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Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism [Hardcover]

Jenny McCarthy
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31 Oct 2007
On the morning Jenny McCarthy discovered her two-year-old son Evan having a seizure, her life turned upside down. From being the mother of an average toddler she was suddenly thrown into a world of turmoil. As doctor after doctor misdiagnosed his symptoms, Evan suffered many harrowing, life-threatening episodes. Then, one amazing doctor recognized the truth. Evan was autistic. Desperate, but relieved to finally have a diagnosis, Jenny didn’t know what to do or where to go for guidance. Alone, and without any resources - except for her unshakeable determination to help her son - Jenny soon realized that she’d have to become a detective if she was ever going to be able to help her son. She embarked on a frantic search for guidance and information, and spoke with many doctors, nurses, parents, government agencies and private foundations. Essentially, she earned a Ph. D. in ‘Google research’. Eventually, she discovered the groundbreaking programme that became the key to helping Evan. Deeply moving, and at times heartbreaking, in Louder Than Words Jenny McCarthy reveals more than the winning formula that worked for her son. Here she tells of the remarkable, sometimes harrowing, journey of discovery they took together. She shares the frustrations and joys of raising an autistic child and creates a road map for concerned parents. She also shows how, with love and determination, parents may be able to shape their child’s destiny and their future happiness.
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  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc; 1 edition (31 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780525950110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525950110
  • ASIN: 0525950117
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny's brutally honest story tells of frustration, heartache and endless hope as she searches for a possible "cure" for her child. -- Hot Stars magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The remarkable story of one mother’s fight to ‘heal’ her autistic son. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
THis is the first book that Jenny McCarthy wrote about her journey to heal her son who was diagnosed with Autism
It pulls no punches she tells it as it it is sometimes sad sometimes happy.
Its a must have book if you have a very special Autistic child
Jenny is a celebrity mum so she has been able to bring this way of thinking to the masses
Her partner is Jim Cary he is very supportive of her and her child
Please read this book for your childs sake
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here Comes the Son! 19 Sep 2007
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When Evan McCarthy was 2, he suffered from severe convulsions. The medications he was given caused false positives in that his behavior was described as violent and psychotic. Marginally verbal prior to his seizures, Evan displayed autistic behavior that was overlooked. A peaceful, non-demanding baby, Evan's interest in door hinges and quiet pasttimes was not readily identified as autism.

The warning bells went off after his epileptic episodes; Jenny McCarthy even took some of Evan's medicine to see if she would suffer from the same symptoms. When she learned that she, too suffered from an inability to keep saliva from overflowing and to keep her mind from wandering, it certainly wasn't good for Evan. The doctors who prescribed it continued dismissing her claims.

Jenny McCarthy has written books about the humorous aspects of pregnancy and motherhood. She has been on television discussing those books and sharing funny insights. She candidly explains the poignant irony of those books when observing her son's behavior.

Evan's behavior was uncontrollable at one point. It was then that Jenny McCarthy realized that he was being pushed out of his Comfort Zone. His earlier peaceful period remained intact as no demands were made of him. Once he became more alert and responsive, he objected strenuously if any door was open, even partially. Furniture could not be moved. Upon starting preschool, he would have a magified version of the flu, being out for weeks whereas his classmates suffered only a few days.

I like her honesty about her resentment and feelings of isolation when seeing other children Evan's age and noticing the thunderous contrast in behavior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Aug 2013
By Decia
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Wow, almost like reading my life for the passed 18months only I had a second child while going through it all.
My son is 3 and a half and non verbal with severe constipation and I look forward to trying some of the ideas I got from th his wonderful book and doing some more research of my own, in order to get some answers to all my unanswered question.
Thank you Jenny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 8 Mar 2013
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Forget all the technical books for ADHD etc - read this!! Written with compassion from a lady with personal experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 6 Jan 2013
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Our son is three , almost four and was diagnosed with autism 3 weeks ago.
We live in the United kingdom and can not get these therapies easily but we will manage it somehow.
Amazing story. Inspirational.
I hope and pray for the same outcome for my baby who is totally non verbal and non responsive.
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