Book review: Autism mothers speak out

Apologies, blog followers, I’ve lost my blogging mojo, but it doesn’t mean I’m not writing!

Here is an extract and link for you to read my first journal piece, a book review published in Disability and Society.

Autism Mothers Speak Out is an anthology of accounts by mothers of autistic children, now adults, born between the mid 1960s and late 1990s across the world. The purpose of the book is both to challenge the ‘refrigerator mother’ theory of autism, the notion that autism can be caused by bad mothering, and to showcase the advocacy work of mothers. The introduction, written by one of the co-editors, Maggi Golding, an educational consultant in South Africa, outlines changes in perceptions of autism since her first encounter with an autistic child in 1957. As a former teacher in a psychiatric children’s hospital from the late 1950s, she describes an incongruence between the dominant psychoanalytic theories and treatments based on ‘mother blame’, and the committed and devoted mothers she encountered. Fellow co-editor, Jill Stacey, President of the World Autism Organisation and one of the founders of Autism South Africa, contributes a chapter to this book…

To read the rest of this review please click here:

Open access link to book review of ‘Autism mothers speak out’