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Gravity pulls you in : perspectives on parenting children on the autism spectrum

By: Anderson, Kyra.
Contributor(s): Forman, Vicki | Spina, Kristen | et al.
Publisher: Bethesda, MD Woodbine House 2010Description: xiv, 201 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781606130025.Subject(s): CHILDREN | AUTISM | PARENTS | FAMILY EXPERIENCES | PERSONAL NARRATIVES
Contents:
Notes from Autism's Edges Label everything / Anonymous Notes from autism's edges / Mothers Vox Guilt, denial and videotape / Mama Mara Birthdays / Kristen Spina Finally at three / Grey Brown Middle Earth / Drama Mama How to talk to an autistic child / Kimberley K Farrar A child blinks / Janet Kay The real world of autism / Chantal Sicile-Kira Watching my son watch Sleeping Beauty / AnjieKokan Sometimes, never / Susan Segal|String Theory String theory / Emily Willingham Evolution of a fairy / Carolyn Walker Live via satellite : a parenting journey / Mary McLaughlin Flood plain / Bruce Mills The wages of autism / Kristina Chew Proverbs 13:24 / Aileen Murphy No pity / Maggie Kast The stone / Barbara Crooker|The Shoes Will Take Us There As great as trees / Ann douglas Other child, other mother / Cheri Brackett 100 percent / Lesley Quinn Navigating autism / Christine Stephan Driving down the road / Susan T Layug Heart shaped rock / Kyra Anderson You're adopting whom? / Ralph James Savarese Oh, the community / Veronika Hill The mother at the swings / Vicki Forman And the shoes will take us there in spite of the circumference / Bobbi Lurie To persevere / Ralph Savarese The visit / Laura Shumaker Is there anything else we should know? / B E Pinkham The family gangsta / James Wilson|Contributors|Editors
Summary: "Editors Kyra Anderson and Vicki Forman, both parents and writers, have crafted this anthology to encourage a sense of connection among parents and transcend divisive autism politics. In addition to a foreword by John Elder Robison, author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Look Me in the Eye, and a regular contributor to Psychology Today, the creative group of contributors are accomplished writers, and many also hold day jobs as scientists, professors, teachers, actors, advocates, and therapists. Their slice-of-life depictions are a refreshing departure from the usual diagnosis/grief/acceptance arc of many autism accounts, and serve as a reminder that life is lived in the many small, everyday moments." - PUBLISHERS WEBSITESummary: This collection of essays and poems explores and reveals so many aspects of the universe of Autism that it is impossible to detail them all. There are marvellous descriptive passages, delightful reflections and haunting personal accounts. This is one of those books that you can pick up, flip through and find something that will suit any circumstance or situation. In her preface, Kyra Anderson talks about Autism understanding and it’s not being an intellectual exercise. She would rather see it as an everyday practical “matter of learning, asking, growing and stepping out”. Her insight is perfectly reflected in the choice of contributions that make up this book.
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Notes from Autism's Edges
Label everything / Anonymous
Notes from autism's edges / Mothers Vox
Guilt, denial and videotape / Mama Mara
Birthdays / Kristen Spina
Finally at three / Grey Brown
Middle Earth / Drama Mama
How to talk to an autistic child / Kimberley K Farrar
A child blinks / Janet Kay
The real world of autism / Chantal Sicile-Kira
Watching my son watch Sleeping Beauty / AnjieKokan
Sometimes, never / Susan Segal|String Theory
String theory / Emily Willingham
Evolution of a fairy / Carolyn Walker
Live via satellite : a parenting journey / Mary McLaughlin
Flood plain / Bruce Mills
The wages of autism / Kristina Chew
Proverbs 13:24 / Aileen Murphy
No pity / Maggie Kast
The stone / Barbara Crooker|The Shoes Will Take Us There
As great as trees / Ann douglas
Other child, other mother / Cheri Brackett
100 percent / Lesley Quinn
Navigating autism / Christine Stephan
Driving down the road / Susan T Layug
Heart shaped rock / Kyra Anderson
You're adopting whom? / Ralph James Savarese
Oh, the community / Veronika Hill
The mother at the swings / Vicki Forman
And the shoes will take us there in spite of the circumference / Bobbi Lurie
To persevere / Ralph Savarese
The visit / Laura Shumaker
Is there anything else we should know? / B E Pinkham
The family gangsta / James Wilson|Contributors|Editors

"Editors Kyra Anderson and Vicki Forman, both parents and writers, have crafted this anthology to encourage a sense of connection among parents and transcend divisive autism politics. In addition to a foreword by John Elder Robison, author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Look Me in the Eye, and a regular contributor to Psychology Today, the creative group of contributors are accomplished writers, and many also hold day jobs as scientists, professors, teachers, actors, advocates, and therapists. Their slice-of-life depictions are a refreshing departure from the usual diagnosis/grief/acceptance arc of many autism accounts, and serve as a reminder that life is lived in the many small, everyday moments." - PUBLISHERS WEBSITE

This collection of essays and poems explores and reveals so many aspects of the universe of Autism that it is impossible to detail them all. There are marvellous descriptive passages, delightful reflections and haunting personal accounts. This is one of those books that you can pick up, flip through and find something that will suit any circumstance or situation.

In her preface, Kyra Anderson talks about Autism understanding and it’s not being an intellectual exercise. She would rather see it as an everyday practical “matter of learning, asking, growing and stepping out”. Her insight is perfectly reflected in the choice of contributions that make up this book.

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