Living Autism Day-by-Day: Daily Reflections & Strategies to Give You Hope & Courage by P. Bryson-Weaver

Living Autism Day-by-Day: Daily Reflections & Strategies to Give You Hope & Courage by P. Bryson-Weaver

“The Importance of Realizing You Are Not Alone”, this is what Pamela Bryson-Weaver hopes her book, Living Autism Day-by-Day: Daily Reflections and Strategies to Give You Hope and Courage will accomplish. Two of Pamela Bryson-Weaver’s three children have special needs; John, her youngest son, has autism and Joshua has Tourettes and ADHD; therefore, if you are raising or working with a child with special needs she knows what it is like.

After they received the diagnosis of autism, Pamela tumbled through life with denial, anxiety, guilt, confusion, anger, depression, and fear. To help her cope, she started a journal of her feelings, what she was grateful for, and what she was learning about autism. Twelve years later, when her autistic son was fifteen Living Autism Day-by-Day: Daily Reflections and Strategies to Give You Hope and Courage  was published.

About Living Autism Day-by-Day: a 6-time award-winning book 

Ms. Bryson-Weaver shares with others struggling with autism her uplifting thoughts, helpful resources, and even the blessings of autism in her day-by-day almanac. In Living Autism Day-by-Day each day of the year has a page that starts with a quotation, and a reflection about autism. Then you find simple actions to help you live autism day-by-day followed by a lined space to add your own notes, thoughts, and ideas. This book may be read all at once and then re-read day-by-day. The second time hopefully you will take the time to journal in your feelings as this has proven to be very therapeutic.

The entries address the world of autism and include some of the following:

  • practical advice
  • inspiring stories and quotes
  • household tips
  • humorous anecdotes
  • facts and statistics
  • hope and encouragement
  • strategies and tips on autistic child-care
  • insights for family, clients, and friends wanting to learn more about autism
  • treatments and research

Living Autism Day-by-Day has 448 pages and is the perfect size to handle well and it is very well made to withstand years of use. It has a handy index to quickly find information and at the end it has lists of educational and professional resources.

 Excerpt from Living Autism Day-by-Day

March 13

A multitude of small delight constitute happiness. ~ Charles Baudelaire

Do you feel deprived because you are so busy now dealing with the diagnosis of autism? Have you grieved over the fact that life has become less enjoyable, pleasurable, or delightful at times? That maybe you are not free to pursue some recreations for the time being –like parties, travel, dancing, movies, or television? If so, it is time to put some joy back into your life. Look for and learn to enjoy the thousand little things that occur in daily life: a sunrise, a long walk, a piece of music, the sound of birds, eye contact or a smile from your child with autism.

~ Just for Today ~

Even in the monotony of my life, I will grieve, then open my eyes and heart to receive a succession of fresh delights.

MY NOTES

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Awards won by Living Autism Day-by-Day by Pamela Bryson-Weaver

 

About Website, livingautismnow.com 

In addition to her book, Pamela Bryson-Weaver has created a website where people around the world can share their experiences, research information, and realize they are not alone. LivingAutismNow maintains the philosophy that every person or family dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders is entitled to the best support available from their community. Their mission statement reads, “…In this light, we ensure to provide an accessible portal for families, caregivers, service providers, businesses and professionals to connect with each other in a fast and easy manner. We ensure to provide all the support to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ensure they are well cared for by the community where they belong, and get them to lead the life they choose. By letting affected families get to know each other, and by linking them to trusted experts in their community, a much better perspective and knowledge can be gained for them to get the support they need.

It is our mission and philosophy to make Living Autism Now easy, fulfilling and rewarding. Together, this web portal will deliver a positive impact on people’s lives.”

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Sage Advice found in Living Autism Day-by-Day

While I was reading Living Autism Day-by-Day, I was taking notes to help me write my review. I found numerous, favorite quotes and call-to-action prompts that I wanted to share with you to show you how inspiring Ms Bryon-Weaver’s book is. Here are a few:

  • Today I will release my anger appropriately.
  • Having a child on the autism spectrum heightens our appreciation for small triumphs.
  • “Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.” ~ Lyman Abbott
  • I focus on what’s happening now instead of worrying about what’s going to happen.
  • If you have a child with ASD, individual, marital, or family therapy is recommended.
  • Helping your child with autism label and describe feelings will enable you both to talk about them more clearly.
  • To finish this review, I end with an excellent statement on the last page of Living Autism Day-by-Day, ” Always unique, totally interesting, sometimes mysterious, A-U-T-I-S-M acceptance is the greatest gift you can give someone with autism.

Pamela Bryson-Weaver Author of Living Autism Day-by-Day: Daily Reflections and Strategies to Give You Hope and Courage About the Author

Pamela Bryson-Weaver is an autism parent advocate and the Founder, CEO, and leading force behind Living Autism Now. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist and is co-owner of the Regent Dental Care in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Two of her three children have special needs; John, her youngest son, has autism and Joshua has Tourettes and ADHD. Pamela’s sage advice, knowledge, and experience as a mother of an autistic child make her a person others raising children with special needs can relate to. She is an advocate for autism, a speaker on autism, and now and author on autism. She is a head of non-profits, a business owner in the field of dentistry where she has worked with clients with autism.

As past president of the Autism Society in New Brunswick, Canada, her activism has allowed her to work with government members of Parliament and other parents. With their combined efforts, all children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in her province of New Brunswick, Canada receive $20,000 a year for treatment. She served as the Director of Pee Wee Active Living, formally Junior Special Olympics, a program she began in her city. Bryson-Weaver also produced and promoted through Canada’s largest woman’s’ league a resolution on autism that was presented locally, provincially, and nationally, and was passed nationally in Canada 2004.

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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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