A Journey with Brendan: Life with a child with autism, by a mother and paediatrician

(11 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Dr May Ng
  • Publication Date: 28/08/2018
  • Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781912575077

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Today, 1 in 60 children are on the autism spectrum. There is a 24 to 36 month wait under the NHS for diagnosis and many families are desperate for help, advice and reassurance. Dr May Ng’s A Journey With Brendan aims to fill that gap. Through her knowledge both as an award-winning paediatrician and as the mother of a 13-year-old son with autism, May provides a first-hand account of bringing up a child with autism, bringing together a wide range of resources and practical advice to help families cope. Over the years, May researched, tried and documented almost every therapy available for autism; public and private, mainstream and alternative. She worked with persistence and patience to teach Brendan to manage basic life skills for himself. It was incredibly hard, but the long, arduous years of working to help Brendan speak, to be toilet trained, to get him into the right school and to develop his potential were worthwhile. Today, Brendan is a happy 13-year-old in an autism school and is able to do many things they once believed might not be possible.

Dr May Ng lives Lancashire and holds a dual UK accreditation in General Paediatrics and Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. She qualified in medicine with honours at University of Sydney, training in Australia and later in the United Kingdom. She completed a Masters degree in Medical Science in 2005 and was awarded a UK Medical Research Council Fellowship grant in 2006 subsequently completing her doctoral PhD in paediatric endocrinology. Dr Ng also completed a Master in Laws degree and is active in medicolegal work. She has produced over 100 scientific papers and presented at more than 150 scientific meetings. She serves on the editorial board for several international journals including as Editor-in-Chief. Dr Ng has been a keynote speaker at many international meetings of learned societies and has won several national awards. She serves as Chair of UK Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians, Training Advisor for Royal College of Paediatrics, Committee for European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Officer for the British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. She is a member of the UK External Reference Group for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and the National Steering Group for Children and Young People Peer Review. See more at: www.paedsdoc.co.uk

11 reviews for A Journey with Brendan: Life with a child with autism, by a mother and paediatrician

  1. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University

    This inspiring, highly readable book by a parent who is also a doctor and a scientist is full of useful tips for other parents of a child with autism.

  2. Dame Stephanie Shirley CH DBE, Entrepreneur and philanthropist

    A mother’s absorbing story of her son with autism is given perspective by her paediatric experience and medical knowledge. Dr May Ng’s book will help many other affected families and also engage autism professionals.

  3. David Mitchell, Bestselling author and co-translator of ‘The Reason I Jump’ and ‘Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight’

    Dr May Ng’s account of her journey as an autism mum is honest, intelligent, helpful, real-world and illuminating.

  4. Anna Kennedy OBE, Mother and autism campaigner

    This inspirational book is so easy to read and is highly informative. Dr May Ng documents her personal story with autism and includes advice and information based on her experience as well as on her research and medical knowledge. Whether you are a parent, carer, employer, teacher, SENCO, relative or a friend of someone with an autistic spectrum condition, this book will certainly help you to appreciate, understand and cope.

  5. Christine Green, Mother and former National Autistic Society Early Bird Programme trainer

    I wished I had a book like this when my son Alex was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. As a doctor and a mother living and breathing life with autism, Dr May Ng’s book has such valuable advice and is a wealth of information for all families living with autism.

  6. Ania Hildrey, Headteacher of Abbot’s Lea School, Liverpool Specialist School for Children on the Autism Spectrum

    Dr May Ng is positively masterful in sharing her personal story of living with autism from the perspective of a parent and a medical expert. Being privileged to be the Headteacher of Abbot’s Lea School and working with Brendan, I can certainly confirm that the key pieces of practical useful advice offered by Dr Ng to other parents are priceless in supporting children with autism to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. Highly recommended and inspiring book!

  7. Emeritus Professor Michael Weindling, University of Liverpool

    Dr May Ng has written a must-read, full of information from her medical and personal experience describing her journey into the perilous world of parenting a child with autism.

  8. Dr Udi Mahamithawa, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Autism Specialist

    An incredible account by an outstanding mother, researcher paediatrician. The book is a gold-mine for parents and families living with autism

  9. Dr David Evans, Vice-President of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath

    This is a highly practical account of the difficulties faced with raising a child with autism. Despite being a paediatrician, Dr May Ng’s account contains the struggles and unexpected challenges encountered in parenting; her practical advice will help others’ journey through what often feels like a complex and disorientating maze

  10. Kim Mentha

    A real insight from a mother and professional looking at the high and lows of living as a loving family with a child who has autism. Some really useful information and tips to help deal with situations. A really good book from the perspective of someone who has found ways to make the journey a positive one and helping others too

  11. deborah smith

    incredible and moving account, lots of practical advice and useful tips. The resources are so helpful and will help any family or professional working with chidlren with autism

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