Autism happens…and when it happens, your child and your life are turned upside down. One day, your son or daughter seems like every other child; the next, you notice a change. Sometimes the change starts subtly–their behavior isn’t what it normally is or responses are just out of sync and odd; or it may come on like a tornado, suddenly, and without warning.
You weep for child. You weep for yourself. You feel so alone. Your child isn’t the same little person they were yesterday.
Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a multiplex of developmental disabilities. The latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 1 in 50 U.S. children now have autism. Autism now affects tens of millions worldwide, about 1 percent of the population, and appears to be increasing 10 to 17 percent annually. This means that you are likely know–or know of–a child and family struggling with the issues that come along when autism is part of the family.
One of those people is Pamela Bryson-Weaver. Two of her three children have special needs: John, her youngest son, has autism and Joshua, her eldest son, has Tourette’s and ADHD. As a mother of an autistic child, she set out to learn as much as she could about this condition. That moved her from just a mom trying to help her son to becoming a parent advocate and a go-to mom on autism. Her sage advice, wisdom, knowledge, and expertise as an advocate for autism, speaker on autism, head of non-profits, and now an author on autism, led her to want to share her knowledge and understanding of autism and its affect on families.
As part of her ongoing efforts to help, she offers Living autism day.by.day: Daily Reflections & Strategies to Give You Hope and Courage. Freedom Abound Press published this book for the express purpose of supporting parents and caregivers dealing with autism spectrum disorders day in and day out.
Readers will learn…
* what is available in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders for
services and professionals
* what things mean as they as assaulted with a new vocabulary
within the world of autism.
* what types of feelings, emotions and issues you will deal with on a
personal level as a parent or caregiver
With her gift of story-telling and daily thought-provoking reflections, deep sense of compassion, and rich sense of understanding, Bryson-Weaver takes readers on a year-long journey. Set up to read one page in just a few minutes each day, the book’s words of hope, its insightful story, along with gentle and kind advice come from someone who isn’t a doctor or therapist, but who is just like you. As parent who is still living through the same fears, Bryson-Weaver understands what you are going through because she’s going or has gone through it, too. Her “Daily Reflections” and insights are just what you, your heart, your child and family need. Living autism day.by.day is a great resource for parents, caregivers, family and friends.
Bryson-Weaver’s book offers compassionate, concise daily readings on autism awareness, self-awareness, practical advice, humor, anecdotes, paradoxes, tips, inspiring quotes, and a way to discover the blessings of autism. The reader is given researched facts and additional resources to follow up on any information they choose to focus on. From a parent’s perspective, Living autism day.by.day is an indispensable reference on the things you need to know about autism, and is a resource you can turn to again and again.
Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-known expert and resource for ASDs and the author of number books including The Autistic Brain, comments: “Living autism day.by.day will help parents to persevere and meet the challenges of raising a child with severe autism.” As a professor, inventor, best-selling author and rock star in the seemingly divergent fields of animal science and autism education, she knows what she is talking about. Grandin was also the subject of an award-winning 2010 biographical film, and was listed in the Time magazine list of the one hundred most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category.
– Pamela Bryson-Weaver, R.D.H., is an autism parent advocate and the author of Living autism day.by.day: Daily Reflections and Strategies to Give You Hope and Courage. Her sage advice, wisdom, knowledge, and expertise come from many areas of experience over the last 16 years. Two of her three children have special needs: John, her youngest son (now 16), has autism and Joshua has Tourette’s syndrome and ADHD. She also grew up with a younger sister who has Down’s syndrome.