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Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

For parents of Austic Children you must read this

I first read this book while serving in Iraq on my third tour. I have an Autistic son who is 7 years old. Even being in that enviroment, reading this book was the hardest thing i have ever done. I relived every up down and pain and smile I have experianced with my son. ...
I first read this book while serving in Iraq on my third tour. I have an Autistic son who is 7 years old. Even being in that enviroment, reading this book was the hardest thing i have ever done. I relived every up down and pain and smile I have experianced with my son. I literally had tears in my eyes on every page. I am on the other end of the spectrum situation as my ex-wife left. I have never been touched in the heart by a book like I was with this one.

posted by RangerChris on October 5, 2010

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8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

As a divorced father of a son with Aspergers and his primary care giver, I was troubled by a number of aspects of Ms. McCarthy's book.

While Ms. McCarthy universally condemns husbands for being absent, I know I am mot the only ex-husband who is the primary care giver. I would not say that her unusual lifestyle may have casued her son's problems. She does seem to believe she can make all sorts of gene...
While Ms. McCarthy universally condemns husbands for being absent, I know I am mot the only ex-husband who is the primary care giver. I would not say that her unusual lifestyle may have casued her son's problems. She does seem to believe she can make all sorts of generalizations and is always correct.
Anecdotal evidence of unusual cures abound for every medical problem, but most parents cannot afford to hire privates planes or fly all over the country for the "best" this or that. Moreover, there are proven cases of deaths caused by chelation, exotic treatmens and special diets.
I am older than Ms. McCarthy an did not have the advantage of the internet when my son was very young. I did encounter many doctors, government and private agencies, and schools that were not well informed, considerate, or willing to listen or explain. I did not throw temper tantrums or curse them. You keep searching and you can find, locally, those who can and will help. I don't live in LA or NYC , but with calm persistence my son has become a productive member of society. He has not done anything great - except being a loving son. If Ms. McCarthy used the foul language quoted in the book, I am not surprised people wouldn't listen to her.
Ms. McCarthy does not mention the stress created with non-Asperger children (because she only had one child) who resent the time and attention parents must spend with the "special needs" child. That is a secondary, but very real problem.
People with Aspergers are like every other "class". Some achieve greatness, like Temple Grandin, most functon reasonably well, and some have major problems.
Finally, I contracted polio as a very young child. My Mother encountered many of the same difficulties with the "experts" as I did 30 years later. My mother was told that I had to have a procedure she found abhorrent. Thankfully, she refused. It took a while, but the medical experts later decried that procedure as barbaric. Life isn't fair. You can't rely solely on experts. Self reliance and common sense are the keys to success in everything. The answer is not found by blaming everyone who disagrees with you.

posted by 3303928 on April 3, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2010

    As a divorced father of a son with Aspergers and his primary care giver, I was troubled by a number of aspects of Ms. McCarthy's book.

    While Ms. McCarthy universally condemns husbands for being absent, I know I am mot the only ex-husband who is the primary care giver. I would not say that her unusual lifestyle may have casued her son's problems. She does seem to believe she can make all sorts of generalizations and is always correct.
    Anecdotal evidence of unusual cures abound for every medical problem, but most parents cannot afford to hire privates planes or fly all over the country for the "best" this or that. Moreover, there are proven cases of deaths caused by chelation, exotic treatmens and special diets.
    I am older than Ms. McCarthy an did not have the advantage of the internet when my son was very young. I did encounter many doctors, government and private agencies, and schools that were not well informed, considerate, or willing to listen or explain. I did not throw temper tantrums or curse them. You keep searching and you can find, locally, those who can and will help. I don't live in LA or NYC , but with calm persistence my son has become a productive member of society. He has not done anything great - except being a loving son. If Ms. McCarthy used the foul language quoted in the book, I am not surprised people wouldn't listen to her.
    Ms. McCarthy does not mention the stress created with non-Asperger children (because she only had one child) who resent the time and attention parents must spend with the "special needs" child. That is a secondary, but very real problem.
    People with Aspergers are like every other "class". Some achieve greatness, like Temple Grandin, most functon reasonably well, and some have major problems.
    Finally, I contracted polio as a very young child. My Mother encountered many of the same difficulties with the "experts" as I did 30 years later. My mother was told that I had to have a procedure she found abhorrent. Thankfully, she refused. It took a while, but the medical experts later decried that procedure as barbaric. Life isn't fair. You can't rely solely on experts. Self reliance and common sense are the keys to success in everything. The answer is not found by blaming everyone who disagrees with you.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Treatment Options are too Limiting

    I have a feeling that the only reason this book was published is because the author is a Hollywood 'personality' and because she has published before. I appreciate that she has brought attention to autism but her recommendations for treatment are not based on any scientific rigor. She continually bashes the medical community and wonders why everybody does not follow her recommended recipe for success. Autism is very complex. The treatment for autism is a multi-pronged approach. Jenny was expounding about a subject that was way beyond her knowledge base.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    its about a famous mother story about her special son for had austim.

    it was very moving.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2008

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