AM I STILL AUTISTIC? How a Low-Functioning, Slightly Retarded Toddler Became CEO of a Multi-Million Dollar National Corporation [NOOK Book]

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Imagine you are in the kind of calm, tranquil, altered-consciousness state people aspire to when they meditate.

Imagine you feel no tension or stress whatsoever, neither in mind, body, or spirit. Your entire psyche is enveloped in peace...
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AM I STILL AUTISTIC? How a Low-Functioning, Slightly Retarded Toddler Became CEO of a Multi-Million Dollar National Corporation

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Overview

Imagine you are in the kind of calm, tranquil, altered-consciousness state people aspire to when they meditate.

Imagine you feel no tension or stress whatsoever, neither in mind, body, or spirit. Your entire psyche is enveloped in peace and comfort.

Nothing bothers you.

Outside noises are meaningless. Time is meaningless. You move through life with complete serenity, utterly unperturbed by whatever beings and sounds exist around you.

Here is the good news: if your son or daughter is autistic, that is where they live, in that beautiful, peaceful, totally comfortable world. Nothing bothers them; nothing causes them pain or disrupts their contentment—until you or someone else intrudes on their private space.

John Hall's son lives there. Even when John's son is pushed or pulled out of his altered state of consciousness, he avoids connecting with his father, his mother, his sister, and everyone else. Unless someone interacts with him in his face every moment, John's son retreats into his private world where he is perfectly happy, completely safe, and thoroughly comfortable.

His father and the book's author, John Hall knows exactly how he feels.

He used to live there, too.

In Am I Still Autistic?: How a Low-Functioning, Slightly Retarded Toddler Became CEO of a Multi-Million Dollar National Corporation, John chronicles how he overcame autism, what it was like, the pain of moving from his autistic state to the mainstream world, things he had to learn that most people take for granted, and what he was able to accomplish against all odds. John was able to eventually make friends, graduate from high school, put himself through college, earn his MBA, start a successful company, and start a family!

Overcoming autism was only part of his battle though. John writes about how many of his most significant life challenges began after he began to emerge from his autistic shell - some which lingered long into John's adult life, despite his many successes.

But when John's own son was diagnosed with autism in 2007, John's life was shattered. He will never forget how he sobbed as his son's neurologist handed down his son's diagnosis. At that moment, John experienced the same sense of hopelessness that most parents do when they receive such a diagnosis. And there was so much more. He immediately thought of the hurt, pain, loneliness he experienced growing up, how hard it was to learn how to look at people and to communicate with them, how scary it all was, and how the entire experience follows him to this day. John was heart-broken that his son would be relegated to have the same experiences.

For years, John could hardly say the word autistic when talking about my son. He was not ashamed of his beautiful boy in anyway. John just couldn't hear himself say the word, "autistic" in the same sentence as his little boy's name. John was in denial. Writing this book has allowed him to face his son's diagnosis head on and has restored his hope.

With this book, John hopes to provide inspiration to so many others who have been affected by autism - parents, educators, therapists, and loved ones of those with autism. Autism does not have to be a life sentence. Love, persistence, and support make all the difference in the world. It is why John is who he is today and why he knows his son will be able to write a book about how he overcame autism one day!

As science seeks to develop a “cure” for autism, John seeks to expand autism awareness and hope. Rather than highlighting autism symptoms and treatment options, John's book puts a human face on the disorder. Am I Still Autistic? provides a unique perspective on autism – told by someone who has experienced it firsthand.

Whether you are a parent of an autistic or special-needs child, a teacher, therapist, or family member, this book will provide fresh context on what it is like to be autistic and how anything is possible. Even if you are not affected by autism, this book will move and inspire you!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012941589
  • Publisher: Opportunities In Education, LLC.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 917,017
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. John Hall knows Autism like few others do. Not only is John the father of a little boy who is autistic, but John has also battled with Autism since his own infancy. In his new book Am I Still Autistic?: How a Low-Functioning, Slightly Retarded Toddler Became CEO of a Multi-Million Dollar National Corporation, John chronicles his lifelong experience with Autism as both a “recovered” patient and parent. His message is one of hope and inspiration for the millions of people who are impacted by the autism epidemic.

At about two years of age, John was diagnosed as severely autistic and slightly mentally
Retarded by multiple mental health professionals, including Dr. Ivar Lovaas, widely considered the father of contemporary therapies used to help autistic children. John would spend hours at a time playing with light switches, flushing toilets, and not showing any interest in the outside world. He spent most of his early childhood years in an intensive therapeutic program known as Cheerful Helpers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. By the age of six, John had shown significant progress and was mainstreamed in a regular first grade classroom with special education support services.

Despite his progress, John struggled through elementary school to catch up with his
peers, make friends, and better relate to the world he was living in. While he persisted
and continued to make dramatic progress throughout elementary and junior high
school, it was not until his junior year in high school until John felt he was somewhat
"normal." John went on to complete high school and embarked into adulthood.

John worked full time through college and by the age of 20 was a Director of Sales &
Marketing for a prominent call center firm. In 1997, John co-founded Greenwood & Hall, an education management firm. With locations across the country and over 150 employees, Greenwood & Hall has become a market leader in supporting universities and colleges throughout the United States.

Education is not only a profession for John, but also a lifelong passion. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University in Chicago and mentors college-ready high school students at the Roybal Education Center in Los Angeles. John, a dedicated lifelong learner holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, as well as a Doctorate of Education from University of Southern California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    I highly recommend this book. It is a must read. I work with pr

    I highly recommend this book. It is a must read. I work with preschoolers with autism and this book is enlightening as well as inspirational. I will be recommending it to my colleagues and parents.

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