1st Edition

Parenting Bright Kids With Autism Helping Twice-Exceptional Children With Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism

By Claire E. Hughes-Lynch Copyright 2022
    268 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    268 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    Parenting Bright Kids With Autism discusses the frustrations, the diagnoses, the challenges, and the joys as parents help their gifted children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) thrive in school and at home. This book:

    • Helps families navigate twice-exceptional life by translating best practice into helpful advice.
    • Guides parents who are trying to reach out, find information, and develop their child's talents.
    • Helps parents acknowledge and get help for, but not focus on, areas of challenge.
    • Is written by a professor of special education who is also a mother of a gifted child with high-functioning autism.
    • Is a revision of the popular Children With High-Functioning Autism.

    Topics range from understanding the first signs of autism and the diagnosis, finding a support network, and filling out necessary paperwork, to determining the various types of therapies available and planning for adulthood. The book also discusses issues that these kids may face as they become teenagers and enter college. With the advice and encouragement provided in this book, parents will receive valuable insight into this new world of caring for a gifted child with autism.

    Preface Chapter 1: Starting the Journey: From the Beginning and Even Before Chapter 2: The Landscape and Its Signage: Autism Causes and Terms Chapter 3: I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore, Toto: Diagnosis Chapter 4: Down the Rabbit Hole: Treatments and Therapies Chapter 5: Everyday Strategies Chapter 6: Education: Joining the Highway Chapter 7: Detours and Bumps: Middle School, High School, and Beyond Chapter 8: Parental Rest Stops and Self-Care Chapter 9: Siblings, Spouses, and Other Passengers Essential Resources About the Author


    Claire E. Hughes-Lynch, Ph.D., is Professor of Elementary and Special Education at the College of Coastal Georgia, USA. A Fulbright Scholar to Greece, she has taught in twice-exceptional programs and lives her life in twos—two cats, two dogs, two children (but one husband) across two countries.