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Autism in the Family
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Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D., along with his wife Cindy N. Ariel, Ph.D., has a full-time independent practice in psychology that specialises in working with families of children with special needs. He is a family consultant at Specare Pediatric Center, which provides a medical home for children with special health care needs in the Delaware Valley, and serves as a consultant to school districts, special education parent groups, and human services organisations.

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"Brimming with helpful hints, understanding of family dynamics, and insight this book is a must read for anyone desiring to support individuals with autism and their families."--Stephen Shore, Ed.D."Professor of Special Education, Adelphi University; internationally known author, consultant, and presenter on issues related to autism; person on the autism spectrum" (10/16/2012)
"This book is one of the best for new parents . . . Dr. Naseef's book reflects his dedication to learn more about his son; teach him; face stress, denial, and anger; and reach acceptance."--Dr. Samira Al-Saad"Founder & Director of Kuwait Center for Autism, Vice-President of World Autism Organisation" (10/02/2012)
"Autism in the Family presents a father's perspective on coping with a child who has severe autism. Fathers often have difficulty expressing their feelings and this book should be required reading for all fathers who have a child with a disability."--Temple Grandin"author, Thinking in Pictures" (10/04/2012)
"Every family who receives a diagnosis of autism for their child should be given this book with a hot cup of tea and a warm blanket. Autism in the Family is an indispensable read, bound to be read again and again throughout a child's life."--Shana Nichols"Owner/Director of ASPIRE Centre for Learning and Development and author of Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum" (10/02/2012)
"Insightful, accurate and very personal . . . should be helpful to any parent whose journey includes a child with autism. Naseef has provided important information in a caring and compassionate manner."--Kenneth Thurman, Ph.D."Professor of Special Education, Temple University" (10/02/2012)
"With a comprehensive view of autism across the lifespan, Naseef shares real-life stories to illustrate the emotions and challenges faced by parents, couples, siblings, extended family and individuals living with ASD. Naseef encourages readers to understand and accept those with ASD, and to ultimately connect, adapt, cope, hope, and flourish."--Emily Iland, M.A."award-winning author, educator, parent, and advocate; President of the Autism Society of Los Angeles" (09/24/2012)
"Robert Naseef has the highly valuable ability to combine personal experience with clinical knowledge in a way that creates hope, strength and peace for parents and families of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder."--Maggi Sullivan"Autism Services Manager, Ontario ARC" (09/26/2012)
"A wonderful resource . . . It recognizes the fact that having a child diagnosed with autism is indeed life-changing but it can take you on a powerful journey of discovery about yourself and those around you. I wish I had had this book to read as I was raising my own (now adult) child with autism."--Judy Swett"Early Childhood Coordinator, PACER Center" (10/08/2012)
"An excellent resource for families and professionals alike. I am moved and inspired by the stories of Naseef and others that are woven in, and will be sharing this [book] with students, families and colleagues!"--Helen McCabe, Ph.D."Associate Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges" (10/03/2012)
"Provides insight and guidance for maintaining a balanced marriage and family when a child with special needs is part of the family. For families just receiving a diagnosis to families beginning the journey through adolescence, Dr. Naseef offers wisdom and hope."--Bradford Hulcher"Executive Director, Autism Society, Central VA" (10/05/2012)
"Rarely does an author speak to the darkest moments while so eloquently providing hope and reason to celebrate. Dr. Naseef shows us how to connect with our children where they are. He encourages us through his stories and experiences that together we can live an abundantly beautiful new life with our children."--Kent Potter"founder of AutismSpot.com and father of a son with autism" (10/05/2012)
"Combining the skills of an experienced therapist, the talents of an inspired teacher, and the courage to share the wisdom gained from often painful personal experience, Dr. Naseef is the consummate advocate not only for the child but also for the entire family."--Lawrence W. Brown, MD"Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics; Director, Pediatric Neuropsychiatry Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia" (10/05/2012)
"I literally laughed and cried . . . Naseef does a remarkable job of providing guidance and insight to families while sharing his own compelling story of raising a child on the spectrum. This is one of the most honest books I have ever read on the subject. It is direct, warm, compelling, and ever so helpful."--Paula Kluth, Ph.D."author of You're Going to Love This Kid: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom" (10/03/2012)
"A powerful exploration of the impact autism has on the entire family . . . Naseef's personal story and pictures are compelling and add depth and honesty to the subject matter. Highly recommended."--James May, M.A., M.Ed. L.M.H.C."(retired) Director, National Father's Network" (10/02/2012)
"Touching, caring, and compassionate . . . offers readers reasoned and reasonable guidance to negotiate parents' greatest challenges in raising a child with serious disabilities and making very difficult choices as [the child] reaches adulthood."--Sam Goldstein, Ph.D."co-author, Raising Resilient Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder" (10/02/2012)
"Rarely does a book deliver both breadth and depth. In a single volume, you can explore the breadth of the full family lifespan and the depth of every family relationship-parental, marital, sibling, and extended family. Excellent investment."--Ann Turnbull, Ed.D."University of Kansas" (10/05/2012)
"A comprehensive view of autism across the lifespan . . . Naseef encourages readers to understand and accept those with ASD, and to ultimately connect, adapt, cope, hope, and flourish."--Emily Iland, M.A."award-winning author, educator, parent, and advocate; President of the Autism Society of Los Angeles" (09/24/2012)
"Helps families move beyond grief and into acceptance where the new normal lives. From managing stress and toilet training to adulthood, Dr. Naseef guides you along this complex and difficult journey, shedding guilt and anxiety as you go, until you find yourself in a place where you can celebrate your unique child and all the wonderful things he or she is."--Nancy Bernotaitis"Parent to an adolescent with autism and moderator for Moms Fighting Autism" (09/24/2012)
"Beautifully written by Dr. Naseef, both a parent and professional, Autism in the Family explores the depths of the experience of autism, with practical guidance for a true holistic approach that is essential reading for family members and professionals."--Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP"Adjunct Professor, Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University; Director, Childhood Communication Services, Cranston, RI" (10/08/2012)
"Will enable parents, family members, and professionals to appreciate what they can and cannot do to address the lifelong challenges of loving and caring for a child or adult on the autism spectrum."--Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D."co-founder and former Editor in Chief, Exceptional Parent magazine; co-editor, Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew" (10/04/2012)
"Dr. Naseef genuinely shares his family's journey with autism. He also provides valuable information for all families with children who have autism to understand that although our situations are as different as our children, we must make this journey together."--Joe Villalobos"father of a son with autism and special education teacher of children with autism" (10/05/2012)
"Very comprehensive, yet very readable . . . provides thoughtful ideas both on how to address specific challenges and on the bigger picture of caring for the whole family's emotional health during the journey."--Lars Perner, Ph.D."University of Southern California" (10/09/2012)
"I literally laughed and cried . . . This is one of the most honest books I have ever read on the subject. It is direct, warm, compelling, and ever so helpful."--Paula Kluth, Ph.D."author of You're Going to Love This Kid: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom" (10/03/2012)
"A lifeline of support, guidance, research, and practice. With his firsthand experience as a parent, psychologist and advocate, Dr. Naseef has created an invaluable resource for families as well as for educators and clinicians."--Barbara Firestone, Ph.D.
"Naseef has found that elusive balance between writing a book that is informative and insightful and also warm and inviting . . . Every family who receives a diagnosis of autism for their child should be given this book with a hot cup of tea and a warm blanket. Autism in the Family is an indispensable read, bound to be read again and again throughout a child's life. A truly wonderful resource." --Shana Nichols
"Eloquently translate[s] the latest research into terms understandable to all . . . the author walks you through the field of autism spectrum disorders in a way that is unmatched. I highly recommend it!" --V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.

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