RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS:
Strategies for Maximizing Their Strengths, Coping with Adversity, and Developing a Social Mindset
Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Sam Goldstein
From the authors of the bestselling Raising Resilient Children comes a powerful, prescriptive book using positive psychology to help children with any of the autism spectrum disorders
“While the genetic basis of ASD cannot be minimized, one must never underestimate the influence of parents in determining the outcome of a child’s life with ASD. The takeaway message is that genetics or biology is not destiny. The role of parents in raising children with ASD and the family life they create can and does make a powerful difference in the expression of this condition throughout childhood and likely into adulthood.” —Brooks and Goldstein
What do we know about Autism Spectrum Disorder? What have we yet to learn?
An average of 1 in 113 children in the United States are estimated to have an autism spectrum condition. In the past, their Raising Resilient Children series has helped multitudes of families everywhere approach hard-to-discuss issues. Now, Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Sam Goldstein focus on autism spectrum with their new book, Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Maximizing Their Strengths, Coping with Adversity, and Developing a Social Mindset (McGraw-Hill Professional; January, 2012; PB, $18.00), which offers parents guideposts and takeaways they need to children who have been diagnosed to develop social skills.
Eminent psychologists Brooks and Goldstein turn theory into practice and think critically on what we know, do not know, and what we can learn about autism. Brooks and Goldstein discuss strategies to nurture a “social resilient mindset” in your child that includes a description of how to:
- · Empower your child to problem-solve on his or her own;
- · Reinforce your child’s social and communication skills to enhance friendships;
- · Teach your child to learn from mistakes rather than feel defeated by them;
- · Cultivate and foster your child’s creativity and growth in the face of adversity;
- · Discipline your child while instilling self-worth;
Through their groundbreaking research, they teach the importance of resilience to parents, making it palatable, practical, and effective for the long term, rather than short-term fixes. Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders will guide parents in developing the strategies and mindset necessary to help children with autism spectrum disorders to develop strength, hope, and optimism.
Featuring dozens of stories and an easy-to-follow, prescriptive narrative, Brooks and Goldstein demonstrate how to apply techniques to foster resilience to every parenting practice when raising children with autism spectrum disorders, preparing them for the challenges of today’s complicated, ever-changing world and helping them develop essential social skills.
The authors can discuss:
- · Specific, practical strategies for nurturing social skills and resilience in children with autism spectrum disorders;
- · Common misconceptions and perceptions of children with autism spectrum disorders;
- · Challenges (day-to-day and long-term) that children with autism and their parents face and strategies to manage these challenges;
- · The significance of autism’s prevalence and the growing statistics, as well as the misdiagnoses and over-diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and the repercussions;
- · Resilience and how it plays a positive role in raising children with autism spectrum disorders;.
Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders will not only reach parents everywhere who have children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, but anyone seeking to change perceptions of it and who desire to help better the education of children who have been diagnosed: It will provide support to those who are seeking it.
About the Authors: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D, is an assistant clinical instructor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and on staff at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. He is the clinical director of the Neurology Learning and Behavior Center where he conducts evaluations and consultations as well as providing treatment services to hundreds of children with ASD each year. He currently serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Attention Disorders and sits on the editorial boards of six peer reviewed journals. He has authored or co-authored thirty-six books. Robert Brooks, Ph.D. has lectured nationally and internationally to tens of thousands of parents, educators, mental health and business professionals on topics pertaining to motivation, resilience, self-worth, family relationships and balancing our personal and professional lives. He is a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has served as director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital. He has also served as a consultant for Sesame Street Parents' Magazine and on the Professional Advisory Boards of a number of organizations devoted to helping children and adults with learning and behavioral challenges. He has authored or co-authored 15 books.
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