Anne Carpenter’s April Book Review

TITLE: Ausome Parenting: The Guide to Endless Love, Emotional Support, and Acceptance for Your Autistic Child (Kindle Edition)

AUTHOR: Loveson, Natalie

SUBJECT AREA: Autism-Parenting

PUBLISHER: Israeli ISBN Group Agency, January 31, 2024 (for Paperback Edition)

NUMBER OF PAGES: 142 (for Paperback Edition)

Among the plethora of parenting books purporting to help parents raise a child with autism, it is hard to know just which book would be the most helpful, the most comprehensive, and above all, the most respectful of the child who is going through so much. But Ausome Parenting: The Guide to Endless Love, Emotional Support, and Acceptance for Your Autistic Child, by Natalie Loveson, is one such book.

The book starts with the usual introductory chapters on what autism is and screening a child for ASD, but also covers the many associated health issues that often come along with autism including sleep disturbances, ADHD, anxiety, depression, epilepsy and seizure disorders. A much higher percentage of people with ASD experience a seizure disorder compared to the general population. The author describes these in great detail.

One of the most helpful chapters was the one devoted to screening for autism as it thoroughly describes risk factors such as low birth weight, the age of one or both parents, having siblings with autism, and the child’s gender with males more likely to be autistic because of genetic factors. I was fascinated by the description of the early signs of autism, as they aren’t always described in other books such as the child rarely or is not smiling at all, not sharing joy, difficulty with following objects with one’s eyes and not always being “present” in a certain situation, seeming to be “tuned out.” Each of these and many more are described in detail and the author takes a neutral position on these without going into all of the negativity that might otherwise be emphasized by some professionals.

In addition, Loveson gives helpful advice to parents who suspect that their child may be autistic and how to navigate the diagnostic process including writing down one’s observations of the child and what to do on the day of the appointment. Subsequent chapters cover early challenges an autistic child face such as difficult family dynamics, jealousy by siblings, and mismanaged daily routines. Children with autism need consistency in order to feel comfortable; strategies for nurturing growth, including fostering resilience, unlocking the child’s strengths, working with the school, ways to ensure the parent’s well-being, family dynamics and preparing the child for the future as an adult with autism. I was happy to see that the author did not promote any one treatment or approach and that she treated people with ASD, including her son, with the utmost respect and dignity. I was also delighted by the illustrations in each chapter that are in soft colors and are both attractive and soothing. This is one of the best books on parenting children with ASD I have ever read, and it must be in every school and library in the land!!

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