Puzzled: 100 Pieces of Autism
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By Nilla Childs ©2012.
Finally, a book that captures the confusing, amusing, frustrating and tender experience of loving a person with Asperger's syndrome-both before and after the diagnosis. Nilla and Steve Childs see their first-born child Daniel grow through a puzzling series of labels-from gifted toddler to defiant child, from superior IQ to college drop-out, from fun-loving boy to social misfit.
At a loss to help her depressed 23-year-old son, Nilla persists in developing a "Circle of Friends" to surround Daniel with the supports he needs as a newly-diagnosed young adult on the autism spectrum.
Through well-told, illuminating anecdotes, Puzzled: 100 Pieces of Autism, gets it right-all the ways high-functioning autism disturbs, disrupts and enriches family life; full of rich context absent most autism literature; and the enduring truth that love prevails over disability. Anyone who has ever tried to understand a child, spouse, parent or friend who is puzzlingly different will rejoice in Nilla Childs' charming, hopeful book. (Softcover; 299 pages.)