Evolution of a Revolution: Autism and the Path from Hope to Healing

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This book is a collection of stories about the real secret life of several autism mothers, detailing their stress, their joys, their tears, their laughter, and their disappointments. They describe the struggles they have faced in battling the schools, the state, the media, public opinion, and the medical community that believes autism is a psychological condition rather than a treatable medical disorder. Most importantly, this book reveals the truth behind the causes of autism and offers accounts of real recoveries from a disease that is supposed to be a lifelong disability.

These heart-rending and, ultimately, inspirational accounts offer support, practical advice, and spiritual strength to families dealing with autism. They remind the readers that no matter how hopeless their struggle may seem, recovery is within reach.
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About the author

Helen Conroy is executive director of TEAM Thinking Moms’ Revolution, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. After a fifteen-year career as a vice president at a Fortune 500 company, she helped found The Thinking Moms’ Revolution, LLC and, later, TEAM TMR to help support families living with autism. Helen is married to Doug and has three beautiful children, including Harrison, who is diagnosed with autism and is on the path to healing. They live in Naples, Florida.

Laura Hirsch has a bachelor’s in speech communications and is the author of three books, including The Other Side of Autism. She advocates for children with autism and for food safety and has been featured in the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. She has two incredible children, one of whom has regressive autism and is the inspiration for her advocacy work. She lives in Reno, Nevada.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jan 17, 2017
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781510711952
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Autism Spectrum Disorders
Family & Relationships / Parenting / Fatherhood
Family & Relationships / Parenting / Motherhood
Health & Fitness / Children's Health
Health & Fitness / Diseases / Nervous System (incl. Brain)
Health & Fitness / Health Care Issues
Health & Fitness / Vaccinations
Psychology / Psychopathology / Autism Spectrum Disorders
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“One of the most remarkable books I’ve ever read. It’s truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.”—Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR • The Wall Street Journal • Bloomberg Business • Bookish

FINALIST FOR THE BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE FIRST BOOK AWARD • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
 
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Praise for The Reason I Jump

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