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Posted March 4, 2006
Ms. Adams writes of her journey through autism. It is an honest portrail of the bad, the ugly and eventually the wonderful. It is an inspiration for all families to read. If you are a newbie parent, or one that has been at this a while, or a biomed parent or not, ABA or floortime - it doesn't matter - this book is a must read. Give to the grandparents, therapists, doctors (especially the pediatricians!) and your friends as window to your world. It is a wonderful inspirational story. You will be sure to laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh. It is just plain good. Truth and honesty...isn't that a novel thought?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2006
This book is just fabulous!!!! It lends an empathetic ear to those of us with children on the autism spectrum, and is eye-opening for those without. It is such a good portrayal of what it's like to live through this diagnosis, and the efforts we as parents go through to help our children, plus the growth and change we're able to see in our kids from the minute their interventions/therapies start. Definitely the BEST book about autism I've read since my daughter was diagnosed a year and a half ago. I recommend it to parents, family members, teachers, friends--EVERYONE! It reads like a story (not text-booky or preachy at all), and is a definite page-turner. You'll want to lend it to everyone you know once you're through!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2005
As a psychologist I believe Christina and her husband embody the traits that are needed to succeed in any family with a challenge. Here are a few: flexibility, perseverance, affection and honesty with each other even when it may be painful. The goal that all parents should have whether they are the parent of a child with autism or not is to build the foundation for a successful adult. As one learns about autism one learns that success is different for each family. In very concrete terms Christina describes some of these differences. Many parents who suspect or have confirmed that their child has a developmental disorder will feel validated when they realize that discrepancies in the medical and academic arenas do exist everywhere. As Christina weaves into her story information regarding other children with varying symptoms and needs parents will be encouraged to continue to look for the treatment that best fits their family. Finally, for professionals including therapists, school counselors, attorneys, pediatricians, mainstream classroom teachers, childcare workers, etcetera, this book offers a reminder of the daily energy involved to reach certain goals and the individual attached to each autism diagnosis.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2005
I am not a book reviewer, but I am an Autism Mommy who gained REAL HOPE from this book. 2 days after my son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, I found myself sitting in a bookstore looking through every imaginable book on autism. What struck me about Christina's book, was that my son is the age that hers was in the beginning of 'her story'. I read this in one sitting, and couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what 'recovery' looked like, and what steps they took in their journey. I so related to her roller coaster of emotions and found comfort in her struggles dealing with such a difficult and similar situation. She opened my eyes and inspired me to look under every rock and be a REAL advocate for my son. She gave me the greatest gift a new autism mommy could get -- HOPE! Thanks Christina!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.