Life with Autism:

Life with Autism can be extremely stressful for families of special needs children as often families feel they are walking a lonely path. Many families have a difficult time accepting that their child has a life long disability. All members of a family are impacted when a child is diagnosed with autism. Siblings need to feel there is balance in the family and that they feel they are special. Parents can often experience disruption in their physical well being, emotional health and relationships. Recent studies indicate that 85% of marriages in special needs families end in divorce and depression is a common symptom for mothers of children with autism. However, a family with a child with autism, is not destined to become another statistic. One approach is to make family balance a priority. It is important that autism does not become the center of the family. WebMD suggests that the number one thing to do is to learn all you can about autism. Additionally, reading about the challenges of others and their inspirational stories of success gives perspective that you are not alone and this can serve as an effective coping tool. There is nothing more inspiring than personal accounts from individuals living with Autism.

Featured Book of the Week
Cowboy & Wills by Monica Holloway
In this exceptionally touching memoir, critically acclaimed author Monica Holloway shares the extraordinary, deeply moving story of Cowboy, the golden retriever puppy who changed her son's life.

Recommended Readings

Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies and Hope that Can Transform a Child's Life
by Lynn Kern Koegel, Phd., & Claire LaZebnik
310 pages. This book is written by women with two unique perspectives. Dr. Koegel is a well-known researcher and Claire LaZebnik is an author and mother to a child with Autism. Not only is it a book with detailed interventions on the best approaches to deal with the symptoms of autism. It also provides a personal account on how those interventions work in a family setting. Both informative and inspiring it is a must read

That's life with autism: tales and tips for families with autism
by Donna Satterlee Ross, Kelly Ann Jolly
207 pages. Positive personal accounts from parents of children with autism. Stories and reflection emphasize the idea that parent's are not alone in their journeys.

Martian in the Playground: Understanding the Schoolchild with Asperger's Syndrome
by Clare Sainsbury
144 pages. Personal and observations from 25 different suffers, giving glimpses of what actually happens to a child with Asperger's Syndrome in the classroom, in the playground, in the lunch queue and at home.
The Autism Mom's Survival Guide
by Stephanie Hemenway
180 pages. Author is an Autism Mom. Provides strategies for dealing with day to day family challenges and successful outings in the community

Cowboy & Wills
by Monica Holloway
288 pages. A beautiful illustration supporting the findings from the recent studies on the importance of pets to children with autism. Must read for all parents and dog lovers.

Look Me In The Eye
by John Elder Robison
304 pages. Author was diagnosed at age 40. This is his memorable personal account of living with Aspergers.

My Baby Rides the Short Bus
by Yantra Bertelli (Editor), Jennifer Silverman (Editor), Sarah Talbot (Editor)
336 pages. The stories in this collection provide parents of special needs kids with a dose of both laughter and reality.

Raising Brandon: Creating a Path to Independence for Your Adult "Kid" with Autism & Special Needs
by Amalia Starr
240 pages. This story reminds us that children with autism grow up. This is the personal story of a mom who raised her son, Brandon, to adulthood and Brandon now been living independently for 12 years