Lerrlyn Nelson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She has dedicated her life and educational goals toward increasing awareness, improving educational and vocational programs, and securing semi-independent living opportunities for persons with autism.
This book is a compilation of methods and techniques developed over twenty-five years while working with persons with a primary diagnosis of autism and their families. Lerrlyn has developed and implemented several programs and has been a driving force assisting and educating parents, family members, educators, and governmental agencies in recognizing the needs of this segment of the community.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing about thirty years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In 1973, my brother was first diagnosed with Autism at age three. During that time there was very little known about autism. My mother spent years looking and searching for answers. As a family, (extended family included) we did the best we could to help him. We tried to understand his inability to effectively communicate, manage and control his behaviors, and most of all, his need for isolation and repetitive movement. We knew very little about autism and /or what to expect. Like so many other families, it was a trial and error process. We spent many hours, days, weeks, and years advocating for him while trying to understand autism spectrum disorder.
Through my experiences and the knowledge gained over the years, I wrote this book to help others. In a nut shell this book was born out of much love, years of academic study/research, and most of all from working with my brother, my families need to understand autism, and my experience with other families who care and love their child/adult family member diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
A must have resource for parents, family members, friends, family counselors, educators or anyone who wants to have a greater understanding of Autism. This book will empower you with the basic knowledge and information to assist in understanding the disability, managing the behavior, and preparing the person for adolescence/adulthood. A Closer Look at Autism is a gift that keeps on giving.