What your Child on the Spectrum Really Needs: Advice from 12 Autistic Adults.
For Autistic People Everywhere. May Your Voices Be Heard
by Jenna Gensic
This is a book review that I really should have done about eight months ago. I wanted to be able to do this book justice but it's just so diverse and informative that I don't think that any review I write will really describe the breadth of it.
The book is only 115 pages long but it's A4 sized and absolutely packed with information.
Jenna Gensic is a freelance writer who blogs over at Learning from Autistics and she frequently publishes interviews with autistic people. As I write this, she's just published Interview 147. It's an incredible achievement.
At the beginning of the book, Jenna talks about her experience learning from the narrow experience and perception doctors and her discovery of the world of advocacy. I've often said that while doctors have medical training, they see an average of around 35 patients per week for 30 minutes each (and that's very conservative, in reality it's much less). This gives them quite a limited experience compared to someone who has to live and breathe autism every second of their life.
Autistic advocates have an untapped wealth of knowledge and Jenna taps into that in this book.
- The ideas of "fixing children" and hiding autism.
- Social integration
- Establishing safe environments
- Executive functioning
- Sensory processing
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Correcting behaviour and ethical challenges
- Friendship, sexuality and relationships
- Communication and Empathy
- The workplace
- Understanding Limitations
- Advocacy, bullying and diagnosis