A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage

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Beeler Large Print, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 226 pages
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For Beth Kephart's son, the diagnosis was "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified" - a broad spectrum of difficulties, including autistic features. As the author and her husband discover, all that label really means is that their son Jeremy is "different in a million wonderful ways, and also different in ways that need our help". With the help of passionate parental involvement and the kindness of a few open hearts, Jeremy slowly emerges from a world of obsessive play rituals, atypical language constructions, endless pacing, and lonely frustrations. Triumphantly, he begins to engage others, describe his thoughts and passions, build essential friendships. Ultimately this is a story of the shallowness of medical labels compared to a child's courage and a mother's love.

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User Review  - callmejacx - LibraryThing

A Slant of Sun - One Child's Courage by Beth Kephart was a wholesome book. I wasn't aware that the story was about a child's struggle with autism. The mother shared her deepest fears and thoughts. She ... Read full review

A SLANT OF SUN: One Child's Courage

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A mother's bittersweet account of raising a son to whom experts had given the ungainly label "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified," a disorder akin to autism. When Kephart, a ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Reaching for My Son
15
Where Silence Starts
38
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Beth Kephart's first book was a National Book Award finalist & was named a best book of the year by "Salon," the "Philadelphia Inquirer," & others. Kephart has won a 2000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 1998 Leeway grant, & the 1997 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts top grant for fiction. Her essays & articles have appeared in magazine nationwide. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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