Raising Our Son With Autism
A Family's 40-Year Journey
The authors, Merling and Luke Tsai, account their approach to confronting major and unexpected challenges over the past 40 years with their son, Stephen, who has lower-functioning autism. The Tsai’s told their story to keep record of the way Stephen has touched many people’s hearts and changed their spiritual direction despite his severe handicaps in cognition, communication, and social relationships. Stephen has become a friend, a teacher, and guide to his own parents by enlightening their relationship with God. The trials and tribulations that the Tsai family has endured will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your face in their recognition of Stephen as a perfect gift from God.
Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD
Meet the Authors
Merling C. Tsai, MD, graduated from Taipei Medical University, School of Medicine in Taipei, Taiwan. She practiced in the field of psychiatry before moving to the United States. She has worked as a research associate in psychiatry and has published several research papers as a co-author. For the last several years, she has worked as a job coach for her son Stephen and has been involved as a mentor for the Friendship Ministry at her church.
Luke Y. Tsai, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Research Scientist Emeritus, University of Michigan; Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; editorial board member of Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Journal of Mental Health Research in Developmental Disabilities; guest editorial board member of Formosan Medical Journal and Journal of Taiwanese Psychiatric Association; American Psychiatry Association DSM-IV contributor; American Psychiatry Association DSM-5 Clinical and Public Health Review Committee Peer Reviewer; Former Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Michigan Medical Center; founder and director of the Developmental Disorders/Autism Program of University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Michigan Medical Center; and co-chair and current member of the Panel of Professional Advisors of Autism Society of America.
He has held academic and professional appointments at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the University of Michigan Medical School and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and Oakland University School of Education and Human Services.
He is much sought after nationally and internationally as a speaker, consultant and researcher. Widely published, his publications include more than 90 articles and 35 books and chapters.