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Book review: Autism and the Family: Understanding and Supporting Parents and Siblings

Course director for learning disability nursing at the University of East Anglia Neil James reviews Autism and the Family: Understanding and Supporting Parents and Siblings.

Autism and the Family: Understanding and Supporting Parents and Siblings

Kate Fiske

WW Norton

£27.50 | 336pp

ISBN: 9780393710557

This book provides a thought provoking perspective of the experiences of families of children with autism spectrum disorder. A big strength is the use of the words and stories of family members themselves to provide support and context to the theory. The book covers a wide range of topics starting from families receiving the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for their child through to growing up into adulthood. 

At the end of each chapter there are ‘take home’ messages which are great reminders of the key points discussed in the chapter. I found this to be an engaging and informative book presented in an accessible and comprehensive way. 

While the setting is based in America there is no reason why the contents and recommendations cannot be translated to apply to the British context. This book would be of interest to families, health and education professionals and anyone who supports families of a child with autism.


Reviewed by Neil James, senior lecturer, course director for learning disability nursing at the University of East Anglia

 

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