Autism Revolution

22-Jun-2012

Autism Revolution by Dr Martha Herbert is a must-read book for anybody with a child on the autistic spectrum.  It's second title is 'Whole-body strategies for making life all it can be' and that really sums up the book.  It is not about treating autism, but about how to understand what is going on in your child's mind and body and strategies to help them function in the world as it is.  It's about loving your child for who they are, but acknowledging that you need to give them all the help you can if they are going to enjoy their life to the full.  It covers improving diet to make the body more healthy and how this will have a beneficial knock-on effect on brain health.  It also covers a multitude of other therapies to understand and help manage/overcome sensory issues, to connect intellectually with your child, to reduce their stress levels and anxiety, to improve their understanding of the world and more.  However, the most important element for me, is the increased insight it gives you into what your child might be feeling and how they might be experiencing the world around them and this brings sympathy and strengthens your patience with them.  I can't recommend this book highly enough.