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Voices from the Spectrum


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Introduction. PART I: Raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum. 1. The Ride for Autism: A Community Gets in Gear to Help Solve the Puzzle, Andrew Abere. 2. The Tree's on Fire: Voicing Experience, Marc Biondo. 3. Perspectives, Maribel Danta. 4. Facing the Pain of Autism-and Surviving, Nicholas Dixon. 5. Happy Days with my Daughter, Sheryle Dixon. 6. Through the Looking Glass, Phil Dougherty. 7. My Will, Margaret Janger Flynn. 8. Jenius, Nayma Glenn 9. School Days, Heidi J. Graff. 10. You Never Know, Nancy Ironside. 11. Talk to Me, My Darling, Rosemary Johann-Liang. 12. Our Lives at the Edge of the Spectrum, Elizabeth Lipp. 13. Pulling String, Irene Litherland. 14. Still the Same Boy, Mary Marmion. 15. Stump the Cook, Lauren Goldman Marshall. 16. Taking the Bag Off, Shelley Milhous. 17. Truth: The Parents' Spectrum, John Nelson. 18. Listening to Macord, Eric Peter. 19. Parallel Worlds, Antonia Rowland. 20. The Question, Shelley Stolaroff Segal. 21. Simply Perfect, Tanya Stanley. 22. On the Wings of Asperger's, Carol Anne Swett. 23. Learning to Embrace the `A' Word, Elaine Tarutis. 24. On Eating Biscuits: Life with Autism, Eileen Teyssou. 25. Katie's Question, Lauren Yaffe. PART II: The Grandparents' Connection. 26. Barefooted Band-Aid Boy, Patricia E. Gardocki. 27. Lap Time, Dan Gottlieb. 28. An Unexpected Gift of Love, Oscar and Sally Olson. 29. A Grandmother's Story, Elizabeth Nedler. 30. Come with Me, Grandma, Frances S. Rosenfield. PART III: The Sibling Experience. 31. An Unexpected Blessing, Kimberly M. Bittner. 32. Growing Up with Bradley, Stephanie Coyle. 33. Living Life, Katherine Flaschen. 34. Their Sound has Gone Out, Susan Ironside. 35. Why Am I So Resentful? Lydia Liang. 36. My Brother...Ahhhhhhhh! Zoe Naseef. PART IV: Diagnosed on the Spectrum. 37. No! You Don't Understand, Beth Adler. 38. It Never Rains... Simon Brodie. 39. ...It Pours, Sarah Brodie. 40. Melt(d)ing Down, Rauidhri Finn. 41. Relativity, Auriela van Hulsteyn (Finn's spouse). 42. Essay on Autism, Heidi Kunisch. 43. The way we think, Roger N. Meyer. 44. The Chains of Friendship: An Autistic Person's Perspective on Interpersonal Relationships, Alex Mont. 45. Jordan's Gift, Todd Schmidt. 46. The Importance of Parents in the Success of People with Autism, Stephen Shore. 47. Culture, Conditions and Personhood: A Response by Donna Williams to the Cure Autism Debate, Donna Williams. Part V: Working on the Spectrum. 48. A Sound from Kuwait, Samira Al-Saad. 49. Learning from Oliver, Margaret Anderson. 50. Closet Case: Finding the Way Out, Cindy N. Ariel. 51. The Wizard of Echolalia, Gerard Costa. 52. Two Autistic Children - A World of Difference, Pim Donkersloot (translated by Jill Adler-Donkersloot). 53. Life as a Cooking Pot, Anne Marie Gallagher. 54. Moving to the Heart of the Matter, Gayle Gates. 55. Circle of Devotion, Trish Miron. 56. Playing with Hudson, Eric R. Mitchell. 57. The Path of Acceptance for Families, Robert Naseef. 58. The Challenges of Autism: An Introspection, Bertram Ruttenberg. 59. No Looking Back, Fiona Scott. 60. Spiderman at Mini-Camp, Lillilan N. Stiegler. Appendix.

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A compelling collection of personal accounts providing insights into the autism spectrum from a range of different persepctives

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Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author, and father of an adult child with autism. His highly regarded book Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Disability has received international recognition. He has appeared on radio and television. Robert Naseef's speciality is working with families of children with special needs. He has a special interest and expertise in the psychology of men and fatherhood. Cindy N. Ariel, Ph.D., is a psychologist in independent practice. She is the co-founder and director of Alternative Choices, a group psychotherapy practice which includes a Special Families Resource Center. The resource center provides information, referral, and guidance to families that include a member with special needs. Cindy Ariel has extensive experience working with individuals with special needs and their families. Robert Naseef and Cindy Ariel are based in Philadelphia, USA.


Voices from the Spectrum is a symphony of rich density thanks to the book's contributors who graciously share their myriad of perspectives, quests, struggles, hopes, and thoughts on life mingled with autism spectrum disorders. At times easy to read and at times the kind of reading that leaves lumps in the throat and thuds in the heart, Voices from the Spectrum is always honest and genuine. I whole-heartedly recommend it. -- Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D., Author of Pretending to be Normal and Asperger Syndrome in the Family
Voices from the Spectrum is a wonderful book to recommend to people who are in the high-functioning part of the autistic spectrum and to any other person who has any interest in comprehending the experience of having a family member with autism. It is also highly recommended as a book for students, as a means of helping them learn about the impact of ASDs on the family. The book presents a very realistic and compassionate view of what it is like to be autistic, and it gives a glimpse into the tremendous stresses on families with an autistic child. The book includes an excellent reference list of both books and Internet resources for further information about ASDs... This engrossing book of personal essays addresses the soul of autism, in terms of the impact this condition has on the family, the community, and the person who has an ASD. It is a compelling read, composed of true experiences that reveal love, pathos, patience, and persistence in the face of the unremitting demands of autism. The courageous contributors to this book have shared their personal narratives of the challenges, complications, frustrations, joys, and heartaches that autism has brought into their lives... Voices from the Spectrum makes it clear that the families and professionals who work with ASD children and adults have hearts big enough to cope with the many challenges presented by an autistic loved one. This is an inspiring book that will enrich the reader's understanding and humanity. -- PsycCRITIQUES
This book is a unique collection of essays sharing personal experiences of the autistic spectrum. The range of authors and the people and topics that they write about is diverse and allows us an insight in to the roller coaster of challenges, triumphs and personal development that is faced by all who are involved with children and adults across the spectrum... I would recommend this book particularly to parents of newly diagnosed children or professionals new to working with the autistic spectrum as it gives a straightforward and rounded look at autism, gently introducing the wide and unpredictable spectrum at a time when parents may have little understanding of what the autism label may mean and when developmental paediatricians and other professionals may be unwilling or unable to offer prognosis for the future... this book offers a very easy-to-read, accessible text. It provides honest and heart-felt accounts of the discovery, trials, tribulations, acceptance, development, personal growth and joys of parenting and working with a child on the autistic spectrum. The format of the book allows you to dip in and out at your own pace and to take from it what you need at that time. -- Good Autism Practice

This book is a collection of 60 very personal, very emotional, very inspiring essays about the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Ariel and Dr. Naseef collected these insights to the Autism Spectrum from around the world, from Kuwait to Ireland to the U.S to Australia, each giving the reader a different perspective, a deeper understanding, of the Autism Spectrum...The authors speak of the varied emotions and life changes they experienced when a loved one was diagnosed, as well as the enlightenment some underwent in terms of their own life issues when their children were determined to be on the spectrum. Siblings talk about their love for their special brothers and sisters, and grandparents discuss their desire to help. Professionals describe the endless rewards and frequent frustrations of working with autistic children and adults and the limitations of some systems. Parents speak mostly about their love and single-minded determination to make the best life possible for their children.What comes through in each essay is the need for more: more research, more programming, more assistance to families and more understanding of autism by school systems, physicians, mental health agencies, neighbors, friends and family members. This book is enlightening and powerful and recommended to anyone who would like to gain greater understanding of the Autism Spectrum..

-- Healing Magazine
Cindy Ariel and Robert Naseef have put together a collection of essays that are heartbreaking and heartwarming, by turn. All points along the autism spectrum are represented and all age groups. -- FOCUS Autism Society of Northwest Ohio Quarterly Newsletter
This book offers realistic perspectives, affirmation to the many groups represented and a positive and hopeful message. I would recommend this book to all. -- The MAAP
The incidence of autism, a puzzling neurologic/ communication disorder, has increased tenfold in the past 25 years, according to a couple with a psychology practice in the Philadelphia area'. -- Book News

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