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Title:
The dark side of autism : struggling to find peace and understanding when life's not full of rainbows, unicorns and blessings
Author:
Berg-Dallara, Angela.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morgan James Publishing, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
x, 183 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781630470807

9781630470821
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Book

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Summary

"Ah Jeeeze, not another book about Autism." But this one is different! It's not all rainbows, unicorns and blessings. The Dark Side of Autism puts raising a child with special needs into perspective with no sugar coating of the reality. nbsp;
With firsthand experience raising a nonverbal child with autism and epilepsy, Angela talks openly and honestly about the true challenges parents face raising a child on the spectrum. With contentious opinions and candid observations, The Dark Side of Autism tells the truth about a dark and difficult subject people don't like to talk about while fostering awareness for this sometimes debilitating and mostly unknown neurological disorder.
This offhanded, direct and vulnerable parenting chronicle will give you a new appreciation for the simple things taken for granted with neuro-typical kids like taking a trip to Disneyland, a full night's sleep and haircuts. Angela often says things people only think to themselves in fear of offending someone.
Autism has a dark side---it's learning to cope with the darkness that can lift you up. If you are a parent with a child with special needs this book may read your mind. Angela is spot on with her darkly funny observations in the world of special needs---from the taunting beeping of a short bus to mastering IEPs with a reoccurring "don't ask, don't tell" theme.
If you know someone, and chances are you do, caring for a child with special needs, you will gain new insight on what it must be like for them. This book can be easily used as a guide to the stupid things NOT to say to a parent with a mentally or physically challenged child---without checking your "foot in the mouth meter" first. The Dark Side of Autism can help you be a kinder, more compassionate friend, parent, spouse and human.


Author Notes

Angela Berg-Dallara is a mother, autism advocate and writer. With first-hand experience parenting a child with special needs, she tells her story of love and loss with a wit and compassion. She is the mother of two boys; her youngest is nonverbal with autism and epilepsy. Her writing has resonated with parents of special needs and typical children from around the world.