As a mom raising three children with autism, Stephanie Allen Crist’s memoir, Discovering Autism/Discovering Neurodiversity is a must-read for parents of children with autism. She provides ample tips for parents who are learning about their child’s condition, as well as how-to be an advocate on their behalf. Her memoir is truly inspirational!
Did you know? Individuals with Autism spectrum disorderASD can range from low-functioning to high-functioning.
It’s thought that some of the most brilliant minds, including Albert Einstein, Amadeus Mozart, Bill Gates, and Bob Dylan were on the spectrum.
“I’m a Mom, what’s your superpower?” truly sums up Stephanie Allen Crist and the role she plays in the lives of her three children, who all have diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Crist’s new release Discovering Autism / Discovering Neurodiversity is more than her memoir – it’s a reaffirmation of the importance of parents as advocates for their children with autism. It further celebrates personal empowerment and broadens the general autism awareness campaign we see in today’s media. This book does what few others do; it champions the awareness and acceptance of individuals with autism.
“This book is a memoir of my efforts to identify my children’s special needs and to advocate for their well-being,” says Crist. “There were many challenges I faced due to the societal negative attitude towards people with autism. I literally went from being an unwitting mother to a ready-to-fight advocate.”
According to Stephanie, the biggest challenge they faced was harassment from Child Protective Services (CPS). She explains that, “We discovered the psychologist in-charge of our children’s therapy had been behind the harassment from CPS. Her justification was that ‘no family should be burdened with three children with autism.’ It became a major battle, which I win at a cost.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD. This condition is a development disability that can cause social, communication and behavioral challenges. According to a study in the journal Nature Medicine, “most siblings with a diagnosis of autism do not share the same genetic risk factors for the disorder and are as distinct in their behaviors as any brothers and sisters.” (NY Times, Jan. 26, 2015)
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