Item description for Embarrassed Often, Ashamed Never by Lisa B. Elliott & Penny Chiles...
In this cross between Chicken Soup for the Soul and the best of Erma Bombeck, the author, the mother of a young boy with Asperger Syndrome, gives us a rare glimpse of the ups and downs of family life with an individual who has autism spectrum disorder. From swim meets to Chinese restaurants, from school to church, to birthday parties, and everything in between, the reader is let into the everyday lives of the Elliott family. At once tender and hilarious, the episodes in the book all illustrate the basic tenet of this charming book - while living with a child with autism spectrum disorder often leads to embarrassing moments, nobody ever needs to be ashamed.
Lisa Elliott enlightens, encourages ... and makes her readers laugh. The brief chapters, categorized under the autism spectrum characteristics they best portray, make great reading for waiting rooms, bus commutes, lunch breaks and other moments when we can leave the world around us for a few moments to refresh ourselves only to return with a more informed, positive attitude.
This book is a must read for parents, family members, educators and others who live and work with individuals who have autism spectrum disorders.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 20, 2002
Publisher Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN 1931282129 ISBN13 9781931282123
Availability 0 units.
More About Lisa B. Elliott & Penny Chiles
Elliott holds a finance degree from Indiana University's School of Business.
Lisa B. Elliott currently resides in Indianapolis, in the state of Indiana.
Reviews - What do customers think about Embarrassed Often, Ashamed Never?
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL BOOK ~ ONE OF THE BEST Apr 24, 2007
This is absolutely one of the best books I have read on Asperger Syndrome! When our son was diagnosed two years ago, I read and read and read as many books as I could on AS. Many were way over my head as they were so technical, some were hard to follow, several seemed to focus mainly on the negatives . . . EMBARRASSED OFTEN, ASHAMED NEVER IS THE PERFECT READ FOR A PARENT WITH A NEWLY DIAGNOSED CHILD OR FOR AN EDUCATOR.
When our son was first diagnosed, we weren't sure about the diagnosis as we had never heard of Aspergers. We researched on the internet and thought, "okay, this is familiar, maybe so." We read this book and thought, "WOW, THIS IS OUR SON!"
The title and the theme of the book fit our life . . . we are often embarrassed but we are never, ever ashamed. Be sure to buy this one, you won't regret it!
The Beat of a Different Drum Nov 23, 2006
This book is a Godsend. It makes me think of the Stone Poneys' 1968 hit, "Beat of a Different Drum" and Herman Kelly & Life's "Let's Dance to the Drummer's Beat." You are treated to a drum medley of delightful anecdotes about life with Asperger's Syndrome (AS).
AS is the spectrum partner to autism and is a sensory, neurobiological condition that affects sensory integration, processing and communication to varying degrees. One of the many good things about having AS is that people with it make things more interesting and present logic from different, but equally valid perspectives. That's what's so wonderful about this book -- it does an excellent job of underscoring that point. Best of all, it instills pride among the autism/Asperger's (a/A) community.
Celebrate being on the a/A spectrum; enjoy some wonderful drumming and march to your own different drummer while you dance to the beat of a different drum done by the drummer's beat. I love this kind of book!
reader from Florida Jan 30, 2003
Embarrassed Often Ashamed Never is an easy to read book. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I found this book full of "human real life" stories that touched my heart. As I was reading I could picture in my mind just what was actually happening in the story she was telling. I appreciate the openess that Lisa and her family shared with us in the book. One of my friends that works with children in the school that have Asperger Syndrome recommend that I read the book so as a parent working in the school it would give me a better understanding of some of our special children. Now I try to look at situations through their eyes when I'm helping out at school. Everyone should read this book.
Poignant and Humurous Jan 30, 2003
As a professional I feel this easy-to-read book provides insights into the everyday experiences of a family living with a child with autism spectrum disorder. Lisa invites the reader to take a glimpse into her family life by sharing poignant and humorous stories of their experiences. Through the experiences of her son, Clark, Lisa reminds is that although living with a child with autism spectrum disorder often leads to embarrassing moments, nobody ever needs to be ashamed. This enlightening book is a must read for parents, family members and professionals who live and work with individuals who have autism spectrum disorders
Humorous, yet indepth short stories on Autism/Asperger's Oct 28, 2002
Lisa graciously invites us into her unique family life. We learn about autism/asperger's through poignant and humorous short stories of their experiences. This book amazingly manages to be light-hearted and indepth at the same time. After reading this book I was better educated about autism spectrum disorders but NOT through doctors and text books but through the insights and strengths of one family dealing with Autism. I highly recommend this uplifting book to everyone.