Capturebook coverMost parents of children on the autism spectrum worry about their offspring’s future. ‘Different or Disabled? A Positive Approach to Parenting a Child on the Autism Spectrum’ by Dr Charlotte Aldred describes the techniques which enabled her son, John, to develop into a happy, fulfilled and independent adult from a child who had great difficulty relating to and communicating with his peers, coping with change or noise, engaging in motor activities, organising himself, concentrating, spelling or taking notes.

The book is intended for a wide readership; parents and carers, those on the spectrum and those who suspect they may be, health and educational professionals, researchers and employers who come into contact with people on the spectrum.

Professor Uta Frith, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience & Dept. Psychology, University College, London, said:

“I can see immediately that this is a very valuable book which will be helpful to many other parents and also to many researchers… I think that your endeavour to tell your story from the point of view of self-help is going to be inspirational.”

‘Different or Disabled?’ provides parents of children on the autism spectrum with encouragement and hope as well as ideas and understanding. It describes the parenting methods Charlotte used, the decisions she made, her reasoning behind them, the challenges met, and what (in hindsight) could have been done better. A key feature of the book is John’s input; his voice is heard throughout, explaining why he behaved as he did and how the world felt to him. Aldred includes many quotes from others which puts her experience into a wider context.

Readers will learn about many aspects of child development frequently associated with the autism spectrum, including issues related to:

  • prematurity
  • feeding, sleeping and using the toilet
  • health, including anxiety
  • sensory sensitivity
  • motor skills
  • coping with change
  • language and communication
  • play
  • reading, spelling and school
  • concentration, distractibility and ‘special’ interests
  • memory
  • siblings
  • computer use
  • assessments and diagnosis

Prof Rita Jordan, Emeritus Professor in Autism Studies in the School of Education, University of Birmingham, said:

“This looks to be really great!… I think it is very worthwhile… I am most impressed… the content may be slightly different to that you would find in ‘professional’ books, but that is its strength. It looks as if you are dealing with the range of issues that are omitted from many books but will be of great interest to parents.”

‘Different or Disabled? A Positive Approach to Parenting a Child on the Autism Spectrum’ by Dr Charlotte Aldred is available as an e-book from priced at £14.99.For additional information visit