The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism Q/A

Sometimes in the next few days weeks, I’m going to catch up on the piles of work that I’m behind on and post a review of The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, a remarkable new book written and compiled by the editors of the website of the same name. In the meantime, you can check out Steve Silberman’s rave (he tapped the title as his book of the year). Here’s a snippet:

My favorite book of the year on autism was curated and self-published by a group of parent-warriors with the express purpose of sparing other parents the grief, isolation, and confusion that followed their own kids’ diagnoses. Called the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, it offers helpful, positive, pragmatic, evidence-based advice for making the life of your kid and your family more rewarding and more joyful, starting today. I can’t think of a better holiday gift for someone with a loved one on the spectrum. With current estimates of autism prevalence running at 1 in 110 people in the US, the book deserves a wide readership.

Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know some of the writers and editors behind TPGA, and without fail, every interaction I have with them leaves me marveling at their kindness, insight, and intelligence. The latest example of this is an interview Shannon Des Roches Rosa did with me in advance of tomorrow’s paperback publication of The Panic Virus (more on that anon). It’s one of those rare interviews (Silberman’s Q/A with me back in March was another) in which I ended up thinking about things in a whole new way. Here’s a summary:

TPGA editor Shannon Rosa talked with Seth last year about the motivation and goals behind The Panic Virus; she spoke with him again last week about his book’s intended audience; the critical and oft-misconstrued distinctions between vaccine court rulings and scientific proof; the frequently misunderstood role of vaccine reporting and compensation programs like VAERS and NVICP; and how pediatricians, OB/GYNs, and parents themselves can all contribute towards improved — and best — vaccine information practices.

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