A Child's Journey Out of Autism

A Child's Journey Out of Autism

One Family's Story of Living in Hope and Finding A Cure

Book - 2009
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Told with the intensity of a medical thriller, the extraordinary story of how Clay Whiffen and his family conquered autism.

"Leeann Whiffen's fight for her son is a poignant, intimate story of perseverance and love - a reminder to all of us that a mother is the greatest ally a child with autism will ever have. A Child's Journey out of Autism shines a heartfelt light on a future of healing and hope."
Jenny McCarthy, author of Mother Warriors and Louder than Words

The therapy costs $30,000. We'd be mortgaging our lives and our savings on something we're not even sure could help our son. But the clock is ticking: the longer we wait, the harder it will be to pull him out of this shell. How are we going to afford it? How can we not afford it?

When Clay Whiffen was diagnosed on the autism spectrum, his parents didn't know where to turn. They refused to believe that he could not be cured, and began to try every therapy they could afford - and many they couldn't. In this extraordinary story of one family's struggle with autism, Leeann Whiffen gives voice to the fear of losing a child and the fight to reclaim him, exploring what treatments eased her son Clay's symptoms, where the Whiffens found support, and how the family conquered one of the toughest challenges a child can face.

With a foreword by autism specialist Dr. Bryan Jepson, A Child's Journey out of Autismspells out what treatments worked, where the family found help, and how they made it through this crushing crisis. In a time of despair and confusion - when another child is diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes - this is a profound, proven message of hope for anyone whose life is touched by the disorder.

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2009
Characteristics: xiv, 318 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781402218385 (pbk.) : $14.99
1402218389 (pbk.) : $14.99
Call Number: 618.9285882009 WHIFFEN

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Oct 12, 2009

An interesting read of a mother's journey to help her child overcome autism. Her level of committment would be difficult for anyone else to emulate.
Hiring young people to work with her child and changing the childs diet were two extreme strategies she utilized. Other parents would be frustrated and upset by her level of committment. Not everybody has the resources and belief to hold to this type of discipline.
I do believe that very young children, starting at 1year old need intervention.
More wellness clinics would be ideal with play therapy topping the list!

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