Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum: A Kid's Guide to Living With, Learning From, and Loving a Parent With Autism Spectrum Disorder - Mom's Choice Awards Recipient

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NAPPA Award Winner! Mom's Choice Award Winner! Does your NT child understand his/her autistic parent? A parent with ASD can provide his or her children deep love and support, along with a perspective on the world that is wonderfully unique. At the same time, the emotional and physical demands of parenting can be taxing for someone with autism. For example, while a parent with ASD craves order, reason, and predictability, the experience of parenthood is inherently chaotic. Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum: A Kid's Guide to Living With, Learning From, and Loving a Parent With Autism Spectrum Disorder, tackles a topic that has received little attention: the relationship between a neurotypical child and a parent on the spectrum. This illustrated children's book provides a conversational starting point for families with a parent on the autism spectrum. While narrated from the perspective of a boy whose father has ASD and a mother who does not, his thoughts and questions apply equally to other variations of this family structure. This book fills a critical gap in resources for children and families with parents on the autism spectrum. It takes children's feelings of love, confusion, and worry seriously and promotes mutual respect, affection, and accountability among family members. Overall, this title reflects the importance of every family member's commitment to growing together.

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Elizabeth Marks, MA, museum exhibition curator and graphic designer, grew up with a passion for the arts and humanities and perused these interests through college, graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University, with a BA in English. During graduate school, Marks developed an interest in people, their creations, and their stories and has since made a career out of exploring human experiences and stories through the development of museum exhibitions. About six years ago, when faced with a spouse on the autism spectrum, a child in need of an explanation, a family in need of dialog, and no readily available resource on the topic, she decided to do what was familiar to her create a story. Personal experience, traditional research, consultation with other families, and the writing process itself all contributed to her understanding of ASD and family dynamics.

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As a parent of a child with high functioning autism, family member to others with ASD and a social worker, I found Growing Together to be a pioneering work. It is truly the first of its kind, not only for families with a parent who has autism but for readers of all ages and degrees of understanding about ASD. Written with such warmth and candor and a sense of humor to boot the book employs a gentle, non-threatening, interactive style to facilitate growth of the reader s personal insight. It also fosters a sense of compassion and empathy for each person involved in the family dynamic. I love that the book dwells at least as much on the positive aspects of ASD as it does on its challenges, leaving the reader filled with hope for their family s future and with acceptance of themselves and their loved one with ASD. This is an exciting new resource that will educate and enrich the special needs community and will enliven the hearts of friends and family alike. --Amy Coughlin Maloney, BA, QDDP, social worker

A wonderful message of acceptance, Elizabeth Marks has written a thoughtful introduction to the fascinating world of having a parent with ASD. Her charming illustrations and gentle look at the strengths and challenges of being a parent with ASD will help to give children an honest understanding of their experiences. Marks celebrates the diversity of relationships that children can have with their parents while emphasizing that they are loved. A must have for every family, therapist and teacher! --Sherry A. Moyer, MSW, Executive Director, Keystone Autism Services, Pennsylvania

The family life of the child with a parent who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a confusing and even frightening one. There are books to help parents understand their ASD children but none written specifically for children with ASD parents...until now. Here is a wonderful, deeply personal book by Elizabeth Marks. Inspired by her own struggles, discoveries and experiences, Ms. Marks has written an eminently accessible book for children with a parent on the spectrum. Using pictures, words and provocative, child-oriented questions to inspire further thought, Growing Together will help demystify ASD with language the average Fourth Grader can understand. Ms. Marks realistically, and with gentleness and empathy, describes both the talents and the travails of an ASD parent, and most importantly offers positive suggestions for parent-child growth and mutual bonding. Growing Together lovingly fills a void that has existed for far too long. --Steve K. D. Eichel, Ph.D., ABPP, Past-President, American Academy of Counseling Psychology

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