Conversations About Autism: Real-Life Experiences of Struggle, Acceptance, and Hope

What is autism? What will life look like with a child on the autism spectrum? If you are a parent or family member of a child newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you may ask yourself these questions. Information you find could be technical and confusing. You may wish you could hear from other parents of children with autism.

Conversations About Autism takes you into the homes of thirteen families as parents reveal with heartfelt honesty the uncertainty, struggles, blessings, and joys that are theirs as the parents of one or more children with autism. Several adults on the spectrum candidly share how they have navigated through a society that does not always understand their differences or needs. Through the straightforward, spontaneous words of these real people, you will glimpse the everyday life of families who have found acceptance on their journey.  You will also discover that you are not alone.

These stories are recorded and shared by Debbie Frick, a retired educator. Her time spent with children on the spectrum and their parents motivated her to invite parents of children with autism to share in their own words their experiences with other families to support them on their journey. These men and women believe in her mission. They openly and honestly speak to you through her.

The personal events these families revealed are divided by topics such as sensory issues, family life, financial struggles, and meltdowns. This format enables you to navigate to subjects that most touch your family’s daily life. Simple, relatable stories based on the author’s years in the classroom introduce most chapters and provide background that is understandable to someone just learning about autism.

The men and women who frankly related their poignant stories have opened their lives to you, the reader. They hope that their combined voices and experiences will enable you to recognize parts of your own story and will offer you hope, guidance, and acceptance.