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OK, I have spent a lot of time on this book... Writing it, then waiting for translation, cover, editing.
I just pressed publish, so I'm quite proud and will be able to take the "SOON" out of my sig in a few hours! :D

I know some of you have autistic children. I'll be glad to give copies of the ebook for free until the end of the week (my time) to whomever asks for them here.

And while waiting for the published book to appear on the ZON... Rump dance! \o/
(_\_) (_|_) (_/_) (_|_) (_\_) *cha cha cha!*

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I'll leave my e-mail address here, just send me a quick e-mail before monday, with your prefered format (.mobi, .epub, ,pdf or any other Smashwords format) and I'll send you the file! :D
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Now that's a squeee! My nephew finally got liquid trained at age ten, still working on the rest. I'll let her know it's coming out--are you doing Select, though? She's a Nooker.
 

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LC Jones said:
Let me be the first to congratulate you.

Congratulations, Nathalie! ;D
Thanks! :D

TexasGirl said:
Now that's a squeee! My nephew finally got liquid trained at age ten, still working on the rest. I'll let her know it's coming out--are you doing Select, though? She's a Nooker.
I'm not in Select, you can get the file in the Smashwords format of your choice. ;)
 

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Nice! Grats. Feels good to hit that button, doesn't it.

Me, I usually just want to sssssslllllleeeeepppp... :D
 

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Congratulations!  :)

As discussed - I'd certainly be interested in reading it.

Let us know when the link is live, and I'll pin it to my 'Autism' board on Pinterest.
 

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Congratulations!

Our daughter is autistic, high functioning so we don't deal with a lot of the issues that others do, but it can still be a challenge. More information on these kinds of subjects is awesome, I'll have to check out your book.  :)
 

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CONGRATS!!! And what a wonderful contribution to the extremely important but often rare genre of books dealing with autism issues for caregivers and parents... Especially a subject like toilet training, which is the kind of thing people just DO NOT want to discuss, that's an amazing thing to have dedicated yourself to writing and publishing. On behalf of caregivers and parents of special needs children, thank you for adding to the collection of knowledge, advice, and insight easily and readily available. My own child isn't autistic, but I used to work as a volunteer caregiver and babysitter for autistic kids when I was in youth group in church. It's so, so valuable to have resources to help people with our mental point of view to help people with THEIRS.

I raise my glass to you, my dear... that's good work. If you can provide a link to anywhere you're distributing your book, I would be happy to post it to my social media places. That's probably exposure to 200 people minimum, 400 at the very most, and a number of them support specifically autistic issues quite vehemently... that'll be worth something, eh? :)
 

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David Adams said:
Nice! Grats. Feels good to hit that button, doesn't it.

Me, I usually just want to sssssslllllleeeeepppp... :D
Thanks! :D
It's 4:30pm here, I won't need to sleep for a few hours! ;) kr kr kr

Zelah Meyer said:
Congratulations! :)

As discussed - I'd certainly be interested in reading it.

Let us know when the link is live, and I'll pin it to my 'Autism' board on Pinterest.
I did not forget, let me know which format you'd enjoy and I'll send you the file by e-mail! :D

Howietzer said:
Congratulations!

Our daughter is autistic, high functioning so we don't deal with a lot of the issues that others do, but it can still be a challenge. More information on these kinds of subjects is awesome, I'll have to check out your book. :)
I'll be glad to send you the file! :D

Cameron McKeth said:
Nathalie, that's wonderful news! Congratulations!!!!
Thanks!! :D
I'm pretty excited! ;D ;D ;D
 

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Ven West said:
CONGRATS!!! And what a wonderful contribution to the extremely important but often rare genre of books dealing with autism issues for caregivers and parents... Especially a subject like toilet training, which is the kind of thing people just DO NOT want to discuss, that's an amazing thing to have dedicated yourself to writing and publishing. On behalf of caregivers and parents of special needs children, thank you for adding to the collection of knowledge, advice, and insight easily and readily available. My own child isn't autistic, but I used to work as a volunteer caregiver and babysitter for autistic kids when I was in youth group in church. It's so, so valuable to have resources to help people with our mental point of view to help people with THEIRS.

I raise my glass to you, my dear... that's good work. If you can provide a link to anywhere you're distributing your book, I would be happy to post it to my social media places. That's probably exposure to 200 people minimum, 400 at the very most, and a number of them support specifically autistic issues quite vehemently... that'll be worth something, eh? :)
Thank you so much! :D

It is the kind of knowledge that is vital in France, since here we don't have any useful help, except for rare occurences (I'm one of the lucky ones). So we had to create something to help parents deal with all those very important - and very deserving of thought - issues. Writing the book was not the hardest part - finding how to actually make my sons be toilet trained was the mission: impossible! ;D ;D ;D

I've managed a french autism website for about three years - I've learned a lot of things and I've helped a lot of people. Some parents wrote me to tell me that the psycho-analysts and therapists had told them to give up, that their child would never be potty trained. Some of them found courage by reading this book, and succeeded in toilet training their teenage child.

It's never too late. In the US, it's probably not such a dire situation, I hear that you have a lot of behavioural therapists there and that - unlike in France - most of the autistic children can function in the society, actually being able to do their self-advocacy. Here in France it is not like this. They're in mental hospitals when they become adults, or they're high functioning and not diagnosed. A lot of people need a lot of help.

I think that making this book available in english will help a lot of people. Because a lot of people read english, unlike french. I've paid quite a lot for the professional translation, but I think it might well be a nice move. :)

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Yay! Congratulations!
Thanks! :D
 

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I'll leave my e-mail address here, just send me a quick e-mail before monday, with your prefered format (.mobi, .epub, ,pdf or any other Smashwords format) and I'll send you the file!  :D
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What an accomplishment and what a truly great topic.  I wish you great success and hope you bring comfort to parents or caregivers dealing with this.
 

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Nathalie Hamidi said:
Thank you so much! :D

It is the kind of knowledge that is vital in France, since here we don't have any useful help, except for rare occurences (I'm one of the lucky ones). So we had to create something to help parents deal with all those very important - and very deserving of thought - issues. Writing the book was not the hardest part - finding how to actually make my sons be toilet trained was the mission: impossible! ;D ;D ;D

I've managed a french autism website for about three years - I've learned a lot of things and I've helped a lot of people. Some parents wrote me to tell me that the psycho-analysts and therapists had told them to give up, that their child would never be potty trained. Some of them found courage by reading this book, and succeeded in toilet training their teenage child.

It's never too late. In the US, it's probably not such a dire situation, I hear that you have a lot of behavioural therapists there and that - unlike in France - most of the autistic children can function in the society, actually being able to do their self-advocacy. Here in France it is not like this. They're in mental hospitals when they become adults, or they're high functioning and not diagnosed. A lot of people need a lot of help.

I think that making this book available in english will help a lot of people. Because a lot of people read english, unlike french. I've paid quite a lot for the professional translation, but I think it might well be a nice move. :)

Thanks! :D
Oh, I didn't realize you weren't American! I have a French friend I can ask to link to your book as well. No guarantee he'll do it, but he's got a pretty big audience and I'm happy to ask. :)

Where I live, yes, there are a lot of resources for parents of autistic children, and children with severe autism are normally given very good care with many available choices, as far as I know. Children with more functional autism are a lot more difficult, however -- they are not always diagnosed, and even when they are, there are still a lot of parents who believe that functional autism is not something that needs to be treated. They don't want to "label" their children and think that doing so does more harm than good. But that's a different issue... It's great that you're publishing information on things like this. :)
 

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Nathalie Hamidi said:
It's never too late. In the US, it's probably not such a dire situation, I hear that you have a lot of behavioural therapists there and that - unlike in France - most of the autistic children can function in the society, actually being able to do their self-advocacy. Here in France it is not like this. They're in mental hospitals when they become adults, or they're high functioning and not diagnosed. A lot of people need a lot of help.
That's really sad to hear. Sounds like a wonderful, helpful book.

Hope it sells great!
 

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Nathalie Hamidi said:
It's never too late. In the US, it's probably not such a dire situation, I hear that you have a lot of behavioural therapists there and that - unlike in France - most of the autistic children can function in the society, actually being able to do their self-advocacy. Here in France it is not like this. They're in mental hospitals when they become adults, or they're high functioning and not diagnosed. A lot of people need a lot of help.
It was like this in the US around 40 years ago. There have been a lot of changes since then. Our daughter is in a classroom specifically for autistics and those on the spectrum, but they interact with the regular classrooms as well (they stay as long as they can take it, then go back to their own class). It's an amazing program and we are so thankful it's in place. I hope the best for you and your children… and your country as well. May change come quickly.
 

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Judi Coltman said:
What an accomplishment and what a truly great topic. I wish you great success and hope you bring comfort to parents or caregivers dealing with this.
Thank you very much! :D

Ven West said:
Oh, I didn't realize you weren't American! I have a French friend I can ask to link to your book as well. No guarantee he'll do it, but he's got a pretty big audience and I'm happy to ask. :)

Where I live, yes, there are a lot of resources for parents of autistic children, and children with severe autism are normally given very good care with many available choices, as far as I know. Children with more functional autism are a lot more difficult, however -- they are not always diagnosed, and even when they are, there are still a lot of parents who believe that functional autism is not something that needs to be treated. They don't want to "label" their children and think that doing so does more harm than good. But that's a different issue... It's great that you're publishing information on things like this. :)
I might know him - or he might know me! ;D ;D ;D
I actually have to re-publish the ones in french, that I pulled to re-format.

Yeah, he "not labelling" thing is very present here too. It's sad because it's not really about labelling but about helping. I have a high functioning autistic son. He probably will go to school like everyone else in a few years, he started to talk, etc. But he still needs help, for behavioural problems. Both my kids are very smart, but being smart doesn't always erase the impairement.

smreine said:
That's really sad to hear. Sounds like a wonderful, helpful book.

Hope it sells great!
Thanks SM Reine! :D
Most of the information can be found for free on our autism website, but I haven't found the money to translate it all - more than 1500 blog posts! ;D ;D ;D
People still like the book/e-book format nonetheless. And I hope this will help a lot of english-speaking people! :)

Jonathan C. Gillespie said:
Congratulations, Nathalie. My heart goes out for the kids and parents affected by autism, and I think it's great you're doing your own part to help out.

I hope the book does well.
Thank you Jonathan! :)
I wish I could just entrust my children (well, every autistic child) to the therapists and just be a mom, but it is impossible. Parents need to be parents AND specialists of the handicap of their children.
That is, if they want the best future possible for them!

Here is a video we made about this, named "Don't worry". It's been inspired by another very well known video called
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The woman holding the cards is one of my dearest friends and co-author on the blog. You can see the english subtitles if you click on the caption icon of the video.

 

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Howietzer said:
It was like this in the US around 40 years ago. There have been a lot of changes since then. Our daughter is in a classroom specifically for autistics and those on the spectrum, but they interact with the regular classrooms as well (they stay as long as they can take it, then go back to their own class). It's an amazing program and we are so thankful it's in place. I hope the best for you and your children… and your country as well. May change come quickly.
It doesn't look like it's going to get better very soon. I've actually stopped managing the french autism website a few weeks ago, because instead of everyone working hard to make a change, people prefer to trip each other up, and it's become way to politic for me. I just wanted to help. Things got pretty ugly very often. I think I'll stick to releasing books from now on. :-\
 
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