Told with the intensity of a medical thriller, A Child’s Journey Out of Autism: One Family’s Story of Living in Hope and Finding a Cure by Leeann Whiffen is the extraordinary story of how Clay Whiffen and his family conquered autism.
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. Frantically they worked, knowing that Clay slipped further away every day. When intensive medical testing revealed that Clay no longer fit the criteria for any condition on the autism spectrum, the Whiffens’ wildest dreams were realized. Clay had become a typical child.
Written by Clay’s mother, A Child’s Journey Out of Autism spells 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 a child is diagnosed with autism every twenty minutes—the extraordinary story of Clay Whiffen and his family’s victory over autism is a profound, proven message of hope for anyone whose life is touched by this disorder.
* A portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the National Autism Association
This review is from Barbara Cornish, a friend of a woman in my book club who has a personal interest in the subject:
As a mom of 2 Autistic children, 7 and 9 year of age, Leeann’s journey touched me in many ways. In many of the chapters I was right there in her shoes with her as she brought me back to many situations, emotions and victories that parallel my journey with this very same puzzling disease we call Autism. As someone who is also a member of the “mother warrior” club and 1 recovered child, I am thankful that Leeann has done such an eloquent job of putting her experiences into “A Child’s Journey Out of Autism”. This is one of the resources that I can pass on to those families that come to me with a child just diagnosed, with confidence, as I am a believer in the approach that the Whiffen family took with Clay. With one child still in the recovery process Leeann reminds me of why I need to keep pushing, and never give up on my boy, and at the same time embrace, love and enjoy him and all of the small things we overcome each day.
The author’s website can be found HERE.
A Child’s Journey Out of Autism is published by Sourcebooks Trade and is in stores this month.
My thoughts: I haven’t read the book but I wanted to mention that there is a huge debate in the autism community of parents and doctors who feel that there is no “cure” for autism. For instance, actress Jenny McCarthy has been very vocal about her beliefs; what she believes caused her son’s condition and how she found a cure. There is a movement to stop Jenny McCarthy and others who claim they’ve found the cure. It’s all very passionate and heated. I have no direct experience with or firsthand knowledge of parenting an autistic child, but I think there is value in reading about what has worked for some families, because it gives hope and inspiration to those living with autism. But to call it a cure is perhaps a stretch. At least the medical community no longer blames the mothers! What are your feelings?
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