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