By Ann Hewetson
Laughter and Tears is a first-hand account of parenting Mark, a tender guy with autism, and likewise of a mother's fight to appreciate and have fun with her son's . Ann Hewetson's relocating and considerate account describes Mark's verbal exchange difficulties, sensory integration and meals asthma, shared by way of many of us with autism, but in addition tells of Mark's linked difficulties like rheumatoid arthritis and bipolar temper swings. the writer recounts how she devoted her lifestyles to checking out extra approximately autism. Aided through her heritage in examine and biology, she delves into the to be had literature and interweaves the narrative of Mark's lifestyles with illuminating tips drawn from the paintings of Leo Kanner, Hans Asperger and Carl Delacato between others. state-of-the-art advancements within the box, for example co-existing psychiatric problems, cognitive behaviour remedy and mind examine, also are defined in a fashion that may be simply understood via any guardian. Ann's trip from preliminary incomprehension and a wish to discover a 'solution' to her son's autism concludes with a solution for either Mark and Ann as they come at a deeper figuring out of autism and an appreciation of its strengths. This publication can be critical to either mom and dad and pros in delivering a different, reflective account of Mark's unparalleled existence and likewise a wide-ranging exploration of precious and leading edge methods to autism.
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I decide to miss out on the reading session today – just this once, being fully absorbed, he will not notice. I forge ahead – clearing the back-log. Time passes. Only the grandfather clock is conscious of it. Beside me I hear “book” and look to see Mark holding our latest storybook. I am towed by the hand to the grey chair and pushed into it. Climbing on my knee he sits, opening the book at the page we had finished on yesterday. ” Catching my free arm he wraps it around himself and snuggles. Somehow I find my voice and keep it steady.
Tonight, out walking at dusk, he watches the headlights of the oncoming cars. With one quick twist of his wrist he breaks free from my hand running out onto the road straining to touch the lights. A fast sprint, a squeal of breaks – I catch him as the car stops. Rubbing the lights he is not aware of the ashen-faced driver shaking her fist and screaming at me. SEARCHING FOR CAUSES 37 Unwilling hands It becomes quite obvious that at times Mark does not recognize that his hands belong to him. He has resorted to biting hands, both his own hands and those nearest to him.
Stimulated by taste, smell and free will, the want-to-do-it mechanism has been turned on. ” I expect a stampede of feet down the corridor. For a minute there is silence – then I hear an echo – my words float back to me in a voice exactly like mine. Startled, I wonder if I am imagining things. ” Again I hear the echo. This time it comes nearer accompanied by the sound of running feet. ” I laugh, ruffle his hair and call him my little Mister Echo. I do not realize then that he is actually finding his own voice to communicate through my speech.
Laughter And Tears: A Family's Journey To Understanding The Autism Spectrum by Ann Hewetson