Autism - A Family Journey by CIndy RasmussenAutism - A Family Journey by CIndy Rasmussen

Autism - A Family Journey

byCIndy Rasmussen

Paperback | April 10, 2017

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This is a story about one family's journey with an autistic family member, Steven; as told by his mother.  It is also Steven's story from birth to the present as a man in his early 40's.

It is an engaging and emotional story.  At the same time, it is an honest portrayal of what it is like to live with autism on a daily basis.

Cindy Rasmussen wrote this story for her children to help them understand what happened in their family when they were growing up, from the perspective of a Mom. Her eldest son, Mark, was only 19 months old when her autistic son, Steven, was born and only 2 1/2 when the first serious problems began. Steven was six years old when Geoffrey was born. So although they were there for most of the journey, they have little memory or understanding of the most difficult years for their family. It is her hope that as adults they can read her account and gain a deeper insight and understanding into things that took place in their childhoods and that this knowledge might help them as they go forward in their own lives.

Cindy says: "If you are the parent of an autistic child, I also want to share our story with you so that you know that you are not alone. Your journey will be different than ours because every child is an individual and every family is unique. Our story does not have a “happily ever after” ending, but it is a story of hope and encouragement. We have found no perfect solutions, and we made many mistakes along the way, but we have found ways to overcome the obstacles and to find joy and fulfillment in knowing and loving our autistic child. It is my hope that our story will encourage you to also find a rewarding journey in life."

For all who read this Cindy would like to leave the message that autism is not just a scary label, it has a face and a personality. She wants you to meet Steven, to get to know him as she and her family do and to learn why they love him and why he brings such joy to their lives and the lives of others. There are many “Stevens” out there, they are not all alike, but by knowing Steven through this story, Cindy hopes to help readers have a greater understanding and acceptance of others like him. 

Title:Autism - A Family JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.48 inPublished:April 10, 2017Publisher:Kitsap PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942661428

ISBN - 13:9781942661429


Table of Contents



Introduction – Fall, 2009 3 In the Beginning 5 The Medical Odyssey 9 Diagnosis: Autism 19 Los Nin~os 29 The Program 33 The Mothers’ Group 43 Volunteering – My Therapy 49 Family Time 55 The New Baby 61


Moving to Washington 67 School Enrollment 71 First Washington Winter 75 The New School 79 The New Home 85 Special Abilities 93 The Teen Years 99


Abstract Concepts 107 A Place to Live 113 The Job Quest 133 The Big Trips 153 Navigating the System: A Tangled Web 159


In Dad’s Own Words 169 In Mark’s Own Words 179 In Geoffrey’s Own Words 185 Some After-Thoughts from Mom 189


Autism: Then and Now 195 The Future 201 Letters to My Children 207 Acknowledgments 211

Editorial Reviews

"... While the never-ending challenges are discussed candidly, Rasmussen nevertheless succeeds in providing practical observations and transmitting a genuine message of hope. She deftly describes the joy of Steven’s hard-won successes and the evolution of many positive qualities within her circle."

"... A frank and engaging read that explores autism and its long-ranging effects on a family."

– Kirkus Reviews