Food for Thought Author:Louisiana State Autism Chapters - Autism Society of America This cookbook is dedicated to all individuals with autism and their families. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you in person. I have chatted with others over the Internet and corresponded with others by "snail" mail. And I have read about many of your in books, magazines, and various other formats. By most standards, I am a relativ... more »e newcomer to this group. My youngest son Jon, now twenty, was not identified as autistic until age twelve. I did not believe that he was indeed autistic at that time, because I (like so very many people) knew so little about autism. It is my hope that this little cookbook can help others have a better understanding of the neurological disorder called autism. Only parents, teachers, and those who are personally involved in the life of a person with autism are motivated to read extensively on the subject. But the more others in our community learn about autism, the more they understand our loved ones. As Sgt. Joe Friday used to say "Give me the facts, just the facts." I hope to present just a few important facts about autism and not overwhelm the reader.
I love to cook and have collected recipes for the past thirty five years. A few years ago I began to collect recipes on my computer for easy reference and for sharing. As my collection grew, I dreamed of someday publishing a cookbook. Then I had the wonderful idea of combining that dream with my desire to help others better understand individuals with autism. If my friends and family could just understand a little about how my son experiences the world around him; if others could realize that we do not all hear the same, see the same, have the same sense of taste, touch or smell, perhaps they would understand that some individuals with autism are often affected quite uniquely by sensory stimuli, they might better understand the resulting behaviors. They might be better able to interact with and assist those individuals. Scattered among the recipes that follow are short informational passages that I hope provide some of "the facts" (as I know them) about autism. I would not presume to be an expert on autism. I only present information that has been helpful to me in understanding and teaching my son.« less