Running with Walker: A Memoir

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 236 pages
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By the time he was three, Walker's parents were concerned enough about his delayed development to consult a paediatric neurologist. Doctors diagnosed autism and issued a grim prognosis: 'I hold out no hope for this child'. But they hadn't accounted for Walker's intelligence, affection, and sense of humour - or for the remarkable bonds that grew within his family.

Walker's father, Robert Hughes, tells a touching and inspiring story of discovering that their 'perfect little boy had a problem'. With disarming honesty and humour, the book tells how a family copes and keeps hope alive despite the staggering difficulties autism presents.

 

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Hughes (English, Truman Coll.) makes a wonderful addition to the growing number of personal narratives dealing with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). While not purporting to provide anything more ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue Christmas Party 1997
9
A New Cult
21
Denial
31
Brothers
44
Yes and No
54
Child Development to the Rescue
65
Cemetery School
83
Running With Walker
96
Maureen
134
Yearning
148
The Apocalypse
163
Davy Crashes
179
Liftoff?
192
Apocalypse Again
208
Hope
223
Epilogue June 2001
233

The Two Walkers
109
Nothing is Written
121

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Robert Hughes teaches English at Truman College in Chicago. His articles have appeared in Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, Parents Magazine and Chicago Magazine.

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