Responsible and Responsive Parenting in Autism: Between Now and Dreams

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Ways to buy the book


Helpful Materials for Parents 

1. Create your own Between Now and Dreams Bookmark for IEP meetings.

Our readers understand that a bookmark, with a picture of your child on the front, can help you remember important actions throughout your special education team meeting (see pages 209-211).

The bookmark serves as an aide for two other, important reasons. First, educators will recognize that  you have your job–to do what is best for your child–and that you have a “job aide” to help you do that job. Second, the bookmark photo also helps everyone remember why you are there and who is the ultimate recipient of the services being negotiated. Together, you all are deciding the fate of a precious child. (Barahona, 2010)

Instructions: Download the pdf 8 Tips Bookmark, insert a photo of your child, print, fold in half, and secure. This document prints 5×7, and folds to 2.5×7.


2. Host a book club with families to read and discuss important concepts from the book 

Suggested questions to read and discuss Between Now and Dreams


Helpful Materials for Clinicians

1. Host a book club with fellow clinicians to read and discuss important concepts from the book 

Download the discussion guide here

Clinicians Book Club

2. Bibliography and suggested readings from Responsible and Responsive Parenting in Autism

Helpful Materials for Media

Shahla Ala’i-Rosales

1. Shahla’s biography

Shahla Ala’i-Rosales is an associate professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She has taught courses on ethics, early autism intervention, parent training, behavioral systems, applied research methods, technology transfer, and behavior change techniques. She has served on several boards and disciplinary committees and has published and presented research on social justice, ethics in early intervention, play and social skills, family harmony, and supervision and mentoring. Shahla has more than four decades of experience working with families and has trained hundreds of behavior analysts. She has received awards for her teaching, her work with families, and for her work in the community.


2. Peggy’s biography

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe
(photo credit: Mary Lide Parker)

Peggy’s first book, See Sam Run, a mother’s story of autism, was published in 2008 by the University of North Texas Press. The book’s manuscript won the Mayborn Prize for Literary Nonfiction in 2005. For more than a decade she has been exploring themes in autism parenting and self-determination on her blog, An award-winning writer and journalist, Peggy holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in music performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Mastodon: @phwolfe940

Media clips

Finding Confidence as a Parent with Moms Talk Autism. Podcast.

Our Next Guest with Bridget Taylor and Behavior Live (CEUs available). Podcast.

ABA as a Science of Love and Change with Autism Outreach. Podcast.

Importance of Family Guidance with ABA Unfiltered. Podcast.

Between Now and Dreams book club preview with ABA Inside Track. Podcast.

Interview with Robert Parry-Cruwys of ABA Inside Track. Podcast.

Commentary: Communities can help a family with an autistic child. March 26, 2023, San Antonio Express-News.

Telehealth offers boost to children with developmental needs. New research shows online help for children, parents and caregivers enhances services once limited to personal visits. January, 2023, ICT News. Also linked with Solutions Journalism.


Celiberti, D., & Heward, W. L. (2023). Book Review: Between Now and Dreams. Science in Autism Treatment, 20(3).

Hockman, A. (2023). Book And Product Review: A First‐Stop Read for New Autism Caregivers and All Professionals: Review of Ala’i‐Rosales and Heinkel‐Wolfe’s Responsible and Responsive Parenting
in Autism: Between Now and Dreams. Behavior Analysis in Practice (accepted for publication, April 3.