Author(s): William Stillman
This book tells how parents can appreciate their autistic children and prevent them from being pathologized, over-medicated, and marginalized. In this groundbreaking book, William Stillman, an expert and passionate advocate of Autism Spectrum Disorders, offers a commonsense guide for parenting autistic children. He gives mothers and fathers, caregivers, and teachers the information they need to recognize an autistic child's unique personality, passions, and intellect and therefore liberate them from today's culture of fear. He shows why the current conventional incentive and reward systems send the wrong message to autistic kids and just don't work. This book offers a sensible ten-step guide for enriching relationships with autistic kids through a belief in their essential competence; includes information that liberates parents from the culture of fear surrounding autism; explains how kids with autism are intelligent but may have unconventional methods of communication that need to be understood and appreciated; and, shows why your child doesn't need traditional therapy or medication to 'treat' autism. This book is written by an acclaimed expert on the topic of autism, who is himself an adult with Asperger's Syndrome. This is a comprehensive guide for taking a year off between high school and college. This is a groundbreaking book for the 45,000 students every year who want to get a better college education by taking a year off between high school and college. This new strategy is recommended and supported by top level Ivy League and division-one universities. The book contains criteria and self-quizzes to determine if you should take a gap year, offers ideas for activities to pursue, includes listing of a wide-variety of programs, shows the developmental, psychological, and educational benefit of the gap year. The book also includes case studies from a diverse range of students and their families. This is a comprehensive guide for those applying to or already admitted to college, post grad private and high school athletes seeking a better chance for college. It includes a wealth of self-assessments, suggestions, and ideas for kids just wanting to take a break and gain some experience and maturity, and contains recommendations for a variety of economical work/study, national service or working abroad study and adventure programs. It is filled with case studies from a diverse group of students and their families.
"...for its suggestions of cultivating a healthier mindset, it's a winner." -LibraryJournal.com (August 28, 2009) "Hooray! Hooray! Finally a book that offers real hope and resources for parents of Autistic children to understand what their child is experiencing, and to make life for themselves and their child easier to manage. Mr. Stillman speaks from experience as a person living with Asperger's Syndrome and as an advocate for those on the spectrum who can't speak for themselves. An expert and passionate advocate for those with autism, William Stillman has written a commonsense guide for parenting children with autism. He believes that by giving those around the autistic child the information that they need to recognize their child's unique personality, will help liberate them from the culture of fear and the stigma so prevalent in our society. He demonstrates why the current methods that are used don't tend to work, and offers a ten-step guide for a better, more fulfilling relationship with children with autism. By believing that they are essentially competent to handle tasks, their lives are enriched and so are the lives of those around them." --- Marta Hoelscher, BasilandSpice.com "Empowered Autism Parents is thought-provoking. It offers hope and real-world information for parents of children with Autism. Stillman puts aside common misperceptions to reveal the truth: people with autism are intelligent, insightful and inspired-they just have a different way of showing their talents. And who would know better than someone who has spent his life advocating for himself and all those individuals who have been lucky enough to work with him?" --- Carine Nadal, Fabulously40.com "Stillman, an adult with Asperger's syndrome, encourages parents of children with autism to try to understand their child's perspective of the disorder. He urges parents to discard a "fix-it" mentality and instead embrace their children as they are and to recognize their intelligence, and contribution to society, without viewing their difficulties or deficits as a hindrance. Stillman discounts the medical and diagnostic perceptions of autism to propose a reverence of those with differences and a desire to understand better their unique communication methods and insights." --- Lisa M. Jordan, Library Journal
William Stillman is a passionate activist, consultant, and author in the field of autism. He has devoted his life to advocating for individuals on the autism spectrum. He can be contacted at www.williamstillman.com.
Foreword (Lu Hanessian). Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART ONE: RECEIVING THE NEWS. 1. Could It Be Autism? 2. Healing and Acceptance. PART TWO: ESTABLISHING A HEALTHY AND SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR CHILD. 3. Presuming Your Child's I