In despair and desperation, one parent abandons formal therapy in favor of unorthodox experiments; indulgence in the very self-stimulating behaviors that therapies sought to extinguish; and disclosure of her son’s Autism regardless of public ridicule or scorn.
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“And when in the grips of a public tantrum, amidst the horror and humiliation of him shrieking and splayed out on the floor while strangers recoiled in shock, my mind lurched towards an inescapable truth – that I want out from this nightmare. I want out from this child.”
Congressman Jamie Raskin, 6th District, Maryland; Professor of Constitutional Law, American University, and Best-selling Author of, We the Students and Overruling Democracy: the Supreme Court vs. the American People.
Ron Suskind, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and best-selling Author of Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism (2014).
Nancy K. Kelly, MS Ed, NYS certified Special Education Teacher/Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultant and School District Administrator
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Grateful to Dc Story District for letting me share the story (an adapted chapter from the book) about the time Zack intersected with the gang. Please excuse the profanity but it’s necessary to the story, which underscores a serious & salient point about public disclosure of Autism ~ never underestimate the lengths to which the general public will go if accurately informed of the truth.
Indebted to Autism Parenting Magazine & Editor Amy KD Tobik who reached out to me for a reply to all those who shamed & criticized my call for more “Sensory Friendly set asides”: https://s3.amazonaws.com/apmagpdf/Issue-85_web_6159.pdf
Beyond grateful t Nonfiction Authors Association and HeidiLynn for taking the time to embark on the remarkable journey so many make, and for listening without judgment to my uncensored voice: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2685292610?fbclid=IwAR1K-5UcuvMnL-BENzmMt8aOhFcySlJxsbwRQV9fTBh-m53BH6rvVpiZSSA