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

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

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by Catherine Maurice
     
 

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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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449906644
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Edition description:
1st Ballantine Books Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
150,226
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.67(d)

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Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph over Autism 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I completely agree with autismmomMA .  My autistic daughter turned 12 yesterday so I appear to be further through path than most of the reviewers.  We used  ABA and it felt it helped her and us a great deal and would recommend it as as treatment.   I read Catherine Maurice's book shortly after diagnosis and it really annoyed me.  As commented, I felt it guilts trips parent into an unattainable  treatment standard (I was one of my daughters therapists and it hard yards) and I do not believe what is claimed  ie 3 people were able to ensure she was never left alone is possible. Even worse there appears to be zero evidence that any of the claims are true.  Catherine Maurice is a pen name and no one to my knowledge has been allowed to meet the 'cured' children (now adults).  I understand the desire to protect the privacy of your children but this is not reasonable if   want to write a best selling book. Note I have been off the circuit for a while and if the author has put forward evidence of the treatment success I humbly apologise however I would still have an issue with the way treatment standards are outlined. There are many excellent books by adults coping with autism (Temple Grandin is a stand out) or where the the adults journey is supplemented by afterwords from the child (now adult). If you want a good work of fiction read A Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time        
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Sheila_in_Burbank_CA More than 1 year ago
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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MissKrissy More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, highly recommended. Should be read by all parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be the first book any parent of an autistic child reads...
autismmomMA More than 1 year ago
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!!!!