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Sincerely, your autistic child : what people on the autism spectrum wish their parents knew about growing up, acceptance, and identity
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Before readers come to this book's first essay, a sidebar quotation jumps out: "I have a place in this world. The fact that I am here is proof of that. Trust that we will find that place, together." This may be precisely what readers need to hear in this collection of essays written in the form of letters to parents. Because the copyright for this work is held by the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, readers can be confident that an underrepresented population in autism research is finally getting their say. Each essay has insightful and eloquent advice by people with autism from a number of age groups, races, ethnicities, faiths, cultures, professional and life skills backgrounds, and gender identities. Because current media representations of autism have long been primarily focused on Western white men, this collection of essays from a diversity of people on the spectrum is an essential and necessary work that raises awareness and redefines normal. VERDICT This book is absolutely required reading for parents, educators, and caregivers who interact with anyone on the autism spectrum.--Virginia Johnson, John Curtis P.L., Hanover, MA
A diverse collection of autistic voices that highlights how parents can avoid common mistakes and misconceptions, and make their child feel truly accepted, valued, and celebrated for who they are.

Most resources available for parents come from psychologists, educators, and doctors, offering parents a narrow and technical approach to autism. Sincerely, Your Autistic Child represents an authentic resource for parents written by autistic people themselves.

From childhood and education to culture, gender identity, and sexuality, this anthology tackles the everyday joys and challenges of growing up while honestly addressing the emotional needs, sensitivity, and vibrancy of autistic kids, youth, and young adults. Contributors reflect on what they have learned while growing up on the autism spectrum and how parents can avoid common mistakes and overcome challenges while raising their child.

Part memoir, part guide, and part love letter, Sincerely, Your Autistic Child is an indispensable collection that invites parents and allies into the unique and often unheard experiences of autistic children and teens.
Table of Contents
Foreword    Jess Wilsonp. ix
Letter from the Editorsp. xiii
Early Memories, Childhood, and Education
1Acknowledge Vulnerability; Presume Competence    B. Martin Allenp. 3
2It's Us Against the World, Kid    Brigid Rankowskip. 7
3What Autistic Girls Wish Their Parents Knew About Friendship    Jane Straussp. 13
4What Your Daughter Deserves: Love, Safety, and the Truth    Kassiane Asasumasup. 21
5What I Wish You Knew    Katie Levinp. 27
6Change the World, Not Your Child    Lei Wiley-Mydskep. 31
7Empathy and Non-Verbal Cues    Dusya Lyubovskayap. 35
8The First Time I Heard of Autism    Anonymousp. 39
9What I Wish My Parents Knew About Being Their Autistic Daughter    Heidi Wangelinp. 41
10A Particular Way of Being    Karen Leanp. 47
Acceptance and Adaptation
11A Daughter's Journey: Lessons, Honesty, and Love    Jennifer St. Judep. 57
12Still Your Child    Ondrea Marisa Robinsonp. 71
13Perfect in an Imperfect World    Haley Mossp. 75
14Who Gets to Be Diagnosed? And Who Does It Serve?    Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldánp. 85
15Unconventional    Amythest Schaberp. 89
16I Wish I Wasn't So Hard on Myself Back Then    Kayla Smithp. 95
17Ten Things I Wish My Parents Had Known When I Was Growing Up    Amelia "Mel" Evelyn Voicy Baggsp. 101
18I Am an Autistic Woman    Amy Sequenziap. 111
19The View from Outside the Window    HWp. 121
20Finding Me: The Journey to Acceptance    Morénike Giwa Onaiwup. 125
21Autism, Self-Acceptance, and Hope    Lynne Sorayap. 129
Intersectional identity and Finding Community
22Keep Her Safe; Let Her Fly Free    Maxfield Sparrowp. 139
23Tell Me I'm Autistic    Anonymousp. 149
24Autism, Sensory Experiences, and Family Culture    Mallory Cruzp. 157
25Safe Harbors in a Difficult World    Kayla Rodriguezp. 167
26Give Your Daughters Autistic Community    Jean Winegardnerp. 173
27A Parents' Guide to Being Transgender and Autistic    Alexandra Forshawp. 177
28On Surviving Loneliness and Isolation, and Learning to Live with Loss    Lydia X. Z. Brownp. 183
29There's a Place    Emily Paige Balloup. 189
Conclusion    Beth Ryanp. 193
About the Editorsp. 196
Contributorsp. 198
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
Notesp. 207
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