"Everyone who seeks a more compassionate and wise life will benefit from this wonderful, insightful, and beautiful book." Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul
One in 68 US children have an autism spectrum disorder, and with countless parenting books helping families care for children with special needs, Autism and the God Connection is the crucial, spiritual look at understanding a child with autism. Helping parents realize their child's unique spirit and reaffirm that every one of us is a blessing, this is an inspirational resource to discovering the intellect, beauty, and complexities of children with autism.
Through countless interviews, William Stillman documents extraordinary examples of spiritual giftedness, and boldly challenges our traditionally held beliefs about people with disabilities. Readers will discover hope, comfort, inspiration, and love through these affirming anecdotes of ordinary families.
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About the Author
As an adult with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild "cousin" of autism, Stillman's message of reverence and respect has touched thousands through his acclaimed autism workshops and private consultations. His national television appearances include CNN Medical News and the Maury Povich Show.
Stillman has a BS in Education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, and has worked to support people with different ways of being since 1987. He was formerly the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Retardation's statewide point person for children with intellectual impairment, mental health issues, and autism.
Stillman is at the forefront of the autism self-advocacy movement and is founder of the Pennsylvania Autism Self-Advocacy Coalition, which endeavors to educate and advise state and local government, law enforcement, educators, and the medical community. He serves on Pennsylvania's Autism Task Force and is on several autism and Asperger's advisory boards including the Youth Advocate Programs' National Autism Advisory Committee. Stillman has collaborated with Temple University to develop a relationship-based curriculum for Youth Advocate Programs which will set the national standard by which mental health workers will be trained to support children and adolescents with autism. He is also the coordinator for a Pennsylvania-based meeting group of individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Stillman is coauthor of several successful books about his life-long passion, The Wizard of Oz. He website address is www.williamstillman.com.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Part One: A PATH TO OPPORTUNITY
Chapter One: Making Miracles
Chapter Two: Surrendering to Serendipity
Part Two: DIVINE EXPERIENCES
Chapter Three: Speaking in Silence
Chapter Four: Spiritual Protectors
Chapter Five: Angels in the Atmosphere
Part Three: VALIDATIONS
Chapter Six: Izzy
Chapter Seven: Ghosts in the Laboratory
Chapter Eight: The Ladybug Story
Chapter Nine: Full Circle
Appendix A: Bibliography
Appendix B: Additional Resources
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
"With his writings, William Stillman is able to consistently provide valuable insight into the lives of individuals with autism that go beyond diagnosis and into the heart and soul of the person."
Ph.D., OTR/L, Autism Researcher and Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Temple University
"Autism and the God Connection sets itself apart from all other books on the subject of autism by illuminating some of the most fascinating frontiers of human consciousness as it describes the truly amazing spiritual gifts of the autistically disabled. William Stillman provides excellent scientific and anecdotal evidence for the profound connection some autistics have with the world, and offers hope that we have much to gain from seeing autism in a spiritual light."
author of Aura Advantage: How the Colors in Your Aura Can Help You Attain What You Desire and Attract Success
"Autism and the God Connection is a fascinating and timely exploration of the special sensitivities and spiritual connections of people with autism."
Ph.D., geneticist and author of The God Gene
"Autism and the God Connection is a compelling, powerful, and thought provoking book. Stillman describes the discoveries that unfold from conversations that he has with people that have a difficult time with conventional communication. He is able to see, feel and hear people from different perspectives."
Executive Director, Publisher and Editor, The Autism Perspective magazine
"Everyone who seeks a more compassionate and wise life will benefit from this wonderful, insightful, and beautiful book. It is a very short step from understanding autism and the God connection to understanding you and the God Connection."
author of The Seat of the Soul and The Dancing Wu Li Masters
"Autism and the God Connection is a formidable challenge to simplistic explanations of autism. The clinical stories in this book raise significant questions about the nature of consciousness and its relationship to the brain. This book is about more than neurological issues; it is about our nature, our origin and destiny---in short, our connection with the Absolute, however named."
M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
"William Stillman's Autism and the God Connection is a sensitive and illuminating work which could dramatically change how we view autism."
author of Children's Past Lives and Return From Heaven
"This book is a must read, whether you love someone with an autistic-spectrum disorder, or work in the field. William Stillman describes a parallel process of discovering his own spirituality, while exploring the heightened spiritual connectedness of those he works with. The result provides a deep sense of hope and understanding that I've not experienced with other books on autistic-spectrum disorders."
M.D., Medical Director, Main Line Clinical Associates
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I recently purchased this book (March, 2009)in order to have an example of a really bad book for parents or family with those diagnosed with autism-related disorders. I can't say anything good about this book's content, so I will just list a few assertions. The book cites facilitated communication as a technique that seems to have some merit, indicates that people with autism have either spiritual or telepathic gifts, and that they may have direct contact with celestial entities, and on and on. The author claims to have Asperger Syndrome, like so many other self-styled spokesmen of the "autism is just another way of perceiving" and not a disorder at all school-of-hucksters, shows a rather incompatible sensitivity and empathy to others in his writing, topics of interest, and examples. The book will come in handy in terms of drawing examples of opportunistic commercial pandering in a disability field.
I found many answers that I didn't even know I had questions for. This book generally provided a lot of insight to our issues with autism within our family. It's not a "fix it" book, just very eye opening. Coming from a Catholic family I found it very revealing and it left me wondering of our true purpose here on Earth. In my personal opinion I believe that individuals with ASD are innocent angels put here to remind us that we need to return to basics and enjoy life.
I have always felt my high-functioning autistic son had a special connection to God and the spiritual world. This book validated these feelings so completely. Several times I closed the book and put it down, completed stunned. By the way, we have since found ourselves in the company of ladybugs weekly.