Learning to Cope When Autism Comes to Roost
Psychologist Alicia Hendley was not expecting or prepared when her second son, Max,was diagnosed with autism. However, she and her family traveled the road from denial to acceptance. Her book is described in an advance review as Raw and honest.
It was a typical middle class family with two professional parents and four kids when the parents began receiving notes from nursery school about their 3rd child, Max. This set the family on an unexpected journey together as they struggled to accept and accommodate. An illuminating read for any family faced with an emerging physical or mental disability in a child.
The advance reviews have been highly lauditory.
Ann Douglas, the best selling author of parenting books including her latest, Parenting Through the Storm said "Alicia Hendley has written a highly personal memoir of her struggle to come to terms with her son’s diagnosis as well as her own. Raw, honest, and poignant, the book stays with you long after you’ve finished reading.”
Darin Strauss, a recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award and PEN Hemingway Award, said "Alicia Hendley has written a great book -- a marvelously crafted hunk of honesty. The different views of a family -- these memories and this evocation of difficulty -- come without sentimentality or apology. Read this book and let it change you for the better."
Author and also a father of a child with autism, Joel Yanofsky said "In her new memoir, When Autism Comes to Roost, Alicia Hendley, a trained psychologist, is particularly well-placed to chronicle how the day-to-day lives of parents with children on the autism spectrum invariably teeter between fragility and strength, worry and hope. There are no quick fixes here, no easy solutions – just a woman, touchingly honest about her own challenges, struggling to do the best she can. That’s the good news. The better news is that Hendley is a wonderfully engaging writer. Parents of all kinds of kids will marvel at the remarkable balancing act she performs telling her family’s demanding and ultimately inspiring story."
Finally, a Program Manager with Autism Services Waterloo Region, Ontario, Jessica Hutchison said, "Alicia Hendley's memoir is one of the most poignant, raw and illuminating books about autism I have read. Her candor, humility and honesty provides real insight into not only the challenges of autism but also the pure joy and happiness autism brings to the world. This memoir will help people gain a much deeper understanding of autism and will forever change the way people view and treat people on the spectrum."
Alicia Hendley is the mother of four children, including a son with autism. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and worked for years as a psychologist. She is the author of two novels (A Subtle Thing and Type). Her poetry and nonfiction have been published in Room Magazine and Hippocampus Magazine. She was long-listed for the Vanderbilt-Exile Short Fiction Award in both 2010 and 2011. She was short-listed for the 2014 CBC Canada Writes Stories of Belonging competition.
Dr. Hendley is an advocate within the autism community and blogs regularly for an Ontario autism website. Her post (“Mommy, do I have autism?”) was also published in the winter 2014 issue of Autism Matters magazine. Dr. Hendley is a frequent speaker about her experiences on autism and parenting.
When Autism Comes to Roost: A Family's Journey From Denial to Acceptance, ISBN 978-1-927637-
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