Across the Spectrum


Mothers of Autistic Children Speak!
Author: Anne Tucker Roberts

Across the Spectrum looks at six families with children on the autism spectrum over a 40 year period, from the early 1970s to the 21st century. The reader meets parents who raised their children without knowing the word “autism,” to those caught in the uncertainties of labels forging ahead to blaze trails of their own, to young parents implementing modern-day therapies.

Each story looks at a unique aspect of autism through the perspective of the mothers. Each story lays out the challenges presented by autism and the courage and love that the mothers demonstrate each day in meeting those challenges. The mothers speak with a directness and honesty, sharing stories of courage, love, perseverance and creativity – all while living lives with meaning and purpose.

Anne Tucker Roberts is the author of Five Courageous Mothers: Raising Children with Down Syndrome. A writer and gifted teacher of adolescents with developmental disabilities, Anne’s experiences with these young adults and their families led to this book.

Anne is a graduate of Boston College and holds a Master’s Degrees in Education and Special Education. Anne began her teaching career in a Massachusetts collaborative classroom for 16 to 22 year olds and was recognized as a Master Teacher and awarded a “Golden Apple” for professional excellence.

Anne continues her work as a guardian to five women with developmental disabilities. She lives with her husband of 30 years in Scituate, Massachusetts.


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