‘LIVING WITH SPECIAL ABILITIES- A Parent’s Journey with Autism’ is a book which embraces the author’s personal experiences as a parent of a child with special needs and a professional.
This book has been written keeping in mind the difficulties faced by children with various disabilities and their parents, while going through several phases of life. Most of the issues which are discussed here are commonly found in almost all childhood disabilities. Autism Spectrum Disorder has been taken as a base to explain the problems you may encounter while bringing up a special child. Various tests and trials have been discussed based on personal experiences. Some instances which are heart-rending and distressful have also been discussed so that the readers are aware of the possible difficulties in the different phases of the life of a special child. All the issues and instances discussed are accompanied with their respective explanations. There may be other ways of handling the problems encountered, but the author believes that sharing her own experiences may light a candle in the lives of parents, of special children. This may motivate them and help them gather sticks to ignite a fire which will bring acceptance and involvement, and enlighten their minds, which in turn would create a positive environment around them. Author’s research outcome and a few case studies have been discussed to throw light on certain facts of special world. Stories of a few special parents are also given, to fulfil the purpose. The author believes this book may also serve as a source for sensitization of the general public.
About the Author
Afroze Jahan is first of all, a mother of two boys who are striving to achieve their milestones of adolescent years and secondly, a professional in the field of mental health. As a budding author and a parent of a special child she has whole slew of ideas to pass on to the parents who stand in need of guidance. Her passion to help the parents and children led her to change her profession from a Microbiologist to a Psychologist; Mental Health Professional. This helped her refine her skills and confidently handle diverse situations in life. By sharing her experiences as a special parent, she intends to provide a soothing and comfortable environment for those parents who feel they are the only one in the whole world to face disability in life. She has specialized in child and adolescent issues, childhood disabilities, family issues, emotional issues, behavioural issues, educational issues, etc. She is currently empanelled as a Counsellor in the Ministry of Women and Child Development (Govt. of NCT of Delhi) and working as a Psychologist with an NGO- Tamana Autism centre. She has also worked with Udaan- an NGO working with special children and NIPCCD- National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Women and Child Development.