Reviews

“Autism Parenting is an encouraging, sensible and inspirational guide that will help not only families, but also teachers and therapists.  Through the lens of a child’s school experience, the author gives 300 strategies to make life easier for both you and your child.  The tips are presented in easily digestible sections that are consistently positive and practical. Autism Parenting will leave readers with renewed energy, hope, and initiative!”          

- Dr. Debra Moore, Psychologist, Coauthor with Dr. Temple Grandin of "The Loving Push

"Parents with children on the autism spectrum are continually looking for resources to make their parenting journey a more positive and satisfying experience for their children and family. “Autism Parenting: 300+ Strategies for a Positive School Experience -What parents can do to increase school success for their child and help them thrive” provides critical guidance for parents in navigating the school experience and empowers them to advocate and take charge of their children’s education. The author provides practical strategies and tips on how to make the school connection positive and productive from the beginning to the end of the school year. Highly informative and empowering, the book is a valuable guide for any parent concerned with enhancing their child's academic and social success in the classroom."

“Autism Parenting: Strategies for a Positive School Experience is an extremely helpful and comprehensive handbook for all parents with children on the autism spectrum—and parents of children without disabilities can benefit too. It reads well, and covers every aspect in detail. I love the short points and the checklists, which are great for review or quick reference. A must-read for success at school.”

—Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan, Editor, Autism Resource Specialist, and author of the Autism Is…? series of children’s books.

 “Connie Hammer's advice to parents of children with autism is compassionate, sound, and from the heart. Autism Parenting: Strategies for a Positive School Experience  will help you to improve your child's education by improving your relationship with your child.  From knowing your child's educational rights, to handling anxiety, to teaching your child to be an effective self-advocate, you don't have to face the challenges alone. With her clear, conversational style, and thorough, easy-to-follow checklists, Connie is the trusted professional that you need to set yourself and your child up for success each day of each  school year.”

—Bobbi Sheahan, co-author of What I Wish I'd Known About Parenting a Child With Autism (Future Horizons, 2011)

"I can only imagine how different my youth might have been had my mom and dad owned a book like this, when I was growing up in the 50’s.  I was never formally diagnosed with Autism, and yet, I displayed many of the symptoms of Autism. I often experienced sensory overload, exhibited tics, and had difficulty communicating my needs. I took on the stresses of my parent’s marriage, tried to micromanage their unhealthy feelings towards each other, and got sick doing so. School for me was a very unpleasant experience. It created feelings of extreme anxiety and made me fearful of my teachers. I withdrew into my own world rather than learn the effective coping behaviors that Connie’s book so brilliantly lays out for parents. Reading Connie’s book gave me an unexpected gift. It gave me the sense that my inner child was no longer invisible. It gave me the sense that the “sensitive” child in me was being seen, heard, and validated, perhaps for the first time. I got from her, what all of the adults in my life were not prepared to give me!"

— Candia Lea Cole, Founder Eco-LearningLegacies and author of Eco-Intelligent Remedies for Autism that Think Outside the Box

"PCI Coach Connie Hammer, MSW, and owner of Parent Coaching for Autism, has written a valuable book for parents: Autism Parenting: Practical Strategies for a Positive School Experience. The book addresses the top parental concerns regarding their children’s school experience. Common questions such as “How can I get my child up and to school on time?” and “How can I get my child to be organized and do homework” are answered with proactive, research-based strategies, with the focus that parents are the most important teachers of their children. Filled with realistic, practical ideas and Connie’s signature wisdom, this book will jump start your child’s progress and help to create a positive, more stress-free school experience for both you and your child."