Luke Beardon, Regional Development Officer, National Autistic Society
It is always a pleasure to read a book about autism written by a parent of a child with a spectrum disorder. Mike's book was no exception to the rule - indeed, quite the opposite. Mike's style, complimenting the seriousness of the subject matter with humour and personality, allowed for a hugely enjoyable and rewarding read. Mike's knowledge of autism plus his personal experience has given him an excellent basis for the content of the book. His ideas are stimulating, his style accessible, his dedication and humour inspiring. The book is a motivation to me, as a professional, to always question my own practice. Ultimately, the book is a `must read' for parents and professionals alike.
Rosalyn Lord, Parent and Secretary of Action for ASD
Stanton highlights the costs to his family from a 'system' that understands little of ASD. Stanton, rightly, advocates for professionals to allow parents a bigger part in the whole process. Professionals, inexperienced in this specialist area would benefit from reading of the agonies families encounter in such situations. Stanton believed that with a diagnosis a 'support system' would open up - that it didn't, is of no surprise to those who are already involved with ASD. LEA officers would do well to read his suggestions on flexibility within the educational set-up. The issues raised by Stanton must be addressed by the services as a matter of urgency, if those with ASD are not to be discriminated against and have their needs adequately addressed in this age of inclusion.
I'm not one to give away a good story line, but this is a must read for anyone involved in helping, understanding or interested in persons with autism. Nothing gets by the eagle eye of Mike Stanton. Polemic? Sure, a little, but nothing not deservedly so. Useful information for persons with autism, parents and those working in the field ? Every word. This book should be on the shelf of everyone in the autism community and deserves to reach the community-at-large. Get it and get those friends who want to learn more about this great world autism community a copy too. No one could come away disappointed in Learning to Live with High Functioning Autism: A Parent's guide for Professionals by Mike Stanton.