Today, one 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.
Dr. May Ng’s A Journey with Brendan aims to fill that gap. Through her knowledge both as an award-winning pediatrician and as the mother of a 13-year-old son with autism, May provides a firsthand 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 holds a dual UK accreditation in general pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. She qualified in medicine with honors at University of Sydney, completed a master's degree in medical science, and was awarded a UK medical research council fellowship grant in 2006 before completing her doctoral PhD in pediatric endocrinology.