December 2021 MBR The Autism Shelf

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Jan 2, 2022, 2:14:13 PMJan 2
The Autism Shelf

Autistic Logistics, second edition
Kate C. Wilde
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
P.O. Box 960, Herndon, VA 20172-0960
9781787757493, $19.95

Autistic Logistics: A Parent's Guide to Tackling Bedtime, Toilet Training, Meltdowns, Hitting, and Other Everyday Challenges appears in its second updated edition to offer parents step-by-step advice on how to handle an autistic child more effectively. It will make the perfect gift for new parents and is based on the author's decades of experience and the latest autism research. This combination of practical applications proven to work and pointers for parents of kids on the spectrum provides specific strategies and insights for major common problems, from handling tantrums to toilet training, sleep issues, and redirecting an autistic child's intense energy.

On the Spectrum
Daniel Bowman Jr.
Brazos Press
c/o Baker Publishing Group
9781587435065, $19.99 pbk / $12.99 Kindle

Synopsis: Nearly everyone knows someone on the autism spectrum, whether it's a niece or nephew, a student in their classroom, a coworker, or a sibling, spouse, or child. One in 54 children has autism, according to the CDC, and autism is reported across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Yet most of what people think they know about autism is wrong.

On the Spectrum debunks myths with a realistic yet hope-filled deep dive into the heart, mind, and life of a Christian. Daniel Bowman, a novelist, poet, and professor, received an autism diagnosis at age thirty-five after experiencing crises in his personal and professional life. The diagnosis shed light on his experience in a new, life-giving way. In this captivating book, Bowman reveals new insights into autism, relationships, faith, and the gift of neurodiversity.

Rather than viewing autism as a deficiency, Bowman teaches readers--through stories of his heartbreaks and triumphs--authentic ways to love their neighbors as themselves, including their autistic neighbors who are fearfully and wonderfully, if differently, made.

Critique: On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, and the Gifts of Neurodiversity discusses autism and neurodiversity from a Christian perspective, emphasizing the importance of embracing and engaging with God. Author Daniel Bowman, an associate professor of English who also mentors young people on the spectrum, discusses the ramifications of autism plain terms, paying heed to both the drawbacks and the potential benefits of being neurodiverse. Interviews and personal stories from neurodiverse individuals enhance this thoughtful, accessible, and highly recommended testimony.

Editorial Note: Daniel Bowman Jr. (MFA, Seattle Pacific University) is an author, poet, and associate professor of English at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where he codirects the Making Literature Conference. He writes and speaks regularly on neurodiversity, including for the SBC's Facts & Trends website, The Mighty, Ruminate magazine, and at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Bowman is editor in chief of Relief: A Journal of Art & Faith, engages in several in-person and online communities addressing neurodiversity and mental health, and mentors young people on the spectrum.


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