Reviewed by Helen Doyle


‘I heard a parent give a talk on “managing challenging behav.iour”. She was talking about the challenging behaviour of the professionals. She described how parents have to cope with a triad of impairments: health, education and social services, and gave some excellent examples of what the challenging behav.iour of professionals can lead to.’

The above extract is taken from the book Constructive cam.paigning for autism service’, a handbook written primarily for and by parents of children with autism living in England and Wales. The book contains examples of how parents have suc.cessfully campaigned for services, as well as problems and fail.ures experienced by others. Effective communication and respect between professionals and parents is highlighted.

This book is simply written and shows how parents can make a difference. It explains that campaigning is not a negative word, but rather an organised and positive course of action.

Don’t let the facts and figures applicable to England and Wales put you off, as the author does offer excellent advice on campaigning for services, no matter where you live. If you are a parent of a child on the autistic spectrum, and you want to fight for change, this book is for you.

CONSTRUCTIVE CAMPAIGNING FOR AUTISM SERVICE: the PACE parents handbook, by Armorer Wason. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. ISBN 1.84310-387.7 £11.99