Finding Mary: One Family’S Journey on the Road to Autism Recovery

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iUniverse, Apr 30, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
This book tells the story of one family. Its a personal journey as all these journeys are, but it generously points out a path that others may choose to follow. Michael Compain, M.D., Rhinebeck Health Center When Randy and Deborah Robertsons young daughter, Mary, was diagnosed with autism in 2005, the initial shock momentarily immobilized them. But a determination to reclaim their daughters life propelled them to make an unusual decisionto reverse the autism diagnosis. Finding Mary is the Robertson familys compelling true story of how they tackled the disease head-on and found remarkable success. From the initial diagnosis to Marys incredible recovery process, Randy Robertson explains how the family explored treatment options, looked into alternative therapies, and never gave up hope. Combining the results of his in-depth research with an easy-to-understand style, Robertson shares the familys incredible journey by detailing the critical steps necessary for reducing or completely eliminating many autistic behaviors. These steps include: Testing for autism and coping with the diagnosis Getting early intervention Constructing a support team Creating an impactful IEP Embracing alternative therapies Forming academic strategies Building upon emerging strengths Visualizing success With a foreword by noted autism expert Dr. Michael Compain of the Rhinebeck Health Center, Finding Mary offers encouragement and support for families struggling to deal with an autism diagnosis. But its also an intimate glimpse into one familys unyielding dedication to releasing their daughter from the prison of autism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 A Beautiful Beginning
7
2 The DayCare Cough
10
3 Our Little Genius
14
4 Mary Peaks At Age 2
18
5 The Regression
22
6 Our Journey to Recovery Begins
34
7 Evaluating Mary
40
16 The ASD Nest Program
92
17 Piano Lessons Accelerate Recovery
100
18 Finishing Kindergarten Sort Of
105
19 The GlutenFree CaseinFree Diet
111
20 Disney World a Delight
119
21 Starting the Biomedical Program
124
22 Repeating Kindergarten Pays Off
132
23 Marys First Boyfriend
138

8 PartTime for Dad
47
9 Bottoming Out
52
10 The Mighty IEP
58
11 Hello Special Education
63
12 Critical AtHome Tutoring
70
13 Choosing the Right Kindergarten
77
14 Brotherly Love Not Always Easy
82
15 Another Baby and Our New Approach to Vaccines
87
24 Steady Improvement for Mary
142
25 Stepping up to First Grade
150
26 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps
157
27 Challenging Second Grade Curriculum
166
28 Triumphant At Last
177
Tips for Parents of Autistic Children
183
References
187
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About the author (2010)

Randy Robertson worked for three daily newspapers in California before joining the management consulting industry. Now residing in New York, he returns to his writing roots with his first book, Finding Mary.

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