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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jenny McCarthy's Journey

After reading a comment by someone in my group in facebook, Asperger Moms, I realized that this would be a good book to post on here.  It is one of the most emotional books I've ever read.

Imagine a mom who's son was born having all the functions of a normal child.  Then, after 18mths, the child totally regress.  Stops talking.  Stops doing all the normal things he did before.  What would cause a regression like this? 

Jenny is able, through much hard work and study, find what helped bring her son back out of his "autistic" shell.  If you get this book, you won't be able to put it down. 

She says in her book that she does NOT claim to have a cure. That it only helped her son and he will always be Autistic. I think the critics just were trying to hit her really hard and pinned that on her. She makes sure when you read her book that there is no known cure for Autism.

4 comments:

Melanee said...

I haven't read it but, I have read a couple of bad reviews of it. She is criticized for using alternative treatments an claiming that it cured her child so is giving false hope to other parents. I had been avoiding the book so I'm not sure what to think of it. I am glad that she is bringing Autism treatment to the public's attention though.

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Yeah, she did get attacked about it really bad. That is why she only wrote about her personal journey and not just about what "should" be done. She talks about what it was like having him go downhill and when it happened. All the treatments she tried. All the heartache. She talked about what worked and what didn't. She also says in there that it is different for everyone. Some have tried was she has and for some it worked, and some it didn't. I have a friend that did the same thing and he son started doing really well after all these years of nothing changing. If you ever read the book, read it as an autobiography and not so much about what's proven and not. If anything, she writes very well and it makes you want to cry at times.

She says in her book that she does NOT claim to have a cure. That it only helped her son and he will always be Autistic. I think the critics just were trying to hit her really hard and pinned that on her. She makes sure when you read her book that there is no known cure for Autism.

Velvet Over Steel said...

It is about her personal journey. My son's dad had the Asperger charecterists, was born 10 weeks premature and always had developmental delays. Lots of diagnosis before finally seeing another specialist who said Asperger Syndrome and everything started making sense. Then I had to find a school that would listen to this doctor, give my son the assistive techology he needed and help him finally learn! He has only had a really education the last 4 1/2 years. He graduated High School and is attending a community college. My son didn't get AS from anything but probably genes and the prematurity played a part in his development for sure. But my son did get Better and he did Learn under the right circumstances, guidance and encouragment! I commented on this another time and I got reemed by this AS woman who said they never got better and that people needed to just accept that. Oh my... I was taken back. I kind of knew what she was say, that the AS would always be there. But I also believe that anyone can learn and anyone can improve their social skills, etc. Just my personal expirence and opinion! :-)

Virginia (Jenny) said...

Thanks for your post! There is nothing wrong with searching or looking for answers.

The books was very emotional and was all about her story, not so much about curing anything. It's hard to put the book down.

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