Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism

Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism

by Jenny McCarthy

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller that is an inspiring "story of hope" (People) for parents of autistic children

One morning Jenny McCarthy was having a cup of coffee when she sensed something was wrong. She ran into her two-year-old son Evan's room and found him having a seizure. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed Evan until, after many harrowing, life-threatening episodes, one good doctor discovered that Evan is autistic.

With a foreword from Dr. David Feinberg, medical director of the Resnick Neuro-psychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and an introduction by Jerry J. Kartzinel, a top pediatric autism specialist, Louder Than Words follows Jenny as she discovered an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving Evan from autism. Her story sheds much-needed light on autism through her own heartbreak, struggle, and ultimately hopeful example of how a parent can shape a child's life and happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452289802
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 410,286
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the New York Times bestselling author of Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth, Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood, Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide, and Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life.

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Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Ms. McCarthy universally condemns husbands for being absent, I know I am mot the only ex-husband who is the primary care giver. I would not say that her unusual lifestyle may have casued her son's problems. She does seem to believe she can make all sorts of generalizations and is always correct. Anecdotal evidence of unusual cures abound for every medical problem, but most parents cannot afford to hire privates planes or fly all over the country for the "best" this or that. Moreover, there are proven cases of deaths caused by chelation, exotic treatmens and special diets. I am older than Ms. McCarthy an did not have the advantage of the internet when my son was very young. I did encounter many doctors, government and private agencies, and schools that were not well informed, considerate, or willing to listen or explain. I did not throw temper tantrums or curse them. You keep searching and you can find, locally, those who can and will help. I don't live in LA or NYC , but with calm persistence my son has become a productive member of society. He has not done anything great - except being a loving son. If Ms. McCarthy used the foul language quoted in the book, I am not surprised people wouldn't listen to her. Ms. McCarthy does not mention the stress created with non-Asperger children (because she only had one child) who resent the time and attention parents must spend with the "special needs" child. That is a secondary, but very real problem. People with Aspergers are like every other "class". Some achieve greatness, like Temple Grandin, most functon reasonably well, and some have major problems. Finally, I contracted polio as a very young child. My Mother encountered many of the same difficulties with the "experts" as I did 30 years later. My mother was told that I had to have a procedure she found abhorrent. Thankfully, she refused. It took a while, but the medical experts later decried that procedure as barbaric. Life isn't fair. You can't rely solely on experts. Self reliance and common sense are the keys to success in everything. The answer is not found by blaming everyone who disagrees with you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author tries to demonstrate how behaving wildly or using vulgar language will somehow get you the help or the answers you seek. Being a parent of child with autism is very hard, I know this first hand. Please don't misinform the public that it is so easy to 'heal autism' by changing their diet and wham bam it's all better. These children require constant ever changing therapy. This book would have held more credibilty by focusing only on her feelings. Jenny McCarthy is no medical professional, and the public is taking her opinion and experience as pure truth. Don't waste your money buying this book, instead donate your $23.95 to an organization helping children with autism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are tons of better books to read and learn about autism than this book. This lady is an egocentric drama queen who makes a guinea pig of her child and takes advantage of everybody who she comes in contact with. Don¿t waste your money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jenny needs new vocabulary. I was discusted with the language in this book. I continually shook my head as I continued reading this trashy, shallow attempt at a Mother's Journey in Healing Autism! As a father of an autistic son I would definitely discourage ANYONE from reading this book. It is of no value what-so-ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My brother is a 40+ year old autistic man. Every imaginable remedy scientifically tested and not has been tried by my family at any given point in his life to break down that autistic wall. The only thing that has helped him to become semi-self efficient and able to work outside the home is minutes/hours/days/weeks/years/decades of continual therapy and my mother's incredible ability to never get frustrated with him, his doctor's, or letting autism get the best of her. If changing the diet helped autism, there would never have been a need even for this book. I agree with the review below. I was so anxious to read this book and ended up more heart-broken and disappointed that it's nothing more than snake oil in words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have autism and jenny knows NOTHING about it. Her poor son is not autistic, He was misdiognosed. All this former beauty queen wants us the popularity. Anyone can see that. She couldnt cure a cold if she tried, let alone autism. She has somehow twisted the minds of hundreds, leaving them beleiving her so called cures actually work; and her shoveling in the money. DONT WASTE A CENT ON THIS GARBAGE!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My child has autism and this book was a wast of my time. There nothing in this book that will help you. DON'T GET THE BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vaccines do not cause autism spectrum disorders. Chelation diets are unhealthy and dangerous. Some of the treatments that the author endorses in this book are barbaric, cruel, and disproven. Autism Spesks-- the organization-- does not speak for any of us. Who are we? We are autistic spectrum disordered adults. Every child with autism who grows up becomes an adult with autism. Every child with Asperger's who survives long enough becomes an adult with Asperger's. Autism SQUEAKS ignores us adults because we are no longer cute. That may be just as well. There is no cure for us. We all have different ways of being. All of us deserve respect for who we are. Even those that the author refers to as "low functioning". Better books are out there. Read Temple Grandin or Tony Attwood or John Elder Robinson or pretty near anyone else instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What will that kid be like when he reaches adolescence? And reality sinks in...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of lies and crap on "causes" of Autism. This woman, a washed up former Play Boy Bunny, is dumber than a bag of bricks and has NO CREDIBILITY behind her "theories" of Autism. This book is insulting and vulgar that is "supported" by false evidence. Do NOT waste your time, people!! ~SpEd Grad student.
Busy__Mom More than 1 year ago
I was unimpressed by this book and what seem to be assumptions and opinions that McCarthy misconstrues as fact. Glad I bought the ParentsDigest summary and not the whole book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a feeling that the only reason this book was published is because the author is a Hollywood 'personality' and because she has published before. I appreciate that she has brought attention to autism but her recommendations for treatment are not based on any scientific rigor. She continually bashes the medical community and wonders why everybody does not follow her recommended recipe for success. Autism is very complex. The treatment for autism is a multi-pronged approach. Jenny was expounding about a subject that was way beyond her knowledge base.
greytfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must-read for anyone who has or knows a child or friend dealing with any childhood illness or developmental challenge. Wish humor, outright honesty and bravery, Jenny bares her soul about the most difficult time in her life. The book is inspirational, tragic, hopeful and even darn right funny.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had to overcome several barriers in approaching this book. First of all, it's by Jenny McCarthy. Second, I learned of this book by the furor it created on online autism communities, especially after the Oprah appearance. Third, I knew going into it that she suspects vaccines are the cause of autism for her child, and I don't think enough evidence supports that statement.That said, I read it, and it wasn't a horrible book. My little guy is high-functioning autistic and turns 3 a week from today and will also be starting special needs preschool this week. My son and Jenny McCarthy's son have several things in common, such as their incredible memories and the knack for finding shapes rather than the complete picture (during testing, my son was supposed to identity which picture had a car - he pointed to the car, but identified the circles and rectangles). I know exactly how it feels to see your child asked the simplest of questions and have them instead focus on placing objects in a tidy row. However, I am very thankful that I don't have to deal with seizures or the weakened immune system. I don't think I could handle that.I do envy her money and her access to the best of care. The cost of gluten-free casein-free foods is horrible and they are not easily available. I can't hop on a plane to get the best doctor in the US, or pay out of pocket for therapists. The bureaucracy in Arizona for getting care is atrocious; my son kept getting lost in the system, and has been eligible for four months but no therapists are available. When Jenny McCarthy speaks of the "window" for getting care and making improvements, I know exactly what she means, and I am frustrated and enraged at how little help there is in getting help.I don't know if autism can be "healed." That subtitle bothers me some. Is it like an alcoholic being an alcoholic, even after being sober for twenty years? I just want my son to function and be able to make eye contact with other people, drink out of a cup, or eat a wider variety of foods. Is that asking for "healing?" My husband read through this book as well, and has now vowed to take a more active approach in helping.
worldsedge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Parts of this were poingnant, parts of it were a confused mess that read with less coherence than the average blog entry. Yes, it is sad that her son suffers from autism, but the some of the science on her seems iffy e.g. the direct link between vaccines and autism, (though I guess not as iffy as it might have been once upon a time), and some of the commentary downright weird, as with her references to her Tarot readings. I'm also of two minds on the claims of "alternative" medicines, that she seems to be so glibly pushing. Some of that stuff can be downright dangerous, yet it is also very plausible that a sort of institutional bias or "groupthink" has crept into the attitude of mainstream physicians. But if we go by this book, ALL alternative medicine is just peachy and is without a downside. Not really all that bad, but definitely not the sort of work to approach uncritically.
nyisutter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I would have preferred that the author not use so many swear words in the telling, though I can understand her frustration with the medical community. This book is a candid look at the world of parenting an autistic child and the challenge of finding help for your child. We also have an ASD child and so it was good to read about someone else walking the same journey through BioMedical treatment. I was hoping for more technical medical advice, but I still enjoyed hearing about their experience with Autism healing.Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone can read this book and benefit the learning about Autism. Jenny McCarthy gives an easy read into the insights of her and Evan's world. She has a good sense of humor even at the most heartwarming times. I recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author was not very positive in her approach to writing this book. I did not appreciate her vulgar language.....in which she appears to be a very angry frustrated person. I don't think she has the proof to support some of the information that she leads people to believe. In my opinion, the book was not that good & wished I wouldn't have wasted the money on it.
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