The Sound of a Miracle

The Sound of a Miracle

by Annabel Stehli, Richard Rimland
     
 

The Sound of a Miracle is the riveting story of Gergiana Stehli's triumphant progress from autistic and functionally retarded to gifted. When mothers from all over the country contacted Annabel and told their stories, she put them in touch with one another, forming The Parent's Network, and inspired them to do as she had done: to defy the negative prognoses of

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The Sound of a Miracle is the riveting story of Gergiana Stehli's triumphant progress from autistic and functionally retarded to gifted. When mothers from all over the country contacted Annabel and told their stories, she put them in touch with one another, forming The Parent's Network, and inspired them to do as she had done: to defy the negative prognoses of the experts and to fight for their children with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD), Attention Deficit and Central Auditory Processing Disorder ( ADD and CAPD), Dyslexia, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. In curing Georgie's painful hearing, her most distressing symptom, a new intervention called auditory training made it possible for her to enjoy communication and to excel academically. There are many Georgies now, ready to take their place among their peers without a label, with a future as bright as any child's. The interest sparked by The Sound of a Miracle resulted in the founding of The Gerogiana Organization, the validation of auditory training as a thoroughly researched treatment modality, and avalability worldwide.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Movingly but without self-pity, Stehli here recounts how, after years of ineffectual medical treatment, she turned to Swiss autistic children's specialist Guy Berard for counsel on her troubled young daughter Georgie; he attributes the unresponsive or violent behavior of the autistic to a painful, sometimes frightening oversensitivity to certain frequencies of sound--present even in a mother's voice. Berard's auditory therapy helps to adjust and correct distortion of the patient's hearing to acceptable levels. His program's success is vouched for in an afterword by California autism specialist Bernard Rimland--and in the ``miracle'' case of Stehli's daughter--now a 25-year-old graduate student. The book will be enormously helpful to parents and care-givers of autistic children, although as Rimland cautions, ``There is no treatment that is uniformly or fully effective.'' First serial to Reader's Digest; Literary Guild and Dobuleday Book Club alternatives. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Stehli's daughter Georgiana, born in 1965, was attached to inanimate objects and completely indifferent to any human contact. She was diagnosed as autistic, and the effort to find a cure began. She met professionals who advised, ''Just love her!'' and others who, citing Bettelheim, blamed the mother for creating a hostile environment. The book takes readers through hospitalizations, school problems, divorce and remarriage, and death of Georgiana's sister from leukemia--a story of grief that is almost overwhelming until their trip to Europe for auditory training to cure Georgiana's sensitivity to noise. After ten days her symptoms went away, her senses reacted more normally, and her behavior improved so much that family and friends hardly recognized her. Stehli's is a powerful story of courage, hope, and determination. Highly recommended.-- Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
School Library Journal
YA-- Stehli relates the details of living and coping with her unresponsive, autistic child. Doctors and psychiatrists led her to believe that she was an inadequate mother and wanted her to institutionalize her daughter, Georgie, but she insisted on keeping the child at home, sending her out only for schooling. When Georgie began auditory training in Switzerland, she became a different person as her hearing changed. High school students interested in working with exceptional children or planning medical careers would be most interested in this book. Written in a lively, readable style, with much emphasis on Stehli's conflicting emotions, it would also be good for those interested in psychology. --Dorothy Addison, Woodlawn School, Fairfax County, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825305337
Publisher:
Georgiana Institute, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
1,476,611
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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