Coming Through the Fog: A Mother Shares Her Journey of Her Daughter S Recovery from Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder to Functioning Recoby Tami A. Goldstein
A mother tells the journey of her daughter's recovery from Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder to Functioning Recovery and independent living, giving tips to parents on how to navigate the medical and educational domain. This story is an example of the unique obstacles facing a parent raising a child with Autism. The challenges they face getting supports. What is Sensory Processing Disorder, CranioSacral Therapy and Bio-Medical Therapy, and what roles they play on the road to Functioning Recovery and independent living? See actual projective trials pertaining to sensory supports. Is educational discrimination the reason there is difficulty getting help in school? As this story unfolds it provides useful tips to other parents to help them on their journey with their child. This story is notable because this mother's daughter was successful overcoming numerous obstacles while providing useful tools, inspiration and hope to others.
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Let me say from the beginning that I do not have a child with a disability, special needs, nor autism of any kind. I read this book with the intention of reading a story of a family who "came through the fog," and as an educator, I was very familiar with special needs children. In fact, I often said that I loved my children who had autism and Asperger's. I was a music teacher, and these students often excelled in my class. I can recall how relieved the paraprofessional were when the students to whom they had been assigned entered my classroom. It was often the only time they could get a break since their students didn't often act up in my class. I also should tell you that I never had any special training. I just did my best to learn from those who were. This book was a very quick read, and it told a poignant story. As I read what the mother had to endure at the hands of "professionals" and her daughter's school district, I was horrified. Having been an educator, I often saw the other side of it. I saw parents who didn't care for their special education child, and they expected the school district to do it all--which they did. I never witnessed parents having to fight for services. I foolishly believed that the school district was always willing to work with parents who genuinely wanted to help their children. I surmised that due to the stories I heard about parents who refused to have their children tested. This book opened my eyes to a family's story that should never be. No parent should have to fight as long and as hard as she did for help. I never felt she painted the teachers and professionals in a bad light, but she told the truth. Hopefully, as a result of her story, more parents will become proactive as the need arises. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite Tami Goldstein has written "Coming Through the Fog" for readers everywhere as an informational, in-depth look at what parents of a child diagnosed with Autism should know. "Coming Through the Fog" also tells what they should do to get help for their child, and if they don't get help, where to look further for assistance. Tami's daughter Heather reached the age of twelve before anyone realized that she had Autism even though she lost weight and after school headed for a cubbyhole area in her closet where she'd rock back and forth, shake, tremble, and cry. Tami went to pediatricians for help with Heather and was told she was a bad parent and that there was nothing wrong with Heather. Tami read, telephoned, networked, searched for support groups and found finally that Heather had what's called Sensory Processing Disorder. How would Tami and Heather proceed? "Coming Through the Fog" is an in-depth, valuable and quite serious book on how parents or caregivers should proceed, how they should network when they receive a diagnosis of any of the Autism spectrum such as Asberger's, Obsessive-Complusive Disorder, or ADHD. Tami Golstein is now certified in work with the Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders and is knowledgeable in the information and tips that she provides. The appendixes at the end are invaluable as are the books and lists of social networking resources. "Coming Through the Fog" should be available everywhere. Buy a copy and leave it behind at school, at the doctor's, anywhere someone might pick it up, read it, and change a life. As the author writes on page 95, "If you can find the right supports at the right time, you can achieve a degree of Functional Recovery."