A Journey with Brendan

A Journey with Brendan : Life with a child with autism by a mother and paediatrician

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Today, 1 in 60 children are on the autism spectrum. There is a 24 to 36 month wait in the United Kingdom for diagnosis and many families are desperate for help, advice and reassurance. Dr May Ng's book is full of useful tips and is a must-read for parents and carers of a child with autism. Through her knowledge both as an award-winning paediatrician and as the mother of a 13-year-old son with autism, May provides a first-hand account of bringing up a child with autism, bringing together a wide range of resources and practical advice to help families cope. Over the years, May researched, tried and documented almost every therapy available for autism public and private, mainstream and alternative. She worked with persistence and patience to teach Brendan to manage basic life skills for himself. Today, Brendan is a happy 13-year-old in an autism school and is able to do many things they once believed might not be possible. This is a highly practical account of the difficulties faced with raising a child with autism and offers comfort to other parents in the same position, as well as the hope that their child can live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 213g
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 170691587X
  • 9781706915874
  • 2,651,400

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"This inspiring, highly readable book by a parent who is also a doctor and a scientist is full of useful tips for other parents of a child with autism." Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of Autism Research, Centre, Cambridge University

"A mother's absorbing story of her son with autism is given perspective by her paediatric experience and medical knowledge. Dr May Ng's book will help many other affected families and also engage autism professionals." Dame Stephanie Shirley CH DBE, entrepreneur and philanthropist (whose late son had autism)

"Dr May Ng's account of her journey as an autism mum is honest, intelligent, helpful, real-world and illuminating." David Mitchell, bestselling author and co-translator of The Reason I Jump and Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

"This is a highly practical account of the difficulties faced with raising a child with autism. Despite being a paediatrician, Dr May Ng's account contains the struggles and unexpected challenges encountered in parenting; her practical advice will help others' journey through what often feels like a complex and disorientating maze" Dr David Evans, Vice-President of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath

"This inspirational book is so easy to read and is highly informative. Dr May Ng documents her personal story with autism and includes advice and information based on her experience as well as on her research and medical knowledge. Whether you are a parent, carer, employer, teacher, SENCO, relative or a friend of someone with an autistic spectrum condition, this book will certainly help you to appreciate, understand and cope." Anna Kennedy OBE, mother and autism campaigner

"An incredible account by an outstanding mother, researcher paediatrician. The book is a gold-mine for parents and families living with autism" Dr Udi Mahamithawa, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Autism Specialist, Lancashire

"Dr May Ng is positively masterful in sharing her personal story of living with autism from the perspective of a parent and a medical expert. Being privileged to be the Headteacher of Abbot's Lea School and working with Brendan, I can certainly confirm that the key pieces of practical useful advice offered by Dr Ng to other parents are priceless in supporting children with autism to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. Highly recommended and inspiring book!" Ania Hildrey, Headteacher of Abbot's Lea School, Liverpool Specialist School for Children on the Autism Spectrum

"Dr May Ng has written a must-read, full of information from her medical and personal experience describing her journey into the perilous world of parenting a child with autism" -- Emeritus Professor Michael Weindling, University of Liverpool

"I wished I had a book like this when my son Alex was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. As a doctor and a mother living and breathing life with autism, Dr May Ng's book has such valuable advice and is a wealth of information for all families living with autism." --Christine Green, mother and former National Autistic Society Early Bird Programme trainer
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