Outside Looking In: High-functioning autism from one mother's perspective

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Catalyst Publishers
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.41 inches | 0.58 pounds

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About the Author
As a retired air traffic controller, Vivian M. Lumbard is used to observing, compiling data and seeing patterns, as well as projecting what changes in those patterns-small or large-can mean to a desired outcome. So she views Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) just a bit differently than most, which helps with raising teenage twins with ASD challenges. She is happily married to John, and her family lives in a perpetually cluttered home in southwestern Pennsylvania. Her hobbies include genealogy, crochet and any other rabbit hole her interests beckon her to explore.

Award-winning Finalist in the Parenting & Family category of the 2020 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest

"... What results is a powerful account of breaking down stereotypes, homing in and focusing on what matters...writes with a deep passion for her family and her children, but also with a vigor to make sure that any person on the autistic spectrum is not simply noticed, but truly seen, heard and understood...Overall, I would highly recommend Outside Looking In for anyone who not only wants to understand autism in greater detail but also to learn how to think critically beyond stereotypes for all types of people they might meet in the future."-K.C.Finn, Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review

"...The best part of Outside Looking In is that it demonstrates a clear distinction between autism "awareness" and "understanding." While the world continues to espouse ASD awareness, the reality for people dealing with autism bear concerns that extend far beyond awareness. Part of understanding is that we should all aim to see every person with autism for the person as they are and not for what we think their diagnosis means. From a parent who has been there and still continues with her journey, we can all learn to make choices in dealing with the social and communicative impairments of the complex people we hold dear and lead them to a life they rightfully deserve."-Vincent Dublado, Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review

"...a non-fiction parenting book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of parents, teachers, and those who work with special needs children...My job as an after school counselor often involves working with children with autism, yet the advice I was given on how to work with these children only ever succeeded with a few of them. This book really opened my eyes to the fact that even though the children I work with all have the same condition, it does not mean that they should all receive the exact same type of help. This book helped me not just to have an awareness of autism, but also an understanding of it that I plan to employ at work to better assist each individual child that I work with. Overall, I am very pleased with the knowledge I gained from this book and I especially liked the way the author talked about how to apply her tips during COVID-19."-- Sefina Hawke, Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review

"If you're a parent or a teacher, chances are you'll wind up caring for a child with autism at some point. Because it can present so differently in every child, it can be hard to know what to do. Vivian's book doesn't give all the answers--no book can--but it's a heartfelt and plain-spoken story of one parent's journey and an excellent place to start for people who can feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available." --Jo Niederhoff, San Francisco Book Review

"This book provides a first-person glimpse into the reality of the daily life, struggles, and victories of a family learning to navigate the world through the lens of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I would strongly recommend this book to parents, educators, and helping professionals that are touched by ASD as it is a rarity to find a book such as this that provides insight into the world of ASD from a parental perspective."--Laura Walker, MS, NCC, LPC, CTP-C​