Gift from My Son: Autism Redefined

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When Keli Lindelien's son Benjamin was diagnosed with autism, her life was turned upside down. No longer could she function as a family law attorney or juvenile prosecutor. Now she had a new full-time job: taking care of Benjamin.

But she wanted to do more than merely use behavior-modification therapies to make him fit in. She wanted to understand him and help him. The diagnosis proved to be the beginning of an extraordinary journey.

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Overview

When Keli Lindelien's son Benjamin was diagnosed with autism, her life was turned upside down. No longer could she function as a family law attorney or juvenile prosecutor. Now she had a new full-time job: taking care of Benjamin.

But she wanted to do more than merely use behavior-modification therapies to make him fit in. She wanted to understand him and help him. The diagnosis proved to be the beginning of an extraordinary journey.

Combining external research and inner work to enhance her understanding of autism, she searched for and discovered natural medicines and therapies that reversed many symptoms. In the process, she learned to communicate with Benjamin at his own level.

Watching carefully, she discovered that Benjamin's condition included not only disabilities but also unsuspected abilities. Ultimately, her observation and experience led her to develop a new theory about the role of left versus right brain dominance in autism.

This breakthrough view of autism, told by the mother of an autistic child, includes a comprehensive chart of the progression and reversal of Benjamin's physical symptoms that resulted from a course of natural therapies, tips to parents of autistic children on toilet training and travel, and a description of other resources available.

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"There are a number of fine books written by parents of autistic children, but with Gift from My Son Keli Lindelien takes us to new territory: using intuition as a guide on the journey of autism. Lindelien's story of how she came to understand many of Benjamin's seemingly purposeless behaviors and how she was led to the therapies and lifestyle changes that helped her son is a moving and inspiring account. It demonstrates once again that the body-mind has its own wisdom, which is revealed to us if we learn how to see." --Stephanie Marohn, author of The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism

"There are a number of fine books written by parents of autistic children, but with Gift from My Son Keli Lindelien takes us to new territory: using intuition as a guide on the journey of autism. Lindelien's story of how she came to understand many of Benjamin's seemingly purposeless behaviors and how she was led to the therapies and lifestyle changes that helped her son is a moving and inspiring account. It demonstrates once again that the body-mind has its own wisdom, which is revealed to us if we learn how to see." --Stephanie Marohn, author of The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571743916
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xvii
Part I The Boy
1 The Arrival 3
2 The Allergies 13
3 The Diagnosis 16
4 The Challenges and Differences 27
5 The Natural Medicine Treatments 40
6 The Conventional Therapies 64
7 The Gifts 70
8 The Influences 84
9 The Possible Explanations 90
10 The Change in Me 104
11 The Status Quo 108
12 The Synchronicities 113
13 The Boy Today 118
14 The Judgment 127
15 The Realization 131
Part II For Parents and Caregivers
16 The Things That Work 137
Nature and Grounding 137
Learning Techniques 139
Toilet Training 140
Behavioral Difficulties 141
Body Discomfort 145
Illness 146
Discipline 147
17 Advice for Parents and Caregivers 151
Appendix A Toilet Training Protocol 155
Appendix B Benjamin's Charts 159
Endnotes 161
Bibliography 167
About the Author 169
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