The Siege: A Family's Journey Into the World of an Autistic Child

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At age two, in 1960, Jessy Park was remote, withdrawn, unable to walk or talk, yet oddly content within the invisible walls that surrounded her. Doctors were baffled. The study of autism was still in its infancy. This powerfully moving book, now widely regarded as a classic work, charts a surprising journey of discovery as it records the challenges & rewards of the first eight years of Jessy's life. The Siege has sold 20,000 copies in trade paperback since 1972. This reissue coincides with the publication of ...

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Overview

At age two, in 1960, Jessy Park was remote, withdrawn, unable to walk or talk, yet oddly content within the invisible walls that surrounded her. Doctors were baffled. The study of autism was still in its infancy. This powerfully moving book, now widely regarded as a classic work, charts a surprising journey of discovery as it records the challenges & rewards of the first eight years of Jessy's life. The Siege has sold 20,000 copies in trade paperback since 1972. This reissue coincides with the publication of Park's new book, Exiting Nirvana. The Siege holds strong appeal for readers of Beth Kephart's A Slant of Sun (1998 National Book Award finalist), Temple Grandin's Thinking in Pictures, & works by Oliver Sacks such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat & An Anthropologist on Mars. This work tells the tale of how a devoted mother accomplished miracles in fostering the intellectual, social and emotional development of her autistic daughter.

Public awareness of this disability has greatly increased seince the movie Rain Man. This updated reisse will be welcomed by parents, educators, psychologists, and physicians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316690690
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/30/1982
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 667,912
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.37 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2000

    Life-Altering Book!

    I was assigned this title while taking a special education course and it was remarkable, not only for its insight into the experience of an autistic child but for the revealing look at an amazing family--and mother--and her approach to her daughter's struggle. I have decided to continue my education and include more special education courses--perhaps due in part to Ms. Park's inspiration. I would recommend this book to anyone in the field of education, special needs, or to those who are seeking to understand and cope with autism in their own family.

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