A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery [NOOK Book]

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Jonah Adams was diagnosed as autistic at two years and eight months. Just a few years later, a doctor refused to believe such a diagnosis could ever have been given to this healthy, happy boy. This is the true story of how Jonah’s mother, Christina, seized his limited window of opportunity for recovery. Detailing how she utilized a combination of a special diet and one-on-one tutoring with speech therapists and behavioral psychologists, Christina shares the entire journey she ...
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A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery

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Overview

Jonah Adams was diagnosed as autistic at two years and eight months. Just a few years later, a doctor refused to believe such a diagnosis could ever have been given to this healthy, happy boy. This is the true story of how Jonah’s mother, Christina, seized his limited window of opportunity for recovery. Detailing how she utilized a combination of a special diet and one-on-one tutoring with speech therapists and behavioral psychologists, Christina shares the entire journey she undertook to give her child a second chance at a full life.
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Editorial Reviews

CA) Press-Telegram (Long Beach
Adams's writing is exceptional...But it's the personal touches that set this book apart. Adams lets us into her intimate world, giving us true-life glimpses of her early struggles with Jonah's autism.
Stephen Shore
Clearly reveals how parental determination can enable a child to grow and prosper.
Publishers Weekly
Adams's son, Jonah, was two years and eight months old when he was diagnosed as autistic. Eighteen months later, child development specialists evaluating Jonah couldn't believe he'd had a history of autism. What made the difference? Adams-with the help of her lawyer husband-devoted herself completely to Jonah's treatment, starting immediately with a rigorous gluten and casein-free diet. They enrolled the young boy in a 40-hour a week, one-on-one ABA ("applied behavioral analysis") program for autistic children, supplemented with individual speech therapy and physical therapy. Jonah also took various drugs to reduce perseverative behavior and overall anxiety. Adams, a self-described "Autism Mommy," worked full-time on the intervention process, advocating for Jonah's needs with the school system so they'd cover his high bills, cooking Jonah's special foods and interfacing with each therapist privately and then collectively to help Jonah integrate the lessons into real-world situations. It's pleasing to see Jonah make such a dramatic improvement, although some readers may feel uneasy at how quickly this two-year-old was labeled autistic, or feel disturbed by the intensity of his treatment plan. With the number of children on the autism spectrum growing, Adams's upbeat, inspirational account has a ready-made market-at least with other autism "super parents." Agent, Marcy Posner. (May 3) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Adams, a commentator for NPR's Day to Day, offers an affecting personal narrative about her son Jonah's diagnosis with autism at age two. She conveys the impact of this diagnosis on herself and her family, especially in the months immediately following, providing excellent accounts of how she responded to teachers' and family members' suggestions that Jonah had autism. She also candidly discusses issues that have put pressure on her marriage, e.g., guilt and blame (she took the controversial drug Pitocin during delivery). Adams is not as strong in recounting the treatments used with Jonah-which include Applied Behavioral Analysis and a casein-free, gluten-free diet-failing to provide details on these treatments or listing which treatments did not work. Still, this book clearly illustrates autism's impact on a family and is recommended for academic and public libraries with autism collections.-Corey Seeman, Univ. of Toledo Libs. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440684647
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/3/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 833,023
  • File size: 357 KB

Meet the Author

Christina Adams is a commentator for NPR's Day to Day show.  Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and literary magazines. She has a MFA in Creative Writing, and speaks at conferences such as Autism One and other support groups.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    A must read for ALL ASD families

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    A must read for EVERYONE!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    A Real Treasure for Any Family Coping with Autisim

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    Real Hope for my Real Boy!

    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!

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