A Regular Guy Growing up with Autism: A Family's Story of Love and Acceptance

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A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism is a memoir about life with an autistic son, Matthew, written from his mother s perspective. It answers the many questions that people have about autism through the story of Matthew's life spanning from babyhood to young adulthood. A Regular Guy illustrates the many ways in which family, friends and strangers are touched by Matthew's desperate desire to be a regular guy, and how his brutal honesty and social awkwardness bring out the best and worst in people in touching and ...

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A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism is a memoir about life with an autistic son, Matthew, written from his mother s perspective. It answers the many questions that people have about autism through the story of Matthew's life spanning from babyhood to young adulthood. A Regular Guy illustrates the many ways in which family, friends and strangers are touched by Matthew's desperate desire to be a regular guy, and how his brutal honesty and social awkwardness bring out the best and worst in people in touching and humorous ways. In turn, A Regular Guy leads readers to love and accept Matthew, quirks and all, and inspires them to understand and tolerate the differences in others.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780980183603
  • Publisher: Landscape Pr
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 241
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Every parent raising a child with autism wishes others would und

    Every parent raising a child with autism wishes others would understand
    what it is like to live with this disorder. In a quick, easy to read
    biographical story, this book does just that. Ms. Shumaker lets the
    reader insider her heart and mind, inside the hurt, the pain, the
    confusion, the worry, the hope and the sometimes loss of hope. It is one
    thing to read about autism, it is another to join the life of a family
    living with the daily unanticipated surprises that autism brings.
    Shumaker gives the gift of allowing the reader into the realities of
    autism from early signs in toddler years through young adulthood. I
    would suggest parents with a child on the spectrum give this book to
    every person who interacts with their child. Readers can't help but feel
    compassion, achieve a greater understanding, cease efforts to urge you
    to try to latest "break through cure", stop judging your
    parenting and eliminate "if he were my child, I would.....".
    Even for those adults who are knowledgeable, compassionate and
    understanding, this book will raise the intensity of those positive
    qualities. A fresh reminder of what parents raising a child with autism
    have to deal with is a good thing. by Susan Ashley, PH.D. The
    Asperger's Answer Book.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    A Real Account Of An Autistic Teenager's Life

    An inside look at what it's like to raise an autistic child. Brutally honest but loving. A family pulls and works and loves together to make the best life possible.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

    Mesmerizing

    A Regular Guy, Growing up With Autism is the story of a family into whose life comes Matthew, firstborn and autistic. With immense candor, the author tells the story through a series of anecdotes. The voice is that of his mother, author Laura Shumaker, who reveals her own agonizing path and channels every other member of the family. Two decades of mesmerizing turbulence roll by in this one-sitting read. <BR/><BR/>Shumaker writes so simply and directly that you could read the whole book without noticing what a good writer she is. But you will find yourself weeping with her and feeing the despair, terror, and the constant presence of autism as it crowds everything else out of their lives. They try for a dozen forms of cure and settle for mitigation that is often only imagined. They cope. They do the best they can and readers will surely wonder if they could have done as well. We are reminded that every commonplace event has the potential for tension and disaster. Imagine Matthew¿s first hard on, in church, during communion.<BR/><BR/>Frequently, Matthew¿s schoolmates pick on him and this sets up the most poignant moment of the book for me. After younger brother, Andy witnesses a particularly nasty scene, he says to his mother, ¿I¿ve been wondering if I would be mean like that if I did not have a brother like Matthew.¿<BR/><BR/>Matthew¿s meltdowns, sometime nearly daily, are the reason for the story. The story however, is about the people around Matthew and their struggle. Everyone in this loving, caring, compassionate family loses it at one time or another, sometimes more than one at the same time. Yet, someone rises and inspires the others to keep going. That is what families do. This story, more than anything else, is the story of family triumph.

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