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Parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone who cares about a child or teen on the autism spectrum needs this essential roadmap to prepare our youth for being successful adults in today's world. Best-selling author, autism advocate, and animal science professor Dr. Temple Grandin joins psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Debra Moore in spelling out the steps you can take to restore your child's hope and motivation, and what you must avoid. Eight life stories told by people on the autism spectrum, including chapters on subjects such as how to get kids off their computers, how to build on their strengths and get back to caring about their lives, and how to find a path to a successful, meaningful life make this a must-hear audiobook.

©2015 Temple Grandin and Debra Moore (P)2016 Future Horizons

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Disappointing

I think the summary for this book should clearly state that the authors only discuss very high functioning autism and Asperger's. If your kids are anywhere else on the spectrum then there is little you will get from this book. That was incredibly disappointing. I listened to quite a bit of the book hoping they would expand their focus, but that never happened.

It was also a bit difficult to follow as the narrator read the material like one big run-on sentence with few pauses or transitions.

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So helpful

I felt like this was more of a loving push to me, as a parent of a 9-yr old son who is twice exceptional, than anything else. This input has already impacted my parenting decisions. I can't help him to be more autonomous if I don't encourage as much autonomy/responsibility as is appropriate for his age and ability. Thank you so much for publishing this!

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Eyes Wide Open

What a great book for parents with ASD teens. So many things I knew were important but avoided because of backlash. Now I understand the value and necessity to give my son the loving pushes he needs to survive as a young adult. I've bought the book for many of my friends.

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Perfect for Teachers and Parents

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I teach children with Autism and find that conversations with my parents about their child's future is a very difficult conversation to have. I plan on recommending this book to my parents this upcoming school year.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Leigh Ashman?

She is a bit bland. Not the right fit for an audio book like this.

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Robotic Speech

The information in this book is immensely valuable! I'm so grateful to have this insight. As a parent of an autistic teen, I am able to tolerate robotic speech, but why when it distracts from the sort of understanding I so desperately need? I have to pick my battles right now, and listening to this reader is not among them. I turned away from bluetooth and bought the book.

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Must read for parents of children on the spectrum

Excellent book to help parents raise children on spectrum to become more fully functioning adults. A must read for any parent who has a child on autism spectrum.

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Good guide for parents

My daughter is on the spectrum and recently turned 12. This book gave me many practical suggestions for helping her prepare adulthood.

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fabulous

educated me a whole bunch on my family members. I now can proceed with more patience and purpose in helping them navigate life.

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Most Helpful Parenting Book

This book has provided me with great, applicable tips. I read/listen to a lot of spectrum parenting books, so far this is my favorite. Best for elementary through high schooler parents. phenomenal.

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This book really sheds some light on understanding

This book really sheds light on understanding my spectrum stepson. This book really helped me, and I will get more books to help me and my husband in helping in parenting and guiding.

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  • 04-12-21

The Loving Push...

... great mindset. Young asd kiddos often need a loving push to reach their potential but I do not feel this book represents where we are at in 2021.
There are some interesting stories about the authors life and many lessons to be learned however as the parent of an autistic child, one who is particularly articulate, I do not feel many of the recommendations or approaches contained would be helpful for him. Quite the opposite. What I know is that listening to autistic adults gives us an insight into their experience but it absolutely does not and should not drown out this generations voice. This book offers lessons to be learned by the past, an opportunity to avoid repeating those mistakes (yes they are still ongoing) and a reasoned understanding of the authors mindset. It is by no means a manual on how to get your child to succeed in life....that happens by observing them, their needs and their environment, holding space for them, advocating for them and most importantly listening to your child whether that’s vocally or in non verbal communication.

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  • Mrs Radhika Hillier
  • 01-04-20

An essential resource for parents and teachers

Highly recommended for parents and teachers of neuro diverse kids. Well thought out and researched practical and realistic advice and support for preparing spectrum teens for fulfilled adult lives. Brilliant. Thank you. I feel much more positive for my daughters future.

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  • 11-13-19

Brilliant Overview of Strategies

Really excellent practical advice rooted in sound research and experience. Many thanks for thus valuable work.

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  • 06-16-18

very down to earth and tangible practical ideas

very helpful as a health professionals perspective
very useful life experiences and strategy to offer support to grow and develop
I enjoyed listening to this well ballanced account

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  • 11-02-20

Extremely relevant for ASD children

Any person with ASD or managing a child with this condition needs this honest guidance & reality check. I want ny children to be able to function to the best of their ability in life I will be put a lot of these ideas into practice.

One drawback was the narrator was very droll & monotonous, it was hard at times to stay focused.