I Know You're in There: Winning Our War Against Autism

I Know You're in There: Winning Our War Against Autism


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For parents of children with autism and doctors treating autism, this groundbreaking guide will give you the tools to help your child.

There was something wrong with Ryan. His parents knew it before the psychiatrist predicted he would end up in an institution. Ryan was diagnosed with autism at age four. That day changed everything. There was no recovery from autism . . . there was no cure . . . there
was no hope. Or was there?

I Know You’re in There tells the true story of how, through diet, applied behavior analysis, consistent and rigorous medical treatment, and more, Ryan’s family was able to overcome autism. It took a lot of trial and error, but today Ryan is an aerospace engineer, has friends, and lives a happy “typical” life. His recovery wasn’t miraculous, but instead the result of getting proper medical care, and his parents never taking “no” for an answer.

Marcia provides real world examples and actionable steps to take to get your child the treatment and care that could help them beat autism. If your child has been diagnosed with autism, or the warning signs are there, which are also covered here, I Know You’re in There is an indispensable resource in your fight against autism spectrum disorder.

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ISBN-13: 9781510748255
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Marcia Hinds will make you rethink autism. She has degrees in psychology and sociology from UCLA and teaching credentials. But Marcia’s most impressive credential is that she is Ryan’s mom and their family survived autism. 

Dr. James B. Adams is an autism researcher with over forty publications focused on biomedical causes of autism and treatments for it, the president of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix for nineteen years, the president of the Autism Nutrition Research Center, the co-leader of the scientific advisory board of the Autism Research Institute, and the co-founder of the Neurological Health Foundation.

Table of Contents

Preface My Son, Ryan Hinds xv

Foreword Dr. James B. Adams xvii

Introduction: Don't Believe Everything You're Told xxi

Part 1 Our Arrival on Autism Island

1 We Had No Idea Ryan Would Change Us Forever 1

2 It's a Boy! 10

3 Life Seemed Perfect and Then the Doubts Started 15

4 The Signs Were There but We Didn't See Them 20

5 Hanging On By My Fingernails 25

6 Road Rage in a Buffet Line 33

7 Nothing Was Normal Anymore 38

8 Megan Had the Answer Before We Did 45

9 I Can't Pretend This Isn't Happening Anymore 55

Part 2 A Diagnosis and a Prescription to Nowhere

10 Please Let This Be Anything Else 61

11 Our Initial Search for Answers 71

12 No Instant Cures and Many Missteps 79

Part 3 Searching for Solutions

13 Thinking Outside the Lunchbox 89

14 Everybody Had a Theory but Nobody Agreed On Anything 99

15 Finally a Doctor with a Plan 105

16 Testing, Testing, 1-2-3 and More Testing 113

17 Dr. Harvey, AKA the Cookie Monster 116

18 Getting Better Takes Time 124

Part 4 Escape from Autism Island

19 Applied Behavior Analysis-To Do or Not to Do, That Is the Question 137

20 Mindi Changes the Game 143

21 The Doctor Who Saved Ryan and Why I Cancelled Our Next Appointment 151

22 Medical Treatment Alone Was Not Enough 154

23 The Not-So-Famous "Dr. Phil" Takes Over 162

24 Gena, Babysitter Extraordinaire 165

25 It Took All of Us and Then Some to Help Ryan 170

26 Pam Changed Ryan's Life and He Changed Hers 175

Part 5 Conquering the New World

27 School, IEP Meetings, and Other Challenges 183

28 Everything Ryan Needed to Know He Didn't Learn in Kindergarten 194

29 Sometimes It's Better to Keep Your Mouth Shut 206

30 Isn't First Grade Supposed to Be Fun? 216

31 Things Didn't Turn Out Like We Planned in Life or Second Grade 228

32 Almost Normal, but Not Normal Enough 234

33 The Social Skills are the Last to Come 248

34 Middle School was Bullying at Its Worst 258

35 The New and Improved Ryan in High School 271

36 Applying to College-Could They Make It Any Harder? 280

37 The Most Important Thing Ryan Learned in College Was Not Engineering 287

Part 6 Can a Family Survive Autism?

38 Will Our Marriage Make It? 301

39 Why Couldn't I Just Be a Dad?-By Ryan's Father, Frank 308

40 There's Never Enough of Me to Go Around! 314

41 Why Couldn't I Just Be a Mom? 321

Part 7 Are We There Yet?

42 Are We Ever Done with Our Kids? No! 327

43 If You Don't Know Where to Start, Start Here 331

Epilogue: We Must Win This War! 341

Part 8 Appendices and More Info

Appendix I Frank's Letter to the Doctor Who Diagnosed Ryan 353

Appendix II Autism-The Real Story Needs to Be Told 356

Appendix III Autism Groups, Another Way Off the Island 359

References 361

Bibliography 364

Acknowledgments 367

About the Author 369

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