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My Andrew
Day-to-Day Living with a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Discovering that your child has a permanent pervasive developmental disorder is a shock to any parent. At first, it is hard to believe that the diagnosis is true. But quickly, you begin to immerse yourself in information to learn as much as you can, as quickly as you can. When the author's son was diagnosed with ASD at the age of 4, she began collecting files of paperwork from doctors and therapists, test results, IEPs, and her own journal writings. She combined this information in chronological order and used it as a resource to explain her son to teachers, grandparents, caregivers, therapists, and other parents. This book prepares the teacher, therapist, doctor and family member for that proverbial "emotional rollercoaster" associated with living with ASD.


Wallis A. Simpson and her husband, Donald, live in Bartlett, Tennessee with their
two boys, Jesse and Andrew. Andrew was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum
Disorder when he was four. The diagnosis was changed to Asperger Syndrome
when he was seven. Wallis participates in a summer course, Children with
Disabilities and Their Families, at the University of Memphis as a guest speaker
giving insight into the family aspect of autism. She is a home-schooling mom who
began journaling at the age of fourteen. In addition to writing, she enjoys
teaching adults, reading, and sports.

ISBN: 9781931282826

Reviews (2)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 03 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - Stay-at-home mother Wallis A. Simpson presents My Andrew: Day-to-Day Living with a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, her day-by-day journal of raising two sons, Andrew and Jesse. Jesse is an ordinary child, but Andrew is a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (specifically, a high-functioning form of the disorder known as Asperger Syndrome). The entries span from Andrew's infancy to his entrance in the second grade (and Jesse's entrance in fifth grade). Simpson occasionally provides her hindsight comments in brackets to add perspective to the verbatim original journal entries. My Andrew evolves as a heartfelt portrayal of learning to adjust to raising an ASD child, and sharing one's hard-earned wisdom with the child's teachers or other caretakers. An up-close and personal viewpoint, especially recommended as a supplementary resource for anyone responsible for or working with a child with ASD or Asperger Syndrome.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 03 2016
Customer Review: R. Graham - This book is wonderful. I really enjoyed reading the authors trials and tribulations with his son's Asbergers. It was refreshing to read a daily account of what parents go through and share hints that have helped make their life easier.
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