Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Review: Step Ahead of Autism

If at any time you needed a clear, concise approach on how to help your autistic child, this book is the place to begin. The author Anne Moore Burnett is herself the parent of an autistic youngman named Joey. Her son went from being diagnosed at the severe end of the spectrum at age two, to a successful college student. I personally found her approach very interesting and enlightening. As a parent who has also taken her children from Pdd-Nos to a successful college career, I found Anne's ability to be able to outline, in manageable concepts, everything that had happened in my own world over the last two decades, to be rather  refreshing.

She organizes everything you need to be prepared to do. Every chapter is short and to the point. There is no beating around the bush. There is no real hand-holding. This is a book about becoming the best YOU can be, in order to ensure that your CHILD becomes the best that they can be.

Anne has created a ten step program for helping you help your child flourish:

Trust
Observe
Accept
Adapt                                                               
Ascertain
Advocate
Attitude
Authority
Delegate
Aspire

In her book she discusses each step. Tells you what you need to do in order to accomplish each goal. Then she gives you homework. Nope not kidding. There are exercises at the end of each chaper for you to read, mull over, and explore, which helps you process what she has taught you. There is no getting around it. Practice makes perfect, or as perfect as you can be in any given situation.

No, she does not do it for you, but what she does is point you in the right direction. Additionally, her tips are interesting, well thought out devices gleaned from decades of personal experience. She is that motivational coach who gives you that kick in the pants you may need, while at the same time, she is able to empathize with and understand the reality of your world.

In all honesty noone can accomplish the day-to-day tasks for you. The hard work truly is still up to you and you alone. However, Anne Burnett has devised a system, what I would call, an autism-warrior-parents' own version of an executive functioning skill.  These attributes will enable those who employ her system, to garner a better handle on the present and give you an idea on how to create a future for your child.

You can read more about Anne and her son at her website Alleviate Autism. You can purchase the book from her website or Here from amazon. Anne is also an autism advocate and offers seminars and support training for parents of autistic children as well.


Until next time,


Elise