I am very excited to announce the upcoming release of my first book, I Am An Autism Parent, this October! This is what I’ve been working on while I’ve been largely absent from here and the blogosphere these past few months.
I wrote I Am An Autism Parent primarily for parents who are either just receiving an autism diagnosis for their child or who are in the process of seeking one. However, our rollercoaster of autism parenting is an ongoing one no matter how long we’ve been on this road, so I think this book will have a lot to offer everyone.
It is a very different autism book from most anything I’ve seen, and it is certainly a departure from the how-to books many of us have read. It is about the emotional journey of going from diagnosis to embracing your identity as an autism parent, wherever you happen to be on that path.
I wrote it as an open letter to autism parents because I want you most of all to know, no matter how you feel right now, that you can do this. We face countless challenges, but from them arise so much beauty and wonder. Our kids are awesome, and they have so much to teach us. As we grow in skill and wisdom as parents, our ability to help them shine will grow as well. This book is about discovering how to get there.
There is a seemingly unending stream of negative and discouraging messages about autism, and I wanted to tell a different story. In part I wrote I Am An Autism Parent because I want to tell a story that is both honest and encouraging. I know as a new autism parent that I wanted someone to help me see things in a real and positive light, support me, help me know I’m not alone, believe in me, and tell me I can do this. I hope that this is what this book will accomplish.
I Am An Autism Parent is the culmination of what I’ve learned as an autism parent. It’s everything I want to tell a new autism parent. It’s a message I want to share with all of you with whom we share this journey.
And getting this message out to autism parents is so important to me that I will be sharing it with everyone for free.
You can read a short excerpt of it, which I have entitled The Autism Parents Vow, right now. In this excerpt is the vow I wrote to our J-Man and the promises I made to him early on in our journey together. I have read and re-read that vow many, many times, and I still cry every time I read it. The words mean more and more to me as time goes by.
You can get The Autism Parents Vow as a free PDF on my new I Am An Autism Parent web site. I must say that I am really proud of it. The feedback I have already received over the past day or two since the site went live has blown me away. I am so thankful to those people who have shared their responses with me.
The initial version of I Am An Autism Parent will be released in October as a free PDF designed specifically for your computer or tablet device. I’m releasing it first to everyone who signs up and says they are interested. When you sign up, you’ll also get a few missions – exercises you can do yourself – and future announcements about this book and other related resources. To sign up, go to the I Am An Autism Parent web site, and enter your e-mail address in the signup form. (It’s free. And don’t worry, I won’t share your e-mail with anyone. Spam is evil.)
Thank you to everyone who has helped me bring this dream to reality, and particularly those who encouraged me to write this book from its very beginnings. I’m excited for you to read it!
So head on over to the I Am An Autism Parent site, download The Autism Parents Vow, and while you’re there, consider signing up to get I Am An Autism Parent before its public release and some other good stuff.
Thank you all for being here, and thanks for being awesome.