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.
MEET THE AUTHOR
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.