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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tips on Tuesday: The Autism Sisterhood Review

For this week's Tips on Tuesday, I am reviewing a book that I received. It had a lot of great information and ideas (Tips) that would apply for non-autistic children as well as those on the spectrum.

Book Name: The Autism Sisterhood
Author: Michele C. Brooke
Price: $9.95.
Available at

This book is subtitled "A (brief) Manual" and it is just what it says it is. It's a small book that fits into my big purse easily. Each chapter is short (1-2 pages) and gives another piece of instruction or information that gets to the heart of things that women in 'the sisterhood' go through.

As a mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum, I have tried some of her ideas and jotted notes of other ideas. I appreciated her theory on who makes up the Autism Sisterhood. She includes not just mothers of Autistic children, but fathers, teachers, therapists, doctors and friends who can be a sounding board or give insight or just celebrate the little things with you. I agree, the sooner you find people in your corner, the better off you are.

I appreciated the variety of Michelle Brooke's ideas. She mentions in passing some of the more obvious things like Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Most of her chapters were devoted to things that are easy for you to do at home or when out and about. She covers a wide range of topics from cooking to electronics to vocabulary/reading to shopping trips and plastic bananas. 

The book is meant to be read in short bursts. It can be read during one 45 minute speech therapy session (I read it the first time from cover to cover in that amount of time), but it's designed to read when you have just a few minutes here and there. It's a fast read and contains wonderful information and insight. Michelle Brooke mentions that this book is meant to be a quick read that you can keep in your purse because then you will have it to pass along to another person who could use it.

I enjoyed her book and found great information. I will point out that there's not rolling emotions or personal stories which worked well for the format given. I just want to make readers aware that it's more factual information than the feelings behind the diagnosis. For those who are used to books that take you through the emotional ringer, you won't find it here. These are facts and ideas for you to take and use. 

I hope you'll pass the word about this book to others who could use the information contained within.

Disclosure: This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by Michele C. Brooke for this review.


Angela said...

passed your link on to a friend today.

Rebecca said...

I would be the friend! Haha!

This is definitely a book I am adding to my list :)

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