Lipstick and Autism

Not All Days Are Rosy And Pink

by Lauren Ratcliff



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/10/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9798369406977
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9798369406960
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 266
ISBN : 9798369406984

About the Book

Autism is the fastest growing and most common developmental disorder. Imagine the frustration and anxiety over taking your child to a team of medical specialists to be told that they have a lifelong and often debilitating developmental disorder with no cure and limited treatment options? Lauren's parents knew something was different about her from the time she was an infant but as she entered Kindergarten in the fall of 1986 her differences were very obvious to everyone around her as compared to other children her age. A few months later in early 1987 Lauren’s parents took her to see a team of pediatric specialists and it was then confirmed that she had an incurable and lifelong disorder then known as Pervasive Developmental Disorder and was later diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when it was listed in diagnostic criteria. Today that would be known as autism spectrum disorder classified as level one to three based on the type and severity of the disorder. Like so many other parents with special needs children Lauren’s parents faced many trials and tribulations with treatment options including health costs, limited yet very expensive treatment options that did not always work, and dealing with people who oftentimes misunderstood Lauren. When Lauren was a young child growing up in the 1980s and 90’s in a rural area in eastern Kentucky little was known about the Autism Spectrum in general, let alone the high functioning type of the disorder that Lauren has. Because of this Lauren often felt stigmatized for her condition in addition to feeling isolated and alone. Like many others with Autism Spectrum Disorders Lauren has faced her share of challenging symptoms and in this book, she shares her personal experience with High Functioning Autism and how it has impacted her life. In this memoir book written by Lauren firsthand about her entire life she explains what it was like to live with autism spectrum disorder from a personal perspective and hopes to also educate others about the condition and erase the stigma associated with the disorder.

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