Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism: The Autism Book You’ve Been Waiting For

20 Dec

I’ve already written about the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism book. In reading the other discussions of it I found the press release, which I copy below:

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism: The Autism Book You’ve Been Waiting For.

Redwood City, CA December 19, 2011 — “Refreshingly free of dogma, disinformation, and heavy-handed agendas, Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism is an oasis of sanity, compassion, and hope for people on the spectrum and those who love them.” — Steve Silberman, senior writer for Wired magazine and autism/neurodiversity blogger for the Public Library of Science

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism is the book we wish we’d had when autism first became part of our lives: a one-stop resource for carefully curated, evidence-based information from autism parents, autistics, and autism professionals.

About the Editors

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism editors are Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers, Liz Ditz, Emily Willingham, and Carol Greenburg. Each woman writes, educates, and advocates within the autism communities. This project has its foundation in their collective parenting, science, education, and self-advocacy experience.

For more information or review copies of THINKING PERSON’S GUIDE TO AUTISM, please visit www.thinkingautismguide.com/p/press.html or contact our media relations department at 650.260.8742 or thinkingautism@gmail.com.

Publication information:
Available: on Amazon http://is.gd/TPGAonAMAZON and at Createspace.com http://is.gd/BUYTPGA
Paperback: 370 pages

Publisher: Deadwood City Publishing (2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692010556
ISBN-13: 978-0692010556

and, some advance praise:

“BOOK OF THE YEAR”
“Refreshingly free of dogma, disinformation, and heavy-handed agendas, Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism is an oasis of sanity, compassion, and hope for people on the spectrum and those who love them.” — Steve Silberman, senior writer for Wired magazine and autism/neurodiversity blogger for the Public Library of Science

“…what’s so valuable about the voices collected on TPGA. I think it’s the power of personal experience combined with hard-headedness about information. It’s the combination of warmth and realism: you feel the love the writers have for their kids (and other people’s kids) even while (or exactly while) they are telling the truth about how difficult it is be to be a parent to those kids, and how imperfect we all are at it.” — Caroline Miller, Child Mind Institute

“One of the best sites on the web for information about autism from parents, professionals, and autistic people themselves… this book is a must-have.” —Jean Winegardner, Washington Times

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14 Responses to “Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism: The Autism Book You’ve Been Waiting For”

  1. livsparents December 21, 2011 at 00:11 #

    With all of the editors of Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism being women, are we to assume that they feel the males of the community are not…thinking? ;>)

    Best of luck with the book ladies…

    • Sullivan December 21, 2011 at 00:27 #

      livsparents,

      perhaps they feel that males need the guidance…

  2. Shannon December 21, 2011 at 00:22 #

    Heh. Several contributors to our book and site are male, sir. And not just tokens. 🙂

    Thanks again, Sullivan. We appreciate your getting the word out about TPGA.

  3. Harold L Doherty December 21, 2011 at 06:37 #

    In fairness to the contributors to the “Thinking” Persons Guide to Autism it is those people, particularly parents of autistic children, who do not share the contributors’ ideological perspectives on autism disorders that are non-thinking persons, or as the press release indicates that are dogmatic, promote misinformation about autism and advance heavy handed autism agendas.

    In the words of contributor Shannon Des Roches Rosa it is the “evil” persons who say negative things about autism disorders who are non-thinking and must be vanquished.

    http://www.squidalicious.com/2011/12/vanquish-forces-of-autism-evil-declare.html

    Thank heaven (literally) for the enlightened contributors to this book who have come down from the mountain top to bestow upon us their inspirational understanding of autism disorders.

  4. Harold L Doherty December 21, 2011 at 20:54 #

    You didn’t allow my comment through moderation. No criticism of the “Thinking” persons guide contributors allowed? LOL.

  5. Kilroy December 22, 2011 at 15:27 #

    Well he seemed to allow that last piece of criticism

  6. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E. December 25, 2011 at 12:25 #

    indeed. Doherty’s just being his usual turd-brained self….

  7. Harold L Doherty December 25, 2011 at 20:36 #

    Thank you David for your usual contribution. At least your preschool playground commentary does not indulge in out and out hate speech as did SDDR’s rampage to which I linked in my comment.

  8. Julian Frost December 28, 2011 at 15:28 #

    @Harold:

    Thank heaven (literally) for the enlightened contributors to this book who have come down from the mountain top to bestow upon us their inspirational understanding of autism disorders.

    1) Lovely Strawman.
    2) Drop dead you sanctimonious jerk.

    • Sullivan December 29, 2011 at 02:24 #

      Julian Frost,

      you walked right into that one. He baited you and you fell for it.

      When I wrote this piece I knew Mr. Doherty would respond, and respond in much the way he did. He’s done it too many times in the past for that prediction to be much of a surprise.

      Mr. Doherty will tell you he is “neutral” on the vaccine issue, but will repeatedly write favorably about groups who promote the idea and attack those who don’t. I chose the word “attack” with care, for that describes his methodology accurately. Given the fact that the writers of the Thinking Person’s Guide have chosen to make their viewpoints clear and strong, there was little doubt Mr. Doherty would disapprove of their efforts.

      While we are on the topic of accurate representations, I appreciate the fact that so far everyone has avoided rising to the bait of the term “hate speech”. As an attorney, Mr. Doherty should be well aware that he is misusing the term. But it is a classic debate tactic to try to divert the discussion into, say, the misuse of the term “hate speech”. In doing so, the one misusing the term succeeds in smearing others with a protracted and often confusing back and forth while maintaining a fiction of civility.

      To be clear, Julian Frost’s response was an emotional reply to the baiting but (as in this case) most emotional replies are not hate speech.

      Parent,

      you are invited (should you wish) to follow the links on Mr. Doherty’s name. Unless his style has changed dramatically, he will make it very clear in most if not all of his articles that his child is not “high functioning”.

      This is precisely the sort of mistaken assumption that Mr. Doherty and others made about me for quite some time while I refrained from giving details about my child.

      I would encourage you to read the book. I have confidence that you can decide for yourself what to accept and what to reject.

  9. Harold L Doherty December 28, 2011 at 21:56 #

    Julian, your hate speech, example: “drop dead”, is not a surprise given the hostility that so many of you “Thinking Persons” hold toward lesser humans, particularly parents trying to help their children by finding treatments or cures for their autism disorders.

  10. Parent December 29, 2011 at 01:54 #

    “Julian, your hate speech, example: “drop dead”, is not a surprise given the hostility that so many of you “Thinking Persons” hold toward lesser humans, particularly parents trying to help their children by finding treatments or cures for their autism disorders.”

    Harold,

    You may have a high-functioning child, and thus have no need to listen to autistic adults, but as the parent of a low functioning child, I need all the insight I can get, including the expert insight from the autistic adults that you delight in degrading. You do not speak for all parents, and I reject your ridiculous attempts to do so.

  11. Harold L Doherty December 29, 2011 at 02:03 #

    Hello Parent 01:54:17

    I have degraded no one and you have provided no example to back up your false charge to that effect. Nor do I pretend to speak for all parents. Again, you have given no example where I make such a claim.

    In fact it is obvious that you have read little, if anything of what I have written about autism. If you did you would know that I do not have a high-functioning child. I have expressly stated on many occasions that my son is severely autistic with intellectual disabilities. Your ignorance of that fact proves that you are simply making charges with no basis behind them.

    If you are indeed a parent of a low functioning child it is unfortunate for your child if you follow the advice of a high functioning autistic stranger who knows nothing of what it means to be low functioning. Your comments demonstrate very poor judgment as a parent.

    • Sullivan December 29, 2011 at 02:29 #

      If I were interested in blogging for the debate and argument, I would leave this discussion open. Mr. Doherty’s last remark, with his judgmental view of another autism parent would no doubt provide for a long exchange.

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