Making Peace with Autism
Senator, Susan. Making Peace with Autism. Trumpeter Books, Boston and London, 2005.
The sub-title of this book is: One Family’s Story of Struggle, Discovery, and Unexpected Gifts. It is all of that, and more. This book chronicles the journey of Susan Senator and her husband, Ned, as they struggle with the reality of their oldest son’s autism. From diagnosis to finding the right school placement, from discussions with professionals to talks with their two younger sons, Senator recounts frankly the vagaries of living with autism day after day, year in and year out.
For families with an autistic loved one this book offers very practical help, a look at reality as colored by autism, and, maybe most importantly, a sense of humor and hope.
For therapists and other professionals who may have clients touched by autism, this book is also practical. It goes through many of the therapies that are recommended for children on the autism spectrum, the role of medication in treatment, and the need to coordinate services. It is also a reminder of what these families are going through daily, and most of all, it is a call to listen to our clients – they are, after all, the experts on their child.