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A Spectrum of Light: Inspirational Interviews with Families Affected by Autism

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781849050135
Author(s): Francesca Bierens
Format: Paperback
Year: 2009
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd
Dimensions: 150 x 226 x 13 (w x l x h)
Pages: 192

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The emotional trauma that families go through when they find out their child has an autism spectrum disorder can feel like being plunged into darkness. Francesca Bierens is here to show that there is also a light at the end of the tunnel. Over a period of fourteen years, Francesca Bierens interviewed ten families of children on the autism spectrum. This book records their answers: how they felt, how they coped, and what gave them strength and solace. Each family discusses how they reacted when they found out their child had autism, and their feelings leading up to diagnosis. They share their positive and negative experiences of professionals, and describe the support that they received, often from grandparents, respite care givers, support groups and other parents. Two of the original children, now in their 20s, also talk about the experience of growing up with autism, and describe how their lives are now. Above all, Bierens' message, and that of the families she interviews, is one of inspiration and hope, showing that there is light, love and laughter along the way. Their stories should be read by anyone who is affected by or working with autism.

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