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Apr 05, 2022 | ISBN 9780593508398 | 584 Minutes

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“Written by a young mother herself, Leigh’s book will help families newly grappling with the diagnosis of autism with wise, honest, and helpful advice.”
—Susan Senator, author of Autism Adulthood: Insights and Creative Strategies for a Fulfilling Life

 “The Scenic Route is a must-read guide for families who have a child with autism who remains nonverbal with severe behavior problems. Lots of good practical and down-to-earth advice.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures

 “ ‘A sense of humor and a sense of wonder can get you far,’ says Leigh Mer­ryday Porch, in her moving and beautifully written book The Scenic Route. Warm, reassuring, and candid about her own wrong turns and detours, Porch is a gifted storyteller. She deftly weaves personal narrative with practical guidance in this realistic yet often humorous road map to navi­gating the struggles and joys of raising an autistic child. Eloquent and instructive, The Scenic Route is must-reading for every parent and profes­sional working with autistic children.”
—Liane Kupferberg Carter, author of Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up with Autism

 “The book is such a beautiful expression of the author’s love for her kids— and an unflinching depiction of every aspect of the experience. So much vital information and advice along with so much heart. Its narrative voice is perfect—reading it feels like sitting down for a long cup of coffee (or wine) with a good friend you turn to for advice, hugs, pep talks, tough love, and shared laughter and tears. A must-read for any parent starting out on the journey; for moms like me who have been on this road for al­most twenty years; and for the families, friends, and teachers who touch our kids’ lives along the way.”
—Nancy Burrows, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum

“If you have a child with autism, The Scenic Route is like a sit-down with an utterly pragmatic and empathetic fellow parent who’s already been there and faced all the same bewildering questions. It’s candid, thought­ful, and truly helpful.”
—Paul Collins, author of Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism

“It’s no surprise that a former librarian has written What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The Autism Version. Leigh’s insights are poignant and thoughtful, her focus on preparing the child for the village, as well as the village for the child. A must-read for anyone interested in advocacy.”
—Jeni Decker, author of I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames

“Leigh has a talent for sharing her experiences both as a mother of a child with autism and as a professional in the field with a perfect balance of vulnerability and wisdom. The Scenic Route is compelling and relatable as a memoir but also as a guide to less obvious dynamics, issues, and culture of raising a child on the autism spectrum within family and community systems. A wonderful read regardless of where you might be with your child’s diagnosis.”
Jodi Collins, LCSW, presenter, two-time TEDx speaker on autism (and autism parent)

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