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Learning to Dance in the Rain: A Year of Weathering the Storm with an Autistic Child Kindle Edition
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What complicates matters is that Reagan has autism, which leads to communication problems and unsociable behaviour. Strong medications are prescribed to settle her, but aside from wondering if they're appropriate for a young child, we see that they are expensive and can have side effects.
Reading about the situation is at first challenging to those of us with more normal lives. Imagine how it must be to live through the situation. Melanie has been coping with Reagan - and her family - for two years at the start of this diary. Gradually matters have been improving as Reagan learns and her adult companions learn to interpret her words or behaviours. Melanie doesn't claim to be a saint, and she's brave enough to show us her perfectly natural reactions. Like not wanting to be bitten, or feeling frustrated or exhausted.
Every morning Reagan has turned her home into a disaster zone, and Melanie spends precious teaching time just picking up after her and putting on a wash. I was instantly unhappy at all the junk food and refined sugars Reagan was eating, thinking that they would be adding to her behavioural issues. Of course, Melanie is aware of this and tries to reduce the fries, chips and syrupy pancakes, in favour of strawberries and grapes. I was actually so relieved when Reagan helps to make, and enjoys a fruit salad bowl. Turns out the medication has the side effect of causing hunger, and there are teaching feedbacks which Reagan has associated with being able to ask for food. Clearly this is a complex issue.Read more ›
Reagan makes remarkable progress over the twelve months and the author acknowledges that this is not just due to their own efforts with her – Reagan has a fearless self-belief about many things where “her biggest fears aren't enough to stop her”.
Reagan’s story is an inspiration and has much to teach all of us about embracing and cherishing the individuality of others rather than forcing others to fit some kind of “norm”. I love the title of this book, taken from the well-known quote by Vivian Greene. The message is that when life gives us seemingly impossible or exhausting challenges, the answer lies not in fighting or fearing this “storm” but in embracing it for what it is ie learning to dance in the rain. Highly recommended.
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An inspirational and heartwarming book.
As someone who has worked with autistic kids, I appreciated the incredible patience of caregiver Melanie exhibited in this... Read more
This is just such a lovely, heart-warming book, which whilst it centres around a girl with autism, it served as such a vivid reminder of how special, all our children are and how... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2015 by Rachel Tetley
I read this book very quickly as I found I couldn't put it down, I related to many parts. Really shows the good with the bad and is very well written.Published on 1 Feb. 2014 by nicki