This is from a recent review of When Autism Comes To Roost: A Family's Journey From Denial to Acceptance by Dr Alicia Hendley.
Dundas, ON October 8, 2015
Jo Worgan, writing in Autism Daily Newscast goes on to say that “Sometimes you can feel so alone and isolated, and I found that by reading this book, I had a friend.” She added “If you are a mother to a child with autism, then this book will speak directly to you. If you are new to the world of parenting a child with autism, then this book will show you that you are not alone and that everything you are feeling is okay, it really is. It gives hope, that although some days will be difficult, you have to embrace the here and now and live in the moment. That is all that anyone can do.”
The advance reviews have been just as positive.
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 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."
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 978-1-927637-23-4, $19.95 is distributed by Ingram and is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo and in Kindle
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