you love best about The Loving Push?

I teach children with Autism and find that conversations with my parents about their child's future is a very difficult conversation to have. I plan on recommending this book to my parents this upcoming school year.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Leigh Ashman?

She is a bit bland. Not the right fit for an audio book like this.

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  • D. Pugliese
  • 24-01-17

Eyes Wide Open

What a great book for parents with ASD teens. So many things I knew were important but avoided because of backlash. Now I understand the value and necessity to give my son the loving pushes he needs to survive as a young adult. I've bought the book for many of my friends.

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  • Judy
  • 20-05-19

Disappointing

I think the summary for this book should clearly state that the authors only discuss very high functioning autism and Asperger's. If your kids are anywhere else on the spectrum then there is little you will get from this book. That was incredibly disappointing. I listened to quite a bit of the book hoping they would expand their focus, but that never happened.

It was also a bit difficult to follow as the narrator read the material like one big run-on sentence with few pauses or transitions.

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  • John
  • 08-11-17

So helpful

I felt like this was more of a loving push to me, as a parent of a 9-yr old son who is twice exceptional, than anything else. This input has already impacted my parenting decisions. I can't help him to be more autonomous if I don't encourage as much autonomy/responsibility as is appropriate for his age and ability. Thank you so much for publishing this!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-18

Must read for parents of children on the spectrum

Excellent book to help parents raise children on spectrum to become more fully functioning adults. A must read for any parent who has a child on autism spectrum.

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  • Paul J Reis
  • 05-12-17

Good guide for parents

My daughter is on the spectrum and recently turned 12. This book gave me many practical suggestions for helping her prepare adulthood.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-17

fabulous

educated me a whole bunch on my family members. I now can proceed with more patience and purpose in helping them navigate life.

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  • Andy Girl 81
  • 23-01-20

Extremely helpful

Great for helping ASD kids of all ages! Appreciated the many insights of the authors and contributors.

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  • Mrs. Bliss
  • 26-09-19

Great book, terrible narrator

As the mother of an autistic child, I found the information in this book extremely helpful. The anecdotal references and personal stories provided a unique perspective on the autistic experience, and the data and research provided me with valuable takeaways. However, I desperately wish they had chosen a different narrator! The narrator was clearly not a professional, and sounded like she was reading of the ingredients of a cereal box. It was extremely hard for me to pay attention at times, because her voice was so monotone. I understand the need to save costs by hiring an amateur narrator or having the author read the book his or her self, but I wish that producers and authors would keep in mind that if your readers don’t enjoy your voice, it doesn’t matter how good the story is.

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  • Clare Jordan-Schuster
  • 10-09-19

Reads too fast to enjoy...this has a lot of inform

This book has a lot of information but it is read much too fast to be absorbed. There are no natural pauses to reflect on the words heard and I am frustrated for the second time trying to hear them. I want to return this book until they rerecord it.