Ann Palmer
"She claims no expertise in autism, but she has drawn vast experience from raising her son Eric—all the mistakes, surprises and learning involved. Because autism encompasses such a wide spectrum, she describes Eric’s particular circumstances—his trouble seeing another person’s perspective, his needs for quiet, solitude and order—so that other parents of autistic children can find areas of common ground. The story starts with Eric in grade school, how Palmer found special-needs teachers, worked him into a public school setting, picked classes, accelerated him when he was achieving and found alternatives when he stumbled. She chose her battles with administration and teachers wisely. Once she discerned that Eric wanted to try college, she thoroughly addressed questions of self-awareness, disclosure forms, Eric’s capacities for self-help, orientation, time management and exploiting resources. There’s plenty of practical information in these pages, particularly about the college classroom environment: sitting in the front, taping lectures, tutorials and study groups, informed advisors, keeping in touch but avoiding suffocation. And she does this by being tuned in to Eric, with no formula other than caring when confronting each new hand."

Kirkus Reports

"PSYCH Owing to vast improvements in therapies and diagnosis, high schoolers with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) have the option of going on to college. As a case in point, Palmer shares the story of her son, Eric, who was diagnosed with ASD at age three and after many years of therapy attended college. Interweaving personal experiences like preparaing Eric for college with general information and resources results in excellent guidance for ASD students in high school or college and their parents. Of particular note are the chapters on support strategies (accommodations that can be made for the students), self-awareness/self-disclosure, and links for resources on disabilities on campus. Palmer has worked with professionals at the acclaimed Treatment and Education of Autistic and Other Communications Handicapped Children and Adults Program in North Carolina; her book makes an excellent complement to Judith Cohen's Succeeding with Autism: Hear My Voice. Strongly recommended for all academic and public libraries with ASD or education collections." – Corey Seeman, Univ. of Toledo Libs.

Library Journal

"This is a very comprehensive guide to college preparation, selection and success. The real-life, personal accounts of Ann Palmer and her son concerning his own path toward and through college life are a key and unique component to this work. I would buy this book if only for the excellent appendices! Our international organization will use this book as a reference for years to come."

Susan J. Moreno
President, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome

"There are limited resources about this topic, and virtually none from a parent’s perspective. I became one of the many TEACCH therapists in the autism community who referred parents to Ann Palmer when their high school children with ASD were considering college. I was thrilled when she told me of her idea of writing a book, and have now eagerly devoured every page. Her well-organized, practical ideas fill the pages in a “user-friendly” manner, a perfect blend of personal insights and suggestions.

Realizing The College Dream With Autism or Aspergers Syndrome feels like a kind and experienced friend willing to sit down and share her and her son's fears, doubts, and successes ….providing help for other moms and dads and kids as they embark for the unknown territory called college."

Catherine Faherty
TEACCH teacher
Psychoeducational Specialist
Author of "Aspergers…What Does It Mean To Me?"

‘Pour a cup of tea, relax in a comfortable chair and prepare to meet two new friends. Maureen Morrell and Ann Palmer use a conversational style in Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum that feels like they’re talking directly to the reader…and they have much to share from 20 years raising children on the opposite ends of the autism spectrum. Tucked in-between personal stories are the lessons learned, which they cleverly number and summarize at the end of each chapter so this valuable information isn’t lost. “Our stories and lessons are meant to be a companion on the journey, making it a bit easier and a little less lonely”. While the territory covered in Parenting Across the Autism Spectrum may be familiar, the authors’ unique perspectives are refreshing and empowering.’

Autism Asperger’s Digest Magazine, May-June 2007

“Personal, useful counsel for parents with autistic children from two mothers with first-hand experience. The authors frame the book with the story of living with their autistic sons. They explain the many similarities between Justin and Eric, as well as their many differences, which represent opposite sides of the autism spectrum. Chapters cover the rebuilding of a life after diagnosis, which often has to do with balance: advocating for your child while caring for yourself, learning acceptance while searching for a sense of meaning through intimate engagement with the child. Become a smart investigator within the world of autism information, say the authors, a field that has exploded over the past few years, and familiarize yourself with the various therapies, research studies and possible cures. Patience and love hover over the proceedings as the reader will come to understand "there is no one right way to help your child with autism. You and your child will find your own way. As forthright and enabling as Dr. Spock.”

Kirkus Reviews

“With heavy dosages of courage and a fearless look into how autism has affected their lives, Ann and Maureen provide, in harmony and counterpoint, a model of how families can live with and help children with autism reach their potential to lead fulfilling and productive lives in what ultimately becomes a supportive environment for all.”

Stephen Shore
Author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome and Board member of the Autism Society of America

“Written by two autism professionals who are also parents of autistic adults, this book provides an excellent view into the lives of parents raising ASD children. While both of the authors’ children are autistic, they are on different ends of the autism spectrum. At the same time, however, many of the experiences they faced are similar. The authors write about balancing family life, advocating for their child, and dealing with schools and the public, among other issues. Strongly recommended for public and academic libraries with ASD collections.”

Library Journal

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