I just finished reading about halfway through the book
We’ve often wondered if our oldest is somewhere on that spectrum
but that aside
as I read this book
I realized that there is great advice in here
not just for parents of Aspergers/Autism Spectrum kids
but for all parents.
If we can figure out what makes our kids tick(some days I feel like I’m close….other days I feel like I’m lost in a spiral of trying to” figure out”)
We can then adjust our responses and reactions to the behaviors in our children.
In some ways I found the book annoying….like….gee….how am I going to come up with those catchy phrases in the middle of dealing with a disagreeable child
but I think its about mental practice
thinking to yourself….”this is what I”ll do the next time this situation pops up”
Her “key tips for interpreting your child’s behavior is not just for “spectrum” kids/teens but really all of us(parents/caregivers)
-Consider the context
-Acknowledge developmental delays
-Acknowledge and recognize strengths
-Check your assumptions
-Apologize when you overreact
-Manage your own emotions
more about Brenda Dater the author
If you are a parent consider reading this book! nah…don’t just consider it….do it….it’s an easy read…take from it what you need….you won’t be disappointed!