This reassuring guide depicts the impact autism has on aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and other involved members of the child’s extended family. It provides abundant practical suggestions for extended family members to join in assisting the nuclear family in coping more effectively with the sometimes overwhelming challenges posed by raising a child who has autism. Thirty-two case examples add clarity to the intelligent and informative portrayal of helpful suggestions. In addition to special sections for each category of relatives, other topics include stepfamily and blended family issues, close friends, special events and holidays, stress management, handling rude comments, toileting, and numerous other issues.
Author: Raun Melmed, M.D., & Maria Wheeler