A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery

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Penguin, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 318 pages
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Jonah Adams was diagnosed as autistic at two years and eight months. Just a few years later, a doctor refused to believe such a diagnosis could ever have been given to this healthy, happy boy. This is the true story of how Jonah?s mother, Christina, seized his limited window of opportunity for recovery. Detailing how she utilized a combination of a special diet and one-on-one tutoring with speech therapists and behavioral psychologists, Christina shares the entire journey she undertook to give her child a second chance at a full life.

 

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Adams, a commentator for NPR's Day to Day , offers an affecting personal narrative about her son Jonah's diagnosis with autism at age two. She conveys the impact of this diagnosis on herself and her ... Read full review

Contents

Strange New World
1
Dreamscapes
8
Hung Out to Dry
12
Fruitless Ground
21
Summer Storm
34
Darkness Falls
42
A Rainbow with All the Right Colors
49
Tough Cookie
53
A New Mosaic
175
The Wonder of It All
188
Riches
195
Wine for Breakfast
203
Movie of the Week
207
In the Woods
212
A Real Boy
224
Happy Anniversary
230

Desperate Measures
67
Pictures of Us
75
Breaking the Spell
81
Professional Boxing
93
Small Angel
106
Flying
108
Kiltered Vision
117
A Fine Patchwork
131
Blink of an Eye
135
Fragmented Hours
140
Semiotics of the Heart
149
TrickleDown Theory
159
Broken Bits
164
Reclamation
234
Sand and Flowers
238
Special People
243
Fast Forward
255
Blood Oaths
266
Fairly Asparagus
270
Being Reasonable
283
Splayed Wings
288
Turning Around
292
Survivors Guilt
301
Miracle Journey
313
Epilogue
315
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About the author (2005)

Christina Adams is a commentator for NPR's Day to Day show.  Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and literary magazines. She has a MFA in Creative Writing, and speaks at conferences such as Autism One and other support groups.

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