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Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Book: Parenting without Panic


July 22, 2014

An excellent and eminently practical new book, Parenting without Panic: A Pocket Support Group for Parents of Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum (Asperger's Syndrome), was recently released by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Its author is our Newton neighbor Brenda Dater, Director of Child and Teen Services at the Asperger's Association of New England.

Dater knows what she's talking about, from personal as well as professional experience. She is the parent of three children, one of whom has a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome and one of whom has ADHD and generalized anxiety.

NESCA has purchased twenty copies, which we'll happily give away to anyone who could sometimes use a little help in coping with the challenges of autism spectrum parenting. Just ask!

From the publisher:

"Ever wish that parenting a child or teen on the autism spectrum came with instant access to a support group?

Brenda Dater has provided parents with exactly that. In this book she draws on her extensive experience as a support group leader and parent of a child on the spectrum to offer trusted advice and tried-and-tested solutions to parents' top concerns, all in an accessible and easy-to-read format.

Filled with the voices of other parents in the same situation, the book covers everything from the first steps to take after diagnosis, to advocacy and disclosure, behavior, building independence and resilience, making friends, holidays and vacations, homework, supporting siblings, how to garner support from extended family and friends, and how parents can look after their own well-being.

This book extends the vital lifeline of a support group to parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum everywhere."

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