Eating an Artichoke: A Mother's Perspective on Asperger Syndrome

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 207 pages
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During a routine parent-teacher conference in November 1991, Echo Fling was told by her son's teacher that his behavior in class was "not normal". After two years at the pre-school, five-year-old Jimmy had failed to make any friends, had recently had started to act aggressively towards his classmates, and was beginning to react violently to any changes in his routine. Echo was not taken completely by surprise; she had suspected for some time that her son was different to other children. For the next five years, she and her husband accompanied Jimmy to doctors, medical specialists, learning consultants and psychologists. Finally, at the age of ten, Jimmy was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.

Eating An Artichoke tells Jimmy's story from his mother's viewpoint. As well as charting Jimmy's development from infancy to pre-adolescence, Echo provides practical advice for parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome. Her story illustrates the profound effect it has on the family. This is the book that she needed when she first set out to have Jimmy diagnosed, and it will enable parents and teachers to understand and help other children with Asperger's Syndrome.

  

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Review: Eating an Artichoke: A Mother's Perspective on Asperger Syndrome

User Review  - Cynthia - Goodreads

You read books like this searching for answers. I'm not sure I found any, but I'm glad Mrs. Fling shared her family's experience. Read full review

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User Review  - Virginia - Goodreads

A mother weaves her son's story of his behavior, misdiagnoses, special programs, and ultimately diagnosis of Asperger's. Truly insightful and helpful to anyone who might want to better understand or work with an Asperger's child or adult. Read full review

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Contents

FOREWORD
9
PREFACE
11
Acknowledgements
13
Theres something wrong with your son
15
Looking back
22
Now what do we do?
26
Back to basics
36
Kitchen classroom
44
Out to lunch
100
Light at the end of the tunnel
113
The heart of my artichoke
122
Ch ch cha changes
132
Making sense of the sensory
145
Holladaze
156
Of things motoric
168
My Girly
179

Reality check
53
Away at cchool
66
Just a lonely boy
78
Drugs?
91
Finding his passion and beyond
188
The politics of it all
200
REFERENCES
206
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About the author (2000)

Echo R. Fling is director of Communications in the Office of Marketing and College Relations at Thomas Edison State College. Prior to joining the College, she was President and a founding board member of ASC-US (Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the United States, Inc.). She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Echo is a twenty-year veteran journalist, having worked in both the print and broadcast genres, and has taken extensive leave from her writing career to advocate for AS awareness. Her son Jimmy was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 1996.

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