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If you want your high-functioning autistic child to develop their social and emotional skills within six months, then keep reading.

Parenting is hard. Period. Parenting a high-functioning autistic child can be twice as challenging. Take it from a mom who knows and has stood in your shoes. Dealing with tantrums, meltdowns, self-regulation, and social and emotional barriers are all part and parcel of your life now, and you don’t want to be the parent that is unprepared.

According to the American Psychological Association, as of 2020, 66 percent of parents with autistic children are under stress that may impact their health-related quality of life - it is a stressful job. So if you are looking for advice, tips, and strategies to help you and your family, then this book is for you. In this book, you'll discover: 

  • The single most powerful tool to help understand your child better in less than five minutes.
  • The most commonly made mistakes parents with a new high-functioning autism diagnosis make, which even the professionals make!
  • How to overcome the battles with boundary-setting in three simple steps.
  • Five things you can do right now to improve your home environment. 
  • Black-and-white information to help you choose the right school so your child feels at home while learning.
  • Why you need to use your child’s interests to your advantage.
  • How to rapidly transform your bedtime routine to get your child to sleep.
  • The most honest advice to help you through your everyday life.
  • And so much more...
©2021 Maureen M. Wilkinson (P)2021 Maureen M. Wilkinson

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Great information!

I bought this book to try to understand the challenge my sister has with her autistic son and to get some information on how I may better interact with him. I was so impressed with the content that I gave a copy to my sister who told me that this book had the potential to be life-changing! A great source of information! I highly recommend it!

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Informative

This book has improved my confidence around autistic people because now I have a better understanding of how their minds function, the coping mechanisms are great and I strongly recommend this to others.

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Very helpful guide for parents!

If anyone wants to understand more about your child's behavior whether they have autistic or not, or wants to determine the intensity of support of your child's needs, should listen to this book. It identifies the 3 levels of autism for you and guides you with many...many ways to support and tips to help your child and help you to understand your child better. I feel like even you don't have an autistic child. This is also helpful because, in some of the situations mentioned here, the regular kids can act the same way and it can be extra helpful with those strategies.

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Brings greater understanding

Wonderfully narrated book. The reader feels fully supported and gets a better understanding of the autistic condition. There is great honest advice in this book, a super reference guide to use again and again. Highly recommend it.

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Excellent educational resource

Having grown up in an HFA household, I have some experience. When a good friend needed a resource for their child's diagnosis, I didn't hesitate to recommend this book. I had found it to be one of the best audiobooks out there. The sections that we found the most value from were "Using your child's interests" and "preparing for difficult times." I used audible's bookmark feature and took notes along the way. I recommend that you listen to this book from beginning to end first and take notes during a second pass.

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An number of my family members are on the spectrum

This book gives valuable insights into the minds of children with Autism, I found it very interesting and helpful in navigating people and especially children with this condition. This book is a must have if you have family or children with Autism.

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What a great book

This book gives amazing information for you to help your child and also to yourself!
Feeling guilty as parent and how to overcome it is a very powerful part for me and knowing that neither myself or child is alone on this journey.

Especially chapter 10 - How to confront those everyday conflicts is so informative!
Highly recommend this book!

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Fascinating!

A really eye-opening audiobook and one that will be very useful for me and. my wife as we have just been given the diagnosis that our son has autism. Great tips throughout explaining how to the challenges may present and some tips to overcome them

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Great information

I work with an young autistic lady and have been trying to understand her behavior and this book sheds so much light and has deepened my understood autism. The author is right, it’s exhausting and they can be very unpredictable.

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Really helpful tips

This audiobook is full of fantastic insights and practical tips to really understand autism. Every kid is individual and special requiring their own kind of love and attention, this book doesn’t claim to be the answer to everything but instead points out some key points that need to be understood in order for you to better understand your child.
Great information would highly recommend

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  • 16-01-22

A must listen

This is a simple, easy guide for parents, guardians, and carers. It gave me hope for the future of my son who was diagnosed this year. The author is able to give guidance for newbies new to the world of autism like me! There will be ups and downs, but we can get through it and our children can thrive! Looking forward to trying out some of the author’s mindfulness techniques! I Highly recommend!

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  • 20-05-22

Tough book! Great job presenting!

I do not have an Autistic child. So much of this was foreign to me, but I was very impressed in the caring way that the book was put together. To discuss how to understand the child’s needs was critical for me as I could help in that area when I come across an autistic child. I learned how communication was key and using things like “speech bubbles” could help in communication.

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  • gardener
  • 19-05-22

I highly recommend this book!

This is an outstanding guide for parents of autistic children. Maurine Wilkinson is extremely compassionate and patient and is very careful to explain how she reached this point year after year. She gives many examples of how to deal with difficult situations so that both the child and the parent are satisfied with the results. I highly recommend this book for all parents of autistic children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-22

Encouraging

This book is detailed which is essential especially when approaching this topic. I find this book to be very helpful, giving insight as well as understanding to best develop autistic children. The author expresses various techniques to help cope with the process. Powerful guide!

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  • Gus
  • 10-05-22

This is so much good information!

This is an excellent resource for understanding how to treat children with autism who attend my son's daycare. It discusses the difficulties kids experience and the steps their parents can take to properly nurture them. The narrator has a compassionate and informative tone that makes the information easy to comprehend. I strongly suggest this audiobook to parents who have autistic children or who want to learn more about autism.

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  • Dr. Rodriguez
  • 09-05-22

Highly recommended

This book is so helpful for parents and even family that has someone with Autistic. One of the most exciting parts is taking advantage of the child's interest instead of going in the opposite way of what they want to do. Also, changing the home environment is very helpful. This book will help your child to have an enjoyable life. Those overwhelming days will be gone!!

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  • sanchezmacott
  • 06-05-22

complete with everything you need to know

this is what you need to get into your child’s world and understand how they behave and an incredible smart person thy are. i am a therapist and this gave me more information to share with the parents of the children I treat. thanks

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  • Mary B.
  • 01-05-22

Reassuring!

We’re going through testing right now for my son and I’ve been a mess trying to figure out how to help him. This book doesn’t just offer helpful info and strategies, but also the reassurance that we’re not alone. Thank you!

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  • Gabriel Gonzalo
  • 13-04-22

It raises so much awareness!

I know a couple children at my son's daycare who have autism and this is a great resource to understand how to approach them. It touches on what challenges they face and what solutions their parents could take to nurture them better. The narrator has an empathetic and informative approach which makes it easy to absorb the information. I highly recommend this audiobook to parents that have autistic children or to those that seek awareness.

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  • hudlocke
  • 12-04-22

Packed with good information

I feel like this topic isn't really covered by any other book. And it's clear that the author is an expert in the field. This book has tons of research-based information, as well as anecdotal stories too. It's a pleasure to listen to. Oh, and the narrator is excellent as well.