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Chicken Soup for the Soul for ASD parents! review and #giveaway

We all know, as parents of kids "on the spectrum", the feeling of being alone, not having anyone around us that understands what it's like day to day with these amazing, incredible, wonderful kids of ours. It can be frustrating, exhilarating, exhausting, hilarious, and heartbreaking to parent these unique little people of ours. Most days, I'm convinced that Logan teaches me far more than I have ever taught him.

As Autism and Asperger's diagnosis' increase, and as awareness increases, the number of parents looking for support and understanding increases as well. Chicken Soup for the Soul has come out with a book of 101 stories written by parents of children with Autism and Asperger's, and I was impressed! In keeping with the high standards of other Chicken Soup books, this book will offer comfort and support and understanding apart from support groups online.

Covering such topics as therapies and tips, funny moments, getting the diagnosis, school and camp, family and siblings, hopes, expectations, and leaving the nest, this CSS book will be appropriate for every ASD parent.

Some authors may be familiar, like Big Daddy Stark, Dawn Hentrich , and Leigh Merryday. But regardless of whether I was familiar with the writer or not, each and every story in this book touched me in some way, and left me feeling a little lighter. Advertised as "A portable support group for families with children on the spectrum- with inspirational stories, useful tips, and solid advice from other parents!", this book is right on.

Though I read it from cover to cover, it's formatted in a way that going from story to story in no particular order would be just as satisfying. I have to say... CSS, you get 18 thumbs up! I love this book, and think that every parent should have one, whether they have a child with ASD or not. It's that good.

This quote from co-author Nancy Burrows says it all:
"I remember when my son was first diagnosed. It was like I was staring into the abyss, and I felt this need to turn somewhere for information...
"...I would have loved to have this book to turn to for support, guidance and tips. There's a big difference between Googling 'autism' on the internet and reading 101 stories from parents who have already been there."

And, the great news is, one of my lucky lucky US readers will get to win one of these books of their very own! How completely cool is that?! Enter to win by using the rafflecopter form below. Entries made in blog comments below the post will not be counted. Please read all terms and conditions within the rafflecopter form before entering. Giveaway ends 6/12 at 12am EST.

Chicken Soup for the Soul, CSS, and cover art are property of Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC and are used here with permission for purposes of this review.

I was provided a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. My opinion may vary from yours.
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