A Different Kind of Kin: For Relatives of Persons with Autism

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9780979510601: A Different Kind of Kin: For Relatives of Persons with Autism

This is not a cotton candy story. It is from the perspective of a sibling who grew up in the fifties with a sister who had autism. Even less was known about the disorder than is understood today. Much has been learned in the last forty years. I have struggled with many issues loss, guilt, anger, resentment, embarrassment facing people today. I know how my life turned out. My experiences have something to say to others.

In 1958, one in ten thousand was diagnosed with autism. One in 150 of those born today will be diagnosed with some form of autism, a developmental disability. That makes this a timely topic. Much information about autism is available today. Personal stories from the viewpoint of a sibling are rare.

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Annette Wood's most basic qualification for writing A Different Kind of Kin is growing up as the sister of a person with autism. She is a former teacher of students with learning disabilities. She has a BS from Phillips University in English education and an MS in learning disabilities from Emporia State. She is a member of the Autism Society of Kansas. She has researched autism extensively. The manuscript includes many resources; books, magazine articles and web sites.

Annette has had more than 400 articles published in over forty publications. She belongs to River City Writers, Wichita Professional Communicators and Kansas Authors Club.

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Annette Wood, the writer, paints a nostalgic picture with words of growing up in rural Kansas before communication and educational services were available in most communities. Ann, the big sister of an unpredictable younger sister with autism, describes the beauty and pain known to family members and the professionals who support children like Jan. This poignant book comes from a sister s heart and crushes yours an insightful and sensitive story worth sharing.

Kathy Strattman, Ph.D. Speech Language Pathologist and Associate Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Wichita State University --Kathy Strattman, Ph.D.

I just could not get enough of these stories. It s like you knew things that I experienced with my brother. Things that people with normal families do not understand. You made me feel glad to have been a part of a special needs family.

Ceara Thierry, sister of handicapped brother --Ceara Thierry

"A Different Kind of Kin" is a book long awaited by many siblings who have been affected by autism. It helps to know that families have dealt with autism for decades now. It shows that there is hope and there are many changes today compared to growing up in the fifties. The challenges remain the same, but are different as far as the school settings. My son Clint, sixteen, has autism. His older sister, eighteen, has weathered her challenges as the only sibling of her brother. This book will help many siblings be able to cope, laugh, and share with others and gain strength from the stories. I highly recommend this book, as it can apply to anyone who knows someone with autism. Verla Pope - mom to autistic son --Verla Pope

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