"What I Wish I'd Known About Raising a Child with Autism" by B. Sheahan and K. DeOrnellas : A Book Review

…it dawned on me that this was a microcosm of parenting her. Everything that we do with our children is complicated by the labyrinth that we must navigate simply to reach them. Some days, they are just gonna have wet hair. Other days, they’ll conk their heads on the floor and we are powerless to stop them. Sometimes, we just have to laugh with them as we brush their noses instead of their hair. It doesn’t have to make sense to us.” (Page 131, “What I wish I’d Know About Raising a Child with Autism”)

What I Wish I'd Known About Raising a Child with AutismBeyond the books of therapies and advice, books full just of fun or just of sadness, where does a parent of a newly diagnosed child look for ‘real’ insight of what may lay ahead? For that matter, where does a ‘seasoned’ parent go for a reading of connection? What books have personality, insight and writing that is fun and far-reaching simultaneously?

What I wish I’d Known About Raising A Child with Autism” by Bobbi Sheahan, parent, and Kathy DeOrnellas, Ph.D. is one of those books that you instantly feel at home with…like sitting in your most comfortable chair rambling with a friend about the life and times of being the parent of a child with autism.

Every time I pick the book up again, I am instantly glad that I’ve done so, and with titles like “Daddy’s Chin”, “This Ain’t Working the Way it’s Supposed to Work” and awkward questions from siblings like “Does Grace Not Have To Do This Chore Because of Autism”… I can’t help but feel like I need to pass this book to every special needs parent I know.

Having teamed up to follow experiences with insight, Bobbi Sheahan and Kathy DeOrnellas have done our community a great service by writing this book…

About The Authors
Bobbi Sheahan, mother of a child with autism,a nd psychologist Kathy DeOrnellas, Ph.D., did not write this book to lecture you on how to parent your child. Instead they offer themselves as your scouts inthe field, who have valuable information to share – from the moment you realize your kid is different (My, what a quiet baby I have!”), to the self-righteous moms on the playground, to holding your marriage together in the realm of routines.

Throughout the book Bobbi’s heartwarmingly humorous “What I Wish I’d Known” sections offer sincere parent-to-parent advice. Shaded sections by Dr. DeOrnalles provide additional information based on her rich professional experience and research, supported with lists of references.

You can purchase “What I wish I’d Known About Raising A Child with Autism” by Bobbi Sheahan, parent, and Kathy DeOrnellas, Ph.D. at Future Horizons.

Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate. You can reach Gina through various Special Happens connections on Facebook and Twitter, or email her directly.
Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin

2 Responses to "What I Wish I'd Known About Raising a Child with Autism" by B. Sheahan and K. DeOrnellas : A Book Review

  1. I wholeheartedly concur! I have become a huge “Bobbi” fan since have her as a Wednesday’s Woman, and then had to read her book right away. This book is fabulastic!

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