"'Never underestimate the power of a parent fighting to save her child, '" author Lori Ashley Taylor says in Dragonfly, her reassuring and practical guide to helping children with autism maximize their potential. A veteran classroom teacher and autism parent, she deftly weaves personal narrative with practical guidance to synthesize a wealth of invaluable resources, checklists, case histories, educational supports and accommodations. Moving and instructive, this is a book that parents of an autistic child will want to keep on their bedside table
--Liane Kupferberg Carter, author of Ketchup Is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism
"This book stands out in its honesty, depth of feeling, and insight
into raising a child on the autistic spectrum. It also stands out in Ms. Taylor's practical suggestions for meeting educational, social, and family goals. It is worth reading by parents and by persons interested in autism and its impacts."
--Michael Bernick, former director of the California Department of Labor and author of The Autism Job Club
"I wish this book had been available 25 years ago when my son was born. I have read many books, each one has their own unique purpose and message about autism. Many of my favorite books are mentioned as reference. However, this book I could not put down. I even took notes to use when my son Conner and I speak to newly diagnosed families. I will recommend this book to every family
that has joined us in the newly diagnosed journey."
--Sharon Lee Cummings, co-publisher of Zoom
"I am so impressed about how honest, open, frank, and straightforward
Lori Ashley Taylor is in this book. And, in that way, the message is comforting to others. I completely appreciate Lori telling parents to give themselves a break if they didn't notice signs and symptoms right away, how to help siblings (younger or older) cope, and the other advice and guidance she provides. I highly recommend Dragonfly
--Dr. Alycia Halladay, Chief Science Officer at the Autism Science Foundation
"Through a weave of stories, flashbacks, and experiences, Ms. Taylor provides honest reflections and lessons learned about her family's journey with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She seamlessly integrates views from a diverse parent roundtable to reveal both the shared and unique experiences of those affected by ASD. The writing provides a raw and heartfelt look into both the child's and family's emotions, experiences, and ultimate transformation that will impact and benefit not only families starting their journey but also those continuing forward and reflecting back. Caregivers and professionals will gain insight and understanding needed to wholly support this special population."
--Dr. Naomi B. Swiezy, Director, HANDS in Autism(R) Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center
"As a fellow autism parent and school system veteran, Dragonfly
resonated with many of my own emotions and experiences. From page one, the author engages us with the story of her family and the transformation they undergo. While my own autism journey began quite differently, I found a profound kinship with Lori and her daughter. The author tells her story with a genuine and charming style that is moving and powerful. Paired with invaluable resources and a wealth of knowledge, this book is both heartwarming and practical. I wish I'd had this book 15 years ago!"
--Kim M. Post, MSE; Autism consultant and founder of autisMentor.com
"When a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, every family member begins a journey that can be daunting. This book captures Lori's journey as she pursues a diagnosis and interventions personalized for her child's needs. It is an impressive journey as she consults with professionals, family members, and others on the autism spectrum. Having met Lori on this journey, it was clear that she persisted through many stages and moved forward with determination. This book serves as a thoughtful, well-written and realistic guide for other family members. Thank you, Lori, for honestly sharing your story."
--Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D, Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism