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Stand up for autism: a boy, a dog, and a perscription for laughter

Stand up for autism: a boy, a dog, and a perscription for laughter

Derbyshire, Georgina J

Parenting a child on the autistic spectrum can be tough at the best of times, but few books celebrate the love and laughter and autistic child can elicit in their parents and those around them. In this warm, laugh-out-loud tale of bringing up Bobby, Georgina Derbyshire shares and rejoices in his 'slightly different' childhood

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Jessica Kingsley, 2010

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Statement of responsibility: Georgina J. Derbyshire
ISBN: 1849050996, 9781849050999
Physical Description: 140 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Derbyshire, Bobby Mental health.; Health and Fitness.; Autistic children Care Anecdotes.; Mothers and sons.; Derbyshire, Georgina J.; Autism Anecdotes.


  1. Preface. Introduction
  2. Why Have I Written This Book? 1. This is Bobby. 2. Barking at Parents and Toddlers. 3. Tape Measures, Sticks and Stealing Rocks. 4. Trolley Wars and Battles with Fruit. 5. Holiday Horrors and Disastrous Days Out. 6. Sleeping is Not an Option. 7. The 'A' Word is Not Autism.

Author note

Georgina Derbyshire lives with her 10 year old son, Bobby, on the outskirts of a small town in Derbyshire. Starting her career at a local newspaper, she then went on to work for the courts service, join the police force, become a financial advisor and now works in sales & marketing. As diverse a career history as she has had, she considers her most challenging and rewarding role to be that of mother to a child on the autistic spectrum. Georgina and Bobby enjoy walking in woods, playing in water, snow and sand, anything to do with wild animals and having obscure conversations about the meaning of life.


Stand up for Autism by Georgina J. Derbyshire is a delightful and light-hearted book about the author's son, Bobby, who has Autism... the author takes us on the insightful journey through Bobby's life and, in doing so, helps demonstrate how Autism is something that should be celebrated and embraced... This book is strongly recommended not only to parents and families with an autistic child, but also to anyone who comes into contact with or is planning to work with such families.||A book that explains stammering in a concise, accessible manner and uses the voices of children and young people to explain how it feels from their viewpoint, clears up the myths that surround it and offers a wealth of advice as to how parents, teachers and friends can help and support, is surely a real treasure. This book does all that and more.||"Stand Up for Autism" is a book written by a mother, Georgina Derbyshire, about her own experiences of having a young son with autism.... It is a readable detailed narrative of a parent's experience, not just a mother's and that experiences' meaning to other relationships in Derbyshire's life. Using examples from her life with her son, Derbyshire addresses basic questions that families/parents might themselves go through: Should I explain my child to strangers? How do I manage my autistic child on a plane? How do I get to sleep?||Derbyshire shares humorous anecdotes, as in a chapter titled "Barking at Parents and Toddlers," and disastrous trips to the supermarket; "not my idea of fun" the author says (a runaway cart; an unsuspecting shopper in the produce aisle). She relays snippets of the amusing daily she has with her son and conveys her tale with deliberate lightness and wit.