Sam's Best Shot: A Father and Son' Life- Changing Journey Through Autism, Adolescence and Africa
|Author:||Dr James Best|
Dr James Best sold the family home and left his wife and two eldest children in Sydney to take his fourteen-year-old autistic son Sam travelling to places as unfamiliar as Africa, southern Europe and India. With routines left behind, it was the ideal time for Sam to take on challenges and learn to cope with the real world. It was envisaged that Sam would eventually make the decisions on where they would go, how to get there, where to stay and all the myriad of other choices anyone has to make when travelling for an extended period.
The hope was that Sam, who previously had difficulty making his way to the corner shop, would learn from these alien experiences how to navigate the unexpected with confidence.
Their journey together is of huge interest to the growing number of people whose lives have been touched by autism, and to parents everywhere.
Dr James Best is a general practitioner with post graduate qualifications in children's medicine who has co-authored guidelines on how to screen for, diagnose and manage children with autism.