Raelene Dundon is a parent, a psychologist and the author of Talking with Your Child about Their Autism Diagnosis: A Guide for Parents. In this piece, Raelene tells her personal story of how she came to write this book, and what she hopes it will achieve. You can also read an edited extract from the book on our blog, here.
Looking back on where this book really started, I would have to say that it was 10 years in the making. It was about 10 years ago that my son Aaron was diagnosed with Autism, and I was launched into a world of speech therapy, behavioural intervention, visual supports and questions – lots of questions.
I was already a registered Psychologist at the time, and had been working with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities in an early intervention program in Melbourne, Australia. While with hindsight I can honestly say that my experience of being a parent to a child with Autism has been a challenging but overwhelmingly positive one, I can still remember the moment I was told that Aaron had Autism and my reaction was one I have since seen many other parents go through – fear, sadness, and confusion.
New book Talking With Your Child About Their Autism Diagnosis is a guide to aid discussion and understanding between parents and children. In this blog, edited and adapted from Chapter 3 of the book, author Raelene Dundon breaks down the reasons why she recommends being open and honest with your child about autism.
Is it important to tell a child they have autism? Do they need to know? Will they figure it out for themselves? What does the future look like if they don’t know?
These are questions that parents of children with autism may ask themselves many times from the time their child receives their diagnosis, and the answer is not a straightforward one. Depending on who you talk to, there are different opinions on whether it is necessary to tell your child about their autism or not.
We publish a range of books for therapists, counsellors and healthcare practitioners who work with gender variant individuals. From informative guides to personal memoirs, our books offer support and promote greater understanding of gender identity and expression. This collection includes books that address themes of gender identity, sexuality, relationships, transitioning and mental health. For more information on new books and to receive a copy of our new catalogue, join our mailing list here.
Matthew Mills and Gillie Stoneham
Written by two specialist speech and language therapists, this book explains how voice and communication therapy can help transgender and non-binary people to find their authentic voice. It gives a thorough account of the process, from understanding the vocal mechanism through to assimilating new vocal skills and new vocal identity into everyday situations, and includes exercises to change pitch, resonance and intonation. Each chapter features insider accounts from trans and gender diverse individuals who have explored or are exploring voice and communication related to their gender expression, describing key aspects of their experience of creating and maintaining a voice that feels true to them.
‘This pithy, practical guide is a treasure trove of rare and wonderful gems – particularly the exercises for trans men and non-binary people, often neglected but vulnerable to crippling self-consciousness and even phobia around speaking. Clinicians and clients alike, I unreservedly recommend The Voice Book to anyone looking to feminise, masculinise, neutralise or just explore the potential of voice.’ – Dr Stuart Lorimer, Consultant Psychiatrist
Who is this book for? Speech and language therapists, healthcare practitioners, counsellors, gender variant individuals
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Elemental Island is the first written collaboration between bestselling author of Blue Bottle Mystery & All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome Kathy Hoopmann & exciting new JKP author (Judit) J.S Kiss. In this interview for the JKP Blog they discuss challenging the stereotypes around autism, bridging the gap between mainstream and special ed and winning the Silver Nautilus Award for middle-grade fiction.
We are delighted to announce the establishment of a co-publishing partnership with the National Children’s Bureau, a leading children’s charity in the UK. Jessica Kingsley Publishers have taken on the publishing division of the NCB and will be adding over 80 titles on a range of subjects including education, social work, disability, counselling, and adoption and fostering to our existing backlist.
“The acquisition of the National Children’s Bureau publishing division represents an exciting proposition for JKP,” said Jessica Kingsley, Managing Director of JKP. “They are an excellent children’s services publisher with books founded on the expert knowledge of their staff. The chance to acquire classic NCB texts paired with a formal ongoing publishing relationship will enable us to further extend our existing publishing in the field of health, social care and education. It also provides us with a platform to expand our publishing in the field of early years, where National Children’s Bureau have an outstanding reputation for their work. The list perfectly complements the Jessica Kingsley Publishers’ aim to publish books that make a real difference to society.”
The National Children’s Bureau has been improving the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable, for 50 years. It works work with children and for children, to influence government policy, be a strong voice for young people and practitioners, and provide creative solutions on a range of social issues.
Annamarie Hassall, Interim Chief Executive and Director of Programmes at the NCB said: “Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd is a tremendous new home for National Children’s Bureau books, where they will benefit from the publishing, marketing and sales expertise that Jessica Kingsley Publishers represent. We are also extremely excited about the opportunities for new publishing and we look forward to working together in future.”
You can view the list of NCB titles here.