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The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide

Book Description
Given the daily challenges of raising a child with autism, it’s easy for parents to lose themselves and for their overall quality of life to plummet. In this book Susan Senator interweaves the voices of autism parents, researchers, and professionals to offer guidance and encouragement on how to find happiness and fulfillment in the midst of the struggles of raising an autistic child.


“Autism parents should keep this book close by for comfort and reassurance. Professionals will get a glimpse into the daily struggles facing the families that come through their offices. Susan has done us all a real service.”
-Eileen Costello, MD, coauthor of Quirky Kids

“This brilliant book offers a wealth of insights and advice on finding personal happiness and contentment while parenting a child with autism.”
-Tim Shriver, CEO of Special Olympics

“Every parent of a child with autism should read this book. It’s honest and hopeful in equal measure, a rare feat in the world of special needs.”
-Claire LaZebnik, coauthor of Overcoming Autism

“Senator knows well and writes eloquently about the real journey—both the sorrow and the joy—of being the mother of a boy with autism.”
-Karl Taro Greenfield, author of Boy Alone: A Brother’s Memoir

About the Author
Susan Senator is the mother of three boys, the oldest of whom has autism. A writer, speaker, and advocate for children and the disabled, she is the author of Making Peace with Autism: One Family’s Story of Struggle, Discovery and Unexpected Gifts.

Susan’s writing on autism has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Education Week, Teacher magazine, and Exceptional Parent magazine. She has also been featured on the Today show, CNN, NPR, and MSNBC. In 2006, in recognition of her writing about autism and the Special Olympics, she was invited to the White House.

For more information, autism resources, or to read her blog, visit

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