There's a Boy in Here: A Mother and Her Son Tell the Story of His Emergence from Autism

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As a baby, Sean Barron seemed almost normal. Though he cried incessantly and hated being held, his parents told themselves it was just a phase. But as he grew older, his behavior became increasingly strange and uncontrollable, and the truth became all too clear: something was very, very wrong. When Judy Barron and her husband Ron sought professional help, they were brusquely told that their son suffered from an incurable condition that would only get worse with time. They had never even heard the word before: ...
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As a baby, Sean Barron seemed almost normal. Though he cried incessantly and hated being held, his parents told themselves it was just a phase. But as he grew older, his behavior became increasingly strange and uncontrollable, and the truth became all too clear: something was very, very wrong. When Judy Barron and her husband Ron sought professional help, they were brusquely told that their son suffered from an incurable condition that would only get worse with time. They had never even heard the word before: autism. In a room full of adults, Sean could not even recognize his mother and father. He rarely spoke and communicated through grunts and screams. He teased his little sister unmercifully. He developed intense fixations, such as an overwhelming fear of left-hand turns that made every family car trip a nightmare of temper tantrums. Life with Sean was impossible, but despite the odds, the Barrons refused to give up. Year after year, they gave him the drugs prescribed by condescending doctors and followed the programs devised by patronizing psychologists. And though nothing seemed to work, they sometimes caught fleeting glimpses of the helpless child inside the stranger who shared their home. They were determined to free him, and somehow their love, their rage, their patience, their sheer humanness reached him at last. A new Sean Barron appeared to tell of the years stolen from him by his mysterious disease. His account is utterly fascinating, for he remembers it all - the fury, the terrifying isolation, the desperate desire to reach out, and the paralyzing fear that made it impossible ... until his family's indomitable and courageous resolve finally released him. Told in the alternating voices of mother and son, There's a Boy in Here is at once the heartrending yet inspiring story of a mother's unceasing efforts to understand her child's bizarre, destructive behavior, and the poignant self-portrait of a boy trapped in a maze of compulsion and obsession. It
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This is the compelling and unique story of the Barrons' long and often painful fight to ``reach'' their autistic son and help him live a normal life. Judy Barron narrates most of the story, giving an in-depth account of son Sean's early years, his behavioral problems, and the terrible inadequacies of the medical field in providing care for him. Sean provides an extremely interesting counterpoint to his mother's stories. His explanations for various behaviors (e.g., repeating the same action over and over, which he claims gave him a sense of security) is often different from how his parents interpreted them. This interesting book for the general reader provides insight into the world of the autistic child. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/91.-- Jennifer Langlois, Missouri Western State Coll. Lib., St. Joseph
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YA-- Autism is generally considered incurable, but Sean Barron and his mother have proven that it can be overcome. This fascinating story tells how the boy, who seemed normal at birth, became increasingly uncontrollable with bouts of repetitive activities and no method of communication. Despite recommendations that he be institutionalized, his parents insisted that he go to public school and, eventually, he was able to change his behavior himself. This story is told in the dual voices of both mother and son. The insights that the young man now has into his behavior and what he remembers from his experiences are riveting. A fast-paced and engrossing book.-- Dorothy Addison, Woodlawn School, Fairfax County, VA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671761110
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Pages: 256

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