Just in time for National Autism Month
One of the great advantages of being a book author is that you have control over your working hours which, for me, means that when my kids are on vacation, I’M on vacation. I’ll have decades of writing time to myself once the kids are out of the house, but free time with them is limited and I’m not going to miss out on it. Which is why I haven’t posted anything for over two weeks. My apologies. No regrets, though. It was our best vacation ever.
But now that I’m back home and they’re back in school, it’s time to get serious about work again. So: hello everybody!
(All together now:
When I left for vacation, it was March, which wasn’t remarkable, but I returned in April which is National Autism Month. As you all must know by now, when I’m not writing lighthearted women’s fiction, I’m co-authoring books about autism. The second collaboration between Dr. Lynn Koegel (of the Koegel Autism Center at UCSB) and me came out last month and, in honor of National Autism Month, I’m going to give a copy away.
The book is Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger’s (I think that’s the title, anyway: I have a habit of getting it slightly wrong, but, in my defense, the subtitle is pretty long). It’s sort of a sequel to the first book Dr. Koegel and I wrote, Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life (had to look that one up).
In both books, we offer advice to parents based on Dr. Koegel’s Pivotal Response Training approach to Applied Behavioral Analysis interventions for kids with autism. Which is all a fancy way of saying that years of scientific research have led Dr. Koegel and her husband Dr. Robert Koegel to finding the BEST behavioral approach to improving the symptoms of autism while enjoying and appreciating what’s wonderful and unique about our kids.
Overcoming Autism is largely aimed at parents of young children. Growing Up on the Spectrum is for parents of older kids–teenagers and young adults. There hasn’t been a lot of information out there for that age group so we felt we were charting new territory. As we put it in our book, the question for us parents of older kids on the spectrum switches from “How do we teach our kids to do this or that?” to “How do we teach our kids not to need us to teach them anymore?”
I’m very proud to say that my son, whom I wrote about extensively in the first book, contributed his own personal essays and illustrations to this new one.
So it’s a special book and one that’s very near and dear to my heart and one that I hope will offer support and guidance to a lot of parents embarking on this new stage of life.
If you’re interested in receiving a free copy of Growing Up on the Spectrum, GO TO MY OTHER BLOG, bookstorepeople, and write a comment in response to this same post which I’ll put up there. Please let me know who the book will be for–yourself or a relative or a friend–and post your comment before next Friday, the 25th of April. I’ll use one of those random-picking-generator-application-thingies to pick a winner and will mail a signed copy of the book out to him or her.
Please leave only one comment UNLESS you’re willing to tweet about the giveaway on twitter, in which case you can add a second comment letting us know you’ve done so. And if you are on twitter, follow me–I’m writemenow.
Good luck. I hope you win the book. Yes, I’m talking to YOU.