Voices of Autism: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength

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A powerful response to a mysterious disorder, this compilation features dozens of writers from all walks of life speaking candidly about their experiences with autism—a disease that affects more than a half million Americans under the age of 21 at every level of society. Filled with true stories of the parents of autistic children, their caregivers, teachers, and friends, the stories presented both inspire and inform, providing a palpable sense of connection and community. A comprehensive resource ...

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Overview

A powerful response to a mysterious disorder, this compilation features dozens of writers from all walks of life speaking candidly about their experiences with autism—a disease that affects more than a half million Americans under the age of 21 at every level of society. Filled with true stories of the parents of autistic children, their caregivers, teachers, and friends, the stories presented both inspire and inform, providing a palpable sense of connection and community. A comprehensive resource section for those seeking current information about the science and treatment of autism is also included. Heartfelt and emotional, this informative volume truly affirms the strength of the human spirit.

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"This work showcases how families and caregivers measure perseverance, understanding, and success . . . [the stories] paint a rich landscape that many will find familiar. Highly recommended."  —Library Journal
Library Journal

The fifth entry in the "Voices" anthology project from the Healing Project, this work includes over 40 different stories and vignettes written by parents, teachers, and people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) that showcase how families and caregivers measure perseverance, understanding, and success. Many of the selections stand out, including an sf author's account of her autistic son, a seventh grader's perspective on her two siblings with autism, a memoir by an adult with autism who relied on a tire advertisement to get through tough times, and an account of the challenges of dating an adult with Asperger's. The book's real strength are the adult-penned passages, which will give readers a better sense of what autism truly is. Taken individually, the stories show glimpses of the impact that autism has on individuals and those they love. Taken collectively, they paint a rich landscape that many will find familiar. Highly recommended for public libraries and academic libraries with disability collections.
—Corey Seeman

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Adult/High School

This is a rich collection of essays not only by those who have been diagnosed with conditions along the autism spectrum, but also by their parents, siblings, teachers, caregivers, and doctors as well. In "An Aspie's Guide to Everyone Else," a teen who has Asperger's syndrome attempts to explain the differences between him and those he calls "neurotypicals" or "NTs." Another boy opens "The Price of Talk" with these words: "My name is Michael. I am 14, and I have autism. Some say that I am nonverbal, but I can communicate.... Not being able to talk is very frustrating. My mind knows what I want to say but my lips, tongue, and breath can't make it happen." In "My Special Brothers," a 13-year-old girl writes, "I think it is the coolest thing to have brothers with autism. Anyone can learn a lot from them; I have." In "The Reward," a parent with autistic twins says, "...I learned that until you are confronted with severely life-changing situations, you can never know the extent of your capacity to love." For teens whose lives have been touched by this baffling condition, and even for those who just want to better understand it, this book is an invaluable resource.-Pat Bangs, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934184059
  • Publisher: LaChance Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Voices Of series
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The Healing Project is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005 and dedicated to creating a community of support for those challenged with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Their previous books are Voices of Alzheimer's, Voices of Breast Cancer, and Voices of Lung Cancer.

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Table of Contents


Foreword: The Power of the Storyteller   Aaron Liebowitz, MSW     xi
Foreword: The Power of Numbers   Denise D. Resnik     xv
Introduction: The Changing Face of Autism   Lynda Geller, Ph.D.     xix
The Price of Talk   Michael Johnson     xxxv
Clouds on the Horizon
Anonymous Asperger's   Chris Lee Moore     3
Life with Al and Autism   Jason Trigg     7
What Is   Kimberly K. Farrar     11
Bunches and Bunches   Fred Marmorstein     17
Something Special   Linda Joann Wilson     21
Great Expectations   Michelle Alkon     27
Caught in the Storm
My Seat Rock   Kimberly Gerry-Tucker     31
One of Those Parents   Carla Charter     39
Postpartum Blues Plus Twenty   Claire Luna-Pinsker     43
Saturday Morning Imp   Kathryn Hutchinson     49
When Tears Fall   D. "domynoe" Loeb     53
My Life with Puddleglum   Rudy Simone     57
The Reward   Rosemary Banks     61
Love Lessons   Laura Shumaker     69
Navigating the Other World   Todd Caldwell     77
Special Section: A Study in Hope: A Mother, Her Son, and the Doctor Who Helped
Adam's Journey   Susan Price     83
Long Time, No See   Adam Price     93
Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism   Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D.   Jonathan Tarbox, Ph.D.     99
Finding Shelter
An Aspie's Guide to Everyone Else   Jason Seneca     113
Autism the Beautiful Mind   Elyse Draper     119
God's Special Child   Sheila Webster-Heard     121
Chasing Chris   Linda O'Connell     125
The Feast   Colette Porcelli, MS Ed     129
Sensory Detective   Deanna M. Walsh-Bender, MSEd     133
Mario's Shirt   Sherry Antonetti     139
Silent Messengers   Anne Spollen     143
I Love Lucy   Brian Lafferty     149
The Clouds Part
Run Tiger Run!   Perry Hoffman     155
A Forever Mum   Christina England     165
Just a Little Offbeat   Erin Vick     169
Our Village   Bev Schellenberg     173
Work in Progress   Robin J. Silverman     177
I'm Sad, Too   Lee Mandel     183
My Special Brothers   Kathleen Buick     187
Aron's Bar Mitzvah   Barbara Silberg     191
A Strong Family Because of Fragile X   Dorothy Dillard     197
What My Son Has Taught Me   Sherri Tucker     203
Life with Dax   Derek Neeld     207
Letting Go   Arlene Palopoli     207
My Asperger Syndrome, My Travel Success   Roy A. Barnes     215
Afterword: Is the Future of Autism Research to be Found in the Mirror?   Richard J. Kessler, D.O.     219
Resources     225
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