Finding Ben

Finding Ben

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by Barbara LaSalle
     
 

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One mother's remarkable account of raising an Asperger's syndrome child

Ben seemed to be an extraordinary child.

Born with a superanalytical mind, he was able to store hordes of information like a minicomputer. Yet, lurking beneath this boy genius's amazing, albeit useless, gifts for facts were an extraordinary fear of change and social

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One mother's remarkable account of raising an Asperger's syndrome child

Ben seemed to be an extraordinary child.

Born with a superanalytical mind, he was able to store hordes of information like a minicomputer. Yet, lurking beneath this boy genius's amazing, albeit useless, gifts for facts were an extraordinary fear of change and social aloofness. Unknown to his mother, Barbara, until much later, Ben suffered from Asperger's syndrome--the "little grown-up" disorder--a neurobiological disease similar to autism. Frank, honest, and beautifully written, Finding Ben is a remarkably moving account of Barbara LaSalle's struggles to understand--and overcome--the guilt she feels for not fully loving her son.

Burdened with the belief that the world would look at her son and somehow see her own failure, Finding Ben is a powerfully honest narrative account of how a mother's love can turn over time into resentment for having to raise a special-needs child.

LaSalle's special friendship with Jack, a man full of wisdom despite his debilitating brain aneurysm, that LaSalle is finally able to love her son--and herself--again. With two stories to tell, Finding Ben is both a fascinating look at a mercurial disease and a powerful story of one mother's personal journey from frustration and resentment to love and acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071425506
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
03/22/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
411 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara LaSalle, M.A., is a marriage and family therapist who runs a psychotherapy practice in Los Angeles. A tireless advocate for people with mental illness, she is a frequent lecturer, workshop leader, and documentary filmmaker whose films include It's Not All in Their Minds, Living with A.D.D., and What Happens When My Child Grows Up? This is her first book.

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Finding Ben: A Mother's Journey Through the Maze of Asperger's 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an ABA therapist and enjoy reading about Autism and other disorders. This woman does nothing in the book except whine about how SHE would never have friends because her son was ODD. She is embarrased for her 465 lb son being fat. But continues to buy him grocerries in bulk. I am ready to email the author and ask for my $20 back.