The book did discuss some of these ideas, and also went beyond what I had expected. The book is written by a medical doctor who is also the mother of a child with autism. As a teacher, it was interesting to read about autism from a different perspective than I usually do.
The first chapters of the book contain a lot of information about various medical and biomedical treatments. Not being a doctor, I’m not sure if or what the difference is between “medical” and “biomedical.” Being a teacher, I am not qualified to comment on the various medical treatments that she describes. I refer you to the Association for Science in Autism Treatment for information about which treatments have research support behind them.
What I did like about the chapters on medical issues and treatments is her individualized approach. She rightfully advises people to be wary of anyone selling a “one-size-fits-all” approach or a “cure” for autism. Her family has tried many medical and biomedical treatments, so if you are looking for some pretty objective information about them, this book might be for you.
My favorite thing about this book is its loving and compassionate approach to behaviors of children with autism, particularly problem behaviors. I feel like she really tries to see things from the perspective of the child with autism. To me, this is a fantastic approach to take for either teaching or parenting these children. Perspective is so important when working with kids with autism, and I think this book provides lots of helpful ideas for increasing our understanding and effectiveness as educators and parents.
The book is published by Hay House, so if you enjoy the overall philosophy of this publisher, I’m sure you’ll also enjoy reading this book.
As a couple of extra resources, I’d like to suggest visiting the 21 Day Positivity Challenge on the author’s website, as well as following her page on Facebook. I can’t possibly love these any more than I do!