In 'Embracing the Autism Spectrum: Finding Joy & Hope Navigating the NeuroDiverse Family Journey,' Dr. Stephanie C. Holmes invites readers on a transformative journey into the realm of neurodiversity. Whether you're a family living with autism, an educator seeking to enhance your inclusive practices, or a dedicated advocate, this book offers invaluable insights and strategies to promote healthy neurodiverse marriages and families.
Drawing from her background as a former licensed professional counselor (LPC), an ordained minister, an author, and a certified autism specialist, Dr. Holmes weaves a narrative that bridges the gap between personal experience and professional expertise. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Campbell University, her Master's in counseling from Liberty University, and her doctorate in education from Abilene Christian University, equipping her with a deep understanding of the complexities of neurodiversity.
As a mother whose world shifted when her daughter Sydney was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, Dr. Holmes transitioned from a thriving marriage and family therapy practice to a mission of advocating for neurodiverse individuals. This book encapsulates her journey, offering practical guidance for families moving from merely surviving to thriving.
'Embracing the Autism Spectrum' is not only a resource for families but also an eye-opening guide for educators and Christian leaders. Dr. Holmes and her family shed light on the unique challenges and complexities that neurodiverse families face, enabling educators and leaders to serve every member of their communities more effectively and inclusively.
Throughout the book, readers will find hindsight learning, spiritual devotion, and moments of reflection to assess their own journeys. Dr. Holmes' wealth of knowledge, coupled with her heartfelt commitment to autism advocacy, provides a beacon of hope and understanding for anyone touched by neurodiversity. This is the first book of its kind to share autism and faith from each family member's perspective!