praise for the book...


“TPGA is the best guide to autism that I have seen. It’s full of practical stories that illustrate the challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls; and offer constructive suggestions for most any situation. The best thing about this book is that all its stories are told from a perspective of compassion, acceptance, and love; three of the four elements that are key to building a better life. The fourth element – determination – is evidenced by readers when they make the decision to buy a book like this as a step on a journey to a better tomorrow.”
John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye and Be Different

“True to the title, [Thinking Person's Guide to Autism] empowers the reader to conceptualize autism in new and powerful ways. A must read for anyone wishing to know more about people on the autism spectrum and how these individuals are an important representation of the diversity of humankind.”
Stephen Shore,

“Refreshingly free of dogma, disinformation, and heavy-handed agendas, Thinking Person's Guide to Autism is an oasis of sanity, compassion, and hope for people on the spectrum and those who love them.”
Steve Silberman, senior writer for Wired magazine and autism/neurodiversity blogger for the Public Library of Science

“Every new parent knows the experience of being overwhelmed by the amount of information that's being thrown at them -- much of it seemingly contradictory. This is even more the case when faced with a diagnosis that remains imprecise and controversial. Thinking Person's Guide to Autism shines through the clutter of misinformation and hysteria like a lighthouse guiding a ship to safe harbor. It is compassionate and kindhearted; fearless and funny; and most importantly of all, reliable and responsible. To say this book should be read by everyone whose life has been touched by autism is undeniably true, but that doesn't go nearly far enough: This is a book that should be read by anyone interested in raising children in the modern world.” 
Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy

“When Hank got his autism diagnosis, they gave us a binder from Autism Speaks. [Thinking Person's Guide to Autism] is the book I wish we'd been given.”

“After reading and writing about autism for the past year and a half, [Thinking Person's Guide to Autism] is the book I wish I had read FIRST.”
Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Left Neglected

“I've been turned off by other guidebooks for special needs parenting because I've found them to be negative, unrealistic or both. Thinking Person's Guide To Autism, however, is empowering and all about real life. You'll want to read this book not because you "should" but because you will be grateful that you did; it's bound to improve your life as the parent of a child with special needs, and your child's life, too.”
Ellen Seidman of and

“A thoughtful, intelligent, and empathetic guide full of practical information; frankly, there’s nothing else like it.”
Paul Offit, MD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

“...since so many people still have misconceptions about autism, the essays in this book will help promote acceptance and inclusion for autistic children and adults, dispel many myths about vaccines and unnecessary biomed therapies, and will get you away from thinking that your child is "damaged" in any way.”
Vincent Iannelli, MD, Pediatrics

“TPGA is the most comprehensive collection of essays that offers a realistic view of the autism landscape. As a parent, educator, caregiver, advocate or friend, you owe it to yourself to get informed.”
Dana Commandatore, Rethinking Autism

“As a pediatrician and mom to an 8 year old autistic boy, I found this book to be authentic and spot on. The book addresses practical autism issues like parental/caregiver stress, planning for your child's future, meltdowns, potential guilt over not refusing vaccines and not trying the myriad of costly pseudoscience treatments, the role of the education system, friends, therapists, and medications.”
Denise Somsak, MD

“...a resource I wish I had when my kid was diagnosed. Sure, I’d have loved to have read this book before and been better prepared. ”
Sullivan, columnist, Left Brain/Right Brain

“Readers [...] seeking useful information and how-to guidance assembled by a down-to-earth, conscientious and scientifically literate crew who once sought such information themselves and found it difficult to come by may find The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism to be just what they are looking for.”
Mark Stairwalt, Shift Journal of Alternatives: Neurodiversity and Social Change

“This is a book of HOPE. The underlying message is that however tough things may be, however difficult they may get, don’t give up. Things can – and generally, but not always – will get better and there are resources available and people willing to help you give your child the best possible life. I believe this book may be the turning point in the lives of many parents of autistic children, but what do I know? I am an autistic adult and I contributed.”
Rory Patton, self-advocate, Springing Tiger

“...what's so valuable about the voices collected on TPGA. I think it's the power of personal experience combined with hard-headedness about information. It's the combination of warmth and realism: you feel the love the writers have for their kids (and other people's kids) even while (or exactly while) they are telling the truth about how difficult it is be to be a parent to those kids, and how imperfect we all are at it.”
Caroline Miller, Child Mind Institute

“One of the best sites on the web for information about autism from parents, professionals, and autistic people themselves... this book is a must-have.”
Jean Winegardner, Washington Times

“If you buy no other book about autism this year, buy this one.”
Elise, asd2Mom

“The New Essential Guidebook for Your Autism Journey -- a Must Read!”
Gail Pubols, autism parent

“Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism is a must-have for any autism library.  Not only is it jam-packed with valuable information, it is a well-edited compilation of very well-written pieces and includes a fantastic list of resources in the appendix.”
Leigh Merryday at Flappiness is...

“The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community, especially parents of newly diagnosed children, needs this book. [...] Parents, professionals, and autistics themselves used their experience, their knowledge, and their wit to write practical, tried and true strategies and stories that will touch your heart.”
Lorna D'Entremont, Special Needs Book Review

“...when we were just converging on an autism diagnosis for my child, I would have given up body parts to have had access to an array of thinkers like these. I would have argued with some of them, but all of them would have challenged me, informed me, and inspired me to think critically.”
Bobbi Sheahan, Author of What I Wish I'd Known About Raising a Child With Autism

“...Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism provides a much needed rational and critical thinking approach to the confusing array of unproven methodologies, anecdotal claims, and pseudoscientific practices which appear to be so prevalent in the autism community. It also does much to promote a “positive psychology” of autism by moving beyond agendas and embracing both awareness and acceptance. Autism professionals will also find this book a helpful resource for understanding the perspectives and daily challenges of individuals and families whose lives have been affected by autism.”
Lee A. Wilkinson, EdD, PhD, NCSP, Author of A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools, at Pediastaff

From feeding issues to sexuality, readers are linked to helpful places to collect a team of support for children and adults. The book also provides practical resources for planning for a child’s financial future, educational services, and IEPs ... TPGA is a must-read for parents, friends, family members, counselors, and physicians whose lives intersect with individuals with autism.
Dr. Natasha Burgert, Pediatrician and blogger at KCKidsDoc

“Thinking Person's Guide to Autism is more than a book. It is the Autism Constitution!!”
Dennise Goldberg at Special Education Advisor

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Publication information
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Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Deadwood City Publishing (2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692010556
ISBN-13: 978-0692010556