As a young person who has grown up facing the challenges of a world that does not understand ASD, Katy Elphinstone’s 'Dos and Don’ts' is a welcome manual of advice. Very readable and comprehensive, this book would be an excellent starting point for families learning to support autistic children.
Whilst a single family may not be able to implement all of the many tips outlined, just a few adjustments and a little understanding can make all the difference. I grew up in a family that had little concept of ASD, and am becoming increasingly aware of the profound and extremely negative impact this has had on me socially and emotionally. I sincerely hope that parents who are struggling to understand their autistic children will educate themselves through books like this, and avoid causing unintentional trauma and stress to their children.
Filled with innumerable hints and funny cartoons, 'Dos and Don’ts' is extremely approachable, and would be an effective and practical guide for any family adjusting to an ASD diagnosis.