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Miracle Milestones free pdf "Miracle Milestones" is a saga of life, with its ups and downs. It is a story of love, hope and acceptance of the unusual as "normal." The mother writes the family's own history of how they survive and what they are living through in the unfoldment process of discovering one child who has autism, another born with cystic fibrosis and another son with asthma. After ten years, they have adjusted to their "normal" daily lives now, having experienced so much pain and insecurity, yet they have found no cures. Despite all the anguish of a life filled with disappointments, life can have many rewards. This story is about decisions, toughness and support in the care of a child with autism. Unlike many books, this one is without an ending as Taylor, an autistic boy, is still very young. Taylor has made progress and is a special person, but the general population does not know how to relate and communicate with him. All people can better understand this illness where the child appears to be perfectly normal, but can't understand what you are saying. This book can help the people directly affected by autism. It will also enable the grandparent, the aunt, the close friend and the neighbour understand the complexity of this disorder and better comprehend how daily life works and impacts on the family, much more general information is given from other sources. The co-author, a writer who initially knew nothing about autism, provides the more general questions that outsiders have and reacts. Amazingly, the number of children with autism has been on the increase, some say even as many as 1 in 500. Our hope is that others may benefit from this real family's experiences of pushing through problems, despair and shattered dreams and gain strength from their humanness. We hope our book helps people find inspiration, comfort and hope to get past fears of making it through the bleak circumstances of life filled with constant vulnerability and change. It is possible to live one day at a time and find the joys in the small miracles. This book is written for the lay reader in a conversational style which makes it accessible to a general audience. It is unique in that it is written in the voice of a member of the extended family, while also presenting the point of view of the mother of a child with autism in a series of email excerpts. In many ways, this is a typical story of a child with autism: the early months when everything seemed fine, the delay in language development, parental denial that something was wrong, the search for a diagnosis, and the confusing ups and downs of development which so characterize autistic spectrum disorders. Especially useful is that the child's progress is clearly presented as resulting from a lot of hard work on the part of parents, professionals and the child himself. "This is not the story of a miracle - it is much truer than that. It is a fine-grained tale of the realities of life with a child who has a challenging and puzzling disorder, but who is still his unique, loveable self. Parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders will recognize themselves and their families in these pages." - Dr. Elizabeth Seagull, Pediatric Psychologist, Professor Emeritus Michigan State University.

About Marilyn Gelfand

Marilyn Writes: I feel I have become an autism antenna - both to absorb information and to share it when appropriate, and feel very concerned about children with any illness. My own children have grown, and I am the grandmother of a five-year-old girl. I have pulled and picked at both Sue and society and have tried to a good sounding board. I am learning so much myself in this process in a variety of ways. My research continues everyday. I am currently interviewing someone who works with individuals with autism in an in-patient setting, and am reading articles about treatments unsed in England. I hope our "outsiders" can learn along with me. I have a Master's degree in Anthropology. I have been a caseworker with foster children at the Bureau of Child Welfare, Division of Foster Home Care, and a teacher at a day care center. I wrote My Greatgrandpa Joe (Macmillan Four Winds Press: a Booklist starred selection) dealing with respect for the elderly and intergenerational families. I also have been writing a biweekly column in my local newspaper for 20 years dealing with varied aspects of life skills. Currently I train staff in communication skills in a large psychiatric center. Dealing with our emotions and ways to alleviate stress are part of the communications skills I teach. Sue Writes: I am a mother of three young boys: one is autistic, another has severe asthma, and my youngest has cystic fibrosis. For the past eight years, my 10-year-old son has been in specialized therapy provided by both the public school system and myself after a successful court battle. We have tried every possible "cure" there is. He has made tremendous progress, but only to those who understand autism. The world sees my son as lacking or "low functioning", but I see him as growing. It takes great energy to always explain your child's behavior and his prognosis. This is one of my main motives in writing this book. I feel our story is so important for others to read as well as the immediate families. It would be wonderful to feel a part of a group that understands different family issues rather than being alone. Life is still good for the most part, but it's just different. I have co-authored this book as a mother who can embrace my autistic child, love him and continue to fight the battle towards recovery. Day after day, families faced with autism are confronted by the reactions of the outside world. This includes strangers, friends and even family. I felt it was imperative to have an outsider challenge me with questions that no one would dare to ask. Even the people who are well intentioned, don't know how to react or what to expect when they encounter an autistic person. I have a cousin who was not very knowledgeable about autism, but as a mother and grandmother always asked about my children. By fate, she became my co-author, and our dialogues are the heart of the book. Just as relationships develop, our book intensifies with each chapter. I have a Master's degree in Art Education and an undergraduate degree in Art Therapy. I taught kindergarten for four years, and for the last 11 years, I have been teaching art at the middle school level. I try to incorporate myself into my son's education both at school and at home. I am also very involved in fundraising for charitable organizations involving autism and cystic fibrosis.

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Author : Marilyn Gelfand
Publisher : Trafford Publishing
Data Published : 10 January 2005
ISBN : 1412035570
EAN : 9781412035576
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 236 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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