Uniquely Human: Chapter 12

Chapter 12: The Big Questions “Instead of focusing on vague and imprecise labels, it’s better to focus on the child’s relative strengths and challenges and to identify the most beneficial supports” (221).   “In my experience, the best thing parents and educators can do for a child with autism is to get the child out […]

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Uniquely Human: Chapter 11

Chapter 11: Energize the Spirit “There is no one professional or clinic, no magical place, no treatment approach offering all the answers and the plan to render a child “normal” so that families can put autism behind them and move on with their lives” (209).   “[P]arents want what’s best for their children. But when […]

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Uniquely Human: Chapter 10

Chapter 10: The Long View “I hope reading how they have progressed, faced challenges, thrived, and found perspective and love will provide valuable lessons for your own journey” (187).   “While the criticism stung, she found support from a handful of other parents of children with autism, who not only understood her plight but encouraged […]

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Uniquely Human: Chapter 9

Chapter 9: The Real Experts “[P]eople with autism have intact minds and strong opinions, and some have tremendous insight into their own experiences” (173). “[She] is also clear about how parents and professionals can best help in those situations when a person with autism is panicked or anxious. “Don’t put your hands all over me, […]

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Uniquely Human: Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Listen “In their attempts to make children appear more “normal,” these “experts” were plainly ignoring what were clearly legitimate attempts at communication, and–worse–they were disrupting the child’s process of learning to communicate and connect with the world” (40). Their and experts refer to individuals that have studied ASD and/or have worked with individuals […]

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