Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Coloring Outside Autism's Lines- Book Review.

Book Review: Coloring Outside Autism’s Lines

Author: Susan Walton

Paperback- 202 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks www.sourcebooks.com

ISBN 13:978-1-4022-4120-8

Coloring Outside Autism’s Lines is just what the subtitle suggests, 50+ plus activities, adventures, and celebrations for families with children with Autism. Wow, what a hopeful and refreshing look at Autism.

And isn’t that what every parent dreams for their own child who has Autism? They want normal and if not normal, hopeful. Parents can look at life as an adventure and  can now include activities that a child with Autism can actually participate in and enjoy.  That  alone  is well worth the price of the book.

As a nurse who has cared for children with Autism, I found the book a hopeful representation of what can be accomplished within the family. The book was positive and direct giving the reader tangible actions and insight to help include their child. The tools parents need to make a day at the park or a trip to the zoo more enjoyable for a child with Autism can be as simple as preparing ahead for the meal or snack, finding out if the facility has special needs accommodations, or helping to let go of the guilt when your Autistic child has a melt down in public. Ms. Walton addresses everything a parent goes through when doing normal daily motions with an Autistic child.

Ms Walton gives concrete suggestions for things like Halloween costumes, family celebrations, and finding clothing that your child will not be upset to where. She discusses preparing an emergency kit for the car to include extra clothing, how to form or participate in a community support group, and how to prepare for family or out of town visits with relatives.

The book is overall a useful resource for the simple things that most parents take for granted but that become huge issues for a child with Autism. And she does it with a relaxed conversational tone that is encouraging and positive. The over all message I picked up on was this. Enjoy and love your Autistic child because he or she is a gift. It really can be that simple.

1 comment:

  1. This book was a gem and parents of children with autism will find it a positive resource for inspiration, encouragement, and ideas.



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