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Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph over Autism

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She was a beautiful doelike child, with an intense, graceful fragility. In her first year, she picked up words, smiled and laughed, and learned to walk. But then Anne-Marie began to turn inward. And when her little girl lost some of the words she had acquired, cried inconsolably, and showed no interest in anyone around her, Catherine Maurice took her to doctors who gave her a devastating diagnosis: autism.
In their desperate struggle to save their daughter, the Maurices plunged ...

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Overview

She was a beautiful doelike child, with an intense, graceful fragility. In her first year, she picked up words, smiled and laughed, and learned to walk. But then Anne-Marie began to turn inward. And when her little girl lost some of the words she had acquired, cried inconsolably, and showed no interest in anyone around her, Catherine Maurice took her to doctors who gave her a devastating diagnosis: autism.
In their desperate struggle to save their daughter, the Maurices plunged into a medical nightmare of false hopes, "miracle cures," and infuriating suggestions that Anne-Marie's autism was somehow their fault. Finally, Anne-Marie was saved by an intensive behavioral therapy.
Let Me Hear Your Voice is a mother's illuminating account of how one family triumphed over autism. It is an absolutely unforgettable book, as beautifully written as it is informative.
"A vivid and uplifting story . . . Offers new strength to parents who refuse to give up on their autistic children." — Kirkus Reviews
"Outstanding . . . Heartfelt . . . A lifeline to families in similar circumstances." — Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449906644
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Ballantine Books Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 172,184
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Acknowledgments xix
Part I Anne-Marie 1
Part II Michel 217
Part III Catherine's Recovery? 293
Part IV Some Further Thoughts on Recovery; Some Practical Advice; Some Other Parents' Voices 305
Afterword 324
Appendixes
I Diagnosis 329
II Instructional Programs 331
Introduction 331
Glossary 333
Michel's Curriculum 334
Speech/Language Reevaluation of Michel 353
Examples of Data Collection and Charting Progress 357
Index 361
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2006

    A Must Read For Any Parent Of An Autistic Child

    If you are going to read one book about autism, this should be it. After all the other books I've read on the subject this is by far the best: the most helpful, and the most rewarding.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    What a fairy tale

    I admit I never finished this book. I got to the part where the child started talking miraculously at age 12 months. That means the kid never had autism! There was never any concrete evidence that the child did, just the mother's paranoia and one early intervention specialist who bought into it. You can't cure autism by sitting on the floor and playing with your kid non stop. As a mother of a child with autism, I felt I needed to write this review. Don't buy into the guilt of thinking you can change your child's neurobiology by being a supermom, and if your child doesn't do well it's because of something you did or didn't do. I can't believe the average rating of this book was 5 stars!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    The best book I've read so far on childhood autism!

    Written in terms we can all understand, this book is informative, hope-
    inspiring and uplifting. I consider it a "must read" for all who have or know autistic children including teachers, pediatricians and therapists. All my grandson's therapists had read it but didn't suggest it to me-now how can that be so?!! I'm presently starting another book Catherine Maurice co-wrote with some of the wonderful professionals that helped her with her own children. It promises to be even more helpful: "Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism." Yes, it is rather pricey and looks like a textbook, but I believe it will help me with my own struggles helping my grandson.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    A Family Struggles With Autism

    A well written and extremely honest account of a mother's struggle to help her autistic children. Helpful to those who must deal with autism on a daily basis. A good read for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2003

    a wonderful and intimate account

    Catherine Maurice shares with the reader her joys, her fears and her pain as she struggles with a diagnosis of autism. She illustrates strength, honesty and determination. The book is real. It is a true account that children can recover from autism with early intervention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2002

    first book read

    this was the first book i read after becoming interested in autism. and after having read many more books about this epidemic, it is still by far the best. a must read for anyone who has dealt with this disability or has an interest in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2000

    excellent

    I am in the middle of reading the book for the second time. I had to read it for a class I took in college and I love it! Very inspiring in more ways then just dealing with autism but in overcomming lifes difficulties

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    A very important book!

    This is a great book, highly recommended. Should be read by all parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    Must read!

    This should be the first book any parent of an autistic child reads...

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