Coach Yourself Through the Autism Spectrum
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Coach Yourself Through the Autism Spectrum

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Parenting a child with autism can be isolating, draining, and stressful. Parenting a neurotypical child alongside them is even more complicated and confusing.

Coach Yourself through the Autism Spectrum offers an opportunity to access your inner creativity, resourcefulness, strengths, and abilities in order to create positive change in your family. Short sections on common problems such as visits to the doctor, community outings, bullying and child care make this book easy to read from start to finish, or dip into as needed. There are tips for taking care of your own physical and emotional health, and each section features relevant examples from other families in the same situation, and practical and thought-provoking coaching exercises to help you decide on an action plan that's right for you.

This book offers hope and support for anyone parenting or caring for a child on the autism spectrum.

Ruth Knott Schroeder M.A., ACC is a Coach for Living certified with the International Coach Federation and a professional counselor working in private practice with individuals and families—many of whom have been affected by autism— in Sandy, Oregon. She is also the parent of an 18-year-old son with autism and a 14-year-old neurotypical daughter.
Section I:  Parenting Children with Autism. Chapter 1. Meltdowns. Chapter 2. Outings. Chapter 3. Childcare. Chapter 4. Doctor Visits. Chapter 5. “Invisible” Autism – the Unique Isolation of “High Functioning”. Chapter 6. Parenting Your Child's Strengths (Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chapter 7. Educational Decisions. Chapter 8. Sleeplessness. Chapter 9. Extended Family. Chapter 10. Bullying. Chapter 11. Stuck Spots. Section II: Parenting Neurotypical Siblings. Chapter 12. Asymmetrical Development. Chapter 13. “Autism-Free” Zones. Chapter 14. Parenting Your Child's Strengths (Neurotypical Children) Chapter 15. Fairness. Chapter 16. Message from a Grown Sibling. Positive Outcomes. Section III: Parent-Care and Long-Term Health. Chapter 17. Comparison. Chapter 18. Finding Your Parent-Strengths. Chapter 19. Parent Care. Chapter 20. What Fills your Tank? Chapter 21. “I'm a Dad, What Can I Do?” Chapter 22. Marriage Building. Chapter 23. For Husbands. Chapter 24. Single Parenting. Chapter 25. Laugh a Little. Appendix 1: Note to Grandparents. Appendix 2: Quiz: “How do I Know if I'm Ready for a Coach?” Appendix 3: Checklist for Choosing a Coach. Appendix 4: How Can I Help? [a Brief Coaching Exercise for Friends and Family]. “Autism-ese” Glossary. Index.
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