Being the grandparent of a child with ASD is a bit like being a pioneer. You have to create your own rules and roles because the standard ones won't be a good fit.
Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) August 03, 2012
AAPC Publishing announces the release of the Grandparent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Making the Most of the Time at Nana's House by Nancy Mucklow.
Faced with the unexpected news of a grandchild's diagnosis of autism, grandparents may initially be paralyzed by worry, confusion and sadness. The term "special needs" can be intimidating, leading to concerns about how to support the family, what to say and what to do with the child.
But Nancy Mucklow's book Grandparent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders encourages grandparents to set aside their concerns and not let their worries keep them from loving their grandchild with ASD. Mucklow notes that "being the grandparent of a child with ASD is a bit like being a pioneer. You have to create your own rules and roles because the standard ones won't be a good fit."
Full of stories, tips and tools, and written in an upbeat, approachable style, Grandparent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders is an invaluable resource on how grandparents can deal with their grandchild's sensory, emotional, social and self-regulation issues. The book also includes helpful information on discipline, communication, participating in school events, giving gifts, developing family traditions and making a way for happiness.
More knowledgeable, grandparents can become a powerful, loving presence in the life of their grandchild with ASD and better equipped to provide care with acceptance, confidence and realistic expectations. Mucklow proves that autism disorders can be accepted, adapted to and even celebrated.
It's important to acknowledge the challenges of being an involved and loving grandparent when the child has an ASD. It's not easy. Typical children fit into Grandma's house instinctively obeying, trying to please, finding their groove. With children with ASD, even a brief visit can leave you mentally and physically exhausted. Typical children give lots of rewards -- through smiles, chatter and shared fun. With children with ASD, those rewards are rare and hard won.
Nobody wants to leave one grandchild out. So, it's important to get a handle on grandparenting the child with ASD. With a little bit of information and a few tips that work, you'll learn to be a vital part of your grandchild's life and enjoy the experience.
About the Author
Nancy Mucklow is a writer, editor, teacher and parent who brings practical, real-world experience with autism spectrum disorders to the grandparent generation. Mucklow's ability to translate complex situations into clear explanations and everyday strategies contributed to the success of her three other books on autism spectrum topics: The Sensory Team Handbook, Comic Sense and More Comic Sense.
About AAPC Publishing
Established in 1999, the mission of AAPC Publishing is to be the first source for practical solutions related to autism spectrum and related disorders. AAPC Publishing is an independent publisher, targeting professionals and parents alike. AAPC Publishing strives to offer publications at affordable prices so that important resources are available to anyone with an interest in the autism spectrum.
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