Autism, the Invisible Cord: A Sibling's Diary

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'Ezra looks like any other sixth grader with faded jeans, turned around cap and a mess of chestnut curls. You see, my brother is like any other eleven-year-old except when he isn't.'

Autism, The Invisible Cord follows 14-year-old Jenny as she describes her day-to-day life with her younger autistic brother, Ezra. Ezra can be both her best friend as well as her biggest obstacle to living a normal life, and Jenny often finds herself stuck worrying about her younger brother. Through taking care of Ezra and a very special school project, Jenny ends up learning about her own character and strengths, and a way to shine despite everything else.

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Barbara Cain, MSW, is a clinical supervisor at the University of Michigan's Psychological Clinic. Cain is also the author of several children's books on divorce, ambivalence, shyness, and diverse family structures, including two Magination Press books: Double Dip Feelings: Stories to Help Children Understand Emotions and I Don't Know Why I Guess I'm Shy. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and Teen magazine. She also conducts a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Let me commend [Barbara Cain] on writing such an accurate portrayal of living with an autistic sibling I felt like I was Jenny! The parts where Ezra runs away, throws a temper-tantrum in a restaurant, Jenny's parents fight constantly, only one parent was able to go to Jenny's events...were all very good. --Anna Damiani, older sister of a boy with autism

With an exquisite ear for language and heartfelt empathy, Barbara Cain has captured the psychological essence of an adolescent sibling`s experience with autism. Offering a perspective not previously seen in the literature, this engaging narrative will not only be useful for professionals who work with families impacted by autism, it will have great popular appeal for both general and young adult audiences. --Jane Giddan, MA, CCC-SLP, Professor Emerita, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toledo Health Sciences Center; Creator of Autismnet.net; 1996 Professor of the Year, Autism Society of Northwest Ohio

With so much focus on the scientific mysteries surrounding autism spectrum disorders (ASD), it is possible to lose sight of the struggles faced by families of individuals with ASD on a daily basis. Cain brings these experiences to life and reminds us that for many families, the mysteries of the disorder are far less academic. Questions about how and when to discipline, handling inter-generational conflict with grandparents, and dealing with the complexities of raising a typically developing child alongside a child with a disability, are just some of the issues these parents confront everyday. More importantly, Cain reminds us that the experience of living with a child with ASD is not limited to parents; siblings are at the forefront of each challenge and every triumph, and they are profoundly affected as a result. --Somer Bishop, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

"Barbara Cain has written a beautiful and realistic story about what it feels like growing up with a sibling with different abilities. Cain has created an engaging character in Jenny who shares the daily complexities of her life with Ezra the frustration, embarrassment, worry, joy and hurt. Cain writes with great sensitivity and authenticity. I highly recommend this book for kids who have a sibling with autism, and for their parents. " --Children's Books Heal

With so much focus on the scientific mysteries surrounding autism spectrum disorders (ASD), it is possible to lose sight of the struggles faced by families of individuals with ASD on a daily basis. Cain brings these experiences to life and reminds us that for many families, the mysteries of the disorder are far less academic. Questions about how and when to discipline, handling inter-generational conflict with grandparents, and dealing with the complexities of raising a typically developing child alongside a child with a disability, are just some of the issues these parents confront everyday. More importantly, Cain reminds us that the experience of living with a child with ASD is not limited to parents; siblings are at the forefront of each challenge and every triumph, and they are profoundly affected as a result. --Somer Bishop, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

"Barbara Cain has written a beautiful and realistic story about what it feels like growing up with a sibling with different abilities. Cain has created an engaging character in Jenny who shares the daily complexities of her life with Ezra the frustration, embarrassment, worry, joy and hurt. Cain writes with great sensitivity and authenticity. I highly recommend this book for kids who have a sibling with autism, and for their parents. " --Children's Books Heal

With so much focus on the scientific mysteries surrounding autism spectrum disorders (ASD), it is possible to lose sight of the struggles faced by families of individuals with ASD on a daily basis. Cain brings these experiences to life and reminds us that for many families, the mysteries of the disorder are far less academic. Questions about how and when to discipline, handling inter-generational conflict with grandparents, and dealing with the complexities of raising a typically developing child alongside a child with a disability, are just some of the issues these parents confront everyday. More importantly, Cain reminds us that the experience of living with a child with ASD is not limited to parents; siblings are at the forefront of each challenge and every triumph, and they are profoundly affected as a result. --Somer Bishop, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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