A Life Suspended: A Mother and Son's Story of Autism, Extinction Bursts, and Living a Resilient Life

A Life Suspended: A Mother and Son's Story of Autism, Extinction Bursts, and Living a Resilient Life

by Nicole Donovan

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Overview

Nicole Hendrick Donovan, a mother of four, couldn't have prepared for the events that led to her son's removal from the public-school system. Behavioral spikes, depression, and anxiety were only symptoms of an underlying diagnosis, which had gone untreated for years. On a sunny afternoon, Jack eloped from first grade, creating chaos and leaving a trail of injured staff in his wake. Within the pages of her memoir, Donovan describes the path to her son's autism diagnosis and her journey to acceptance and unconditional love, not only for Jack, but also for herself.

In the family's dedication to get to the bottom of their son's issues, they enlist a group of professionals to help understand Jack's educational rights, his academic needs and to aid in the creation of therapeutic supports. After becoming completely enmeshed in Jack's well-being, Nicole loses herself in the process. She soon realizes her resentments at a failed system and the continuous fear around Jack's future are sparking a series of panic attacks, which prompts her to look deeper within herself for answers. As Nicole surrenders to the ebb and flow of life, she opens her heart and sees what truly matters.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734628609
Publisher: Nicole M Donovan
Publication date: 07/25/2020
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 518,118
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Nicole Hendrick Donovan is an author, reflective storyteller, spiritual seeker, energy healer and workshop facilitator. Nicole is a former Montessori educator who has worked with a variety of students with various needs. After her son's autism diagnosis, she became an ABA therapist and worked directly with children and families in the autism community. In 2017 Nicole shifted her focus to her memoir, A Life Suspended, a Mother and Son's Story of Autism, Extinction Bursts and Living a Resilient Life, as well as writing for her blog. Within the pages of her memoir, Donovan describes the path to her son's autism diagnosis and her journey to acceptance and unconditional love, not only for Jack, but also for herself. Whether it is through her memoir, workshops or on her blog, Donovan's vulnerable storytelling cultivates compassion and understanding, opening a door where acceptance and empathy expand. As an extension of her offerings, she is the curator of Rose Ray Healing Arts, a line of essential oil products and energy alignment services. www.nhdwrites.com

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