Fighting for Carlton: Preparing Your Child with Autism for Life's Journey by Emmy Dagnan
I could fill a book with stories about my young son, Carlton. When I was a professor at a university in Nashville, where I lived with my husband and two children, I used to tell some of those stories to my class. It was a three hour lecture on anatomy and kinesiology that could stand a little breaking up with some occasional humor. Carlton and his behavior, as always, could bring a smile to most faces, as least when recounted as a story—after the fact. A couple of students would come up and tell me I should do just that—write a book of these stories inspired by my son because they were just so funny. But honestly, though I’ll share some of those stories in this book, that is not what inspired me to write it. What did lead me to write this book is a desire to share some of what my husband and I have learned, often the hard way, about raising a child with autism. This book will discuss the many faces of autism, treatments available once you have a diagnosis, impact on family, and planning for the future. There are activities at the end of the chapters to help parents navigate the diagnosis.
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My name is Emmy Dagnan and I am married with two kids. My kids are ages 8 and 10. My son, Carlton is 8 and recently diagnosed with Autism. He loves to fish and play on the ipad. He loves to help me cook and is eager to please. My daughter, Maddie is 10 and is an avid soccer player and loves to cook. I love doing anything outdoors, spending time with family and being active. I have completed 4 half Ironman distance races and love biking and all things outdoors. I am an occupational therapist with several specialties. I am currently an assistant professor at a local University. I have worked at the University for approximately 7 years. I have written a textbook and several academic articles. My reseach interest in in health and wellness.