Uniquely Human by Barry M. Prizant, PHD — Book Review

I really didn’t expect to be reviewing this book on the blog because it’s not religious.  It’s a book about autism and I read it because our twenty-two month old granddaughter (not diagnosed officially yet) is probably autistic.  The author offers plenty of sound advice for parents including some of these thoughts:

  • Every person develops throughout their life.  There is no “cut-off” age to give up on the possibility that a child with autism will improve or learn new skills
  • Every child is affected by autism differently;  they are unique individuals, and there is no one way to go about helping them
  • Parents are the best experts on their own child and should trust their gut feelings about what will work best for their family
  • Take one day at a time and celebrate every improvement

The caregivers who are most successful in connecting with autistic children have the following qualities:

  • Empathy–they try to understand how the child experiences the world
  • Sensitivity–they are attuned to the child’s emotional state
  • Willingness to share control with the child instead of simply pushing a certain agenda or treatment
  • Humor
  • Trustworthiness
  • Flexibility

All of this is helpful information, and included are further resources that include websites, books written by parents and by people with autism and national organizations that can provide information and support.

However, what stood out most for me (and the reason I’m posting this review) was a short section on faith.  Families who cope best often express the importance faith plays in their lives.

“Many parents see themselves in partnership with a higher power in raising a child.  This brings comfort, a sense of shared responsibility and trust, and decreases anxiety.”

The reason for this?  It’s simple:  hope.

VERDICT:  5 STARS.  This book is an excellent resource for learning about autism, and full of practical suggestions for helping children with autism overcome challenges and lead happy, fulfilling lives.

For more about autism see these posts:

Autism and your church by Barbara J. Newman — Book Review

Remembering the Important Things

Switched On


2 thoughts on “Uniquely Human by Barry M. Prizant, PHD — Book Review

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