Autism: How to raise a happy autistic child

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‘A wise SatNav for what is often a bewildering, or even scary, zone of parenting. The book offers real-world, road-tested, child-first and family-friendly advice; while also highlighting the twin truths that autism is not a tragedy, and that adaptation and acceptance are not resignation’ David Mitchell, bestselling author and co-translator of The Reason I Jump

‘A must-read for anyone with an autistic child in their life’ Laura James, author of Odd Girl Out

The definitive guide for parents of autisic children, written from the perspective of neurodiversity.

Written by Jessie Hewitson, an award-winning journalist at The Times, Autism is the book she wishes she had read when her son was first given the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

It combines her own experiences with tips from autistic adults, other parents – including author David Mitchell – as well as advice from autism professionals and academics such as Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. Autism looks at the condition as a difference rather than a disorder and includes guidance on:

· What to do if you think your child is autistic
· How to understand and support your child at school and at home
· Mental health and autism
· The differences between autistic girls and boys

‘Jessie Hewitson has really hit the mark with this book, giving our history, our diversity, our challenges and our hopes. Autistic people and their families are finally represented’ Carrie Grant

‘Exceptionally useful and informative’ Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, UCL

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