I Know You're In There
Winning Our War Against Autism
By Marcia Hinds
Book Review & Giveaway
It's not often that a book spikes my interest to want to read and do a review of my own, but that was just the case with this book. I have read more than my share of Autism books and I can't even imagine how many hours of internet articles on the subject, but this book, well I just knew it was one I needed to read for myself. This is a story of recovery. Recovery from Autism. Not just any case of Autism, but one that had no hope from the professionals, the same professionals that we trust to know it all in their fields of practice. So what is one to do? Having all hope of a normal life for your child banished in a blink of an eye, you do as this family did and find a way at all costs.
Book synopsis: At a time when Autism cases were very low in comparison to today's world 1 in 68 (or 1 in 50 depending on who's reporting), getting help was virtually non existent, spread out over the country and very costly. Theories on Autism were all decidedly fixed on it being a developmental disorder, but what if there was more to it? Well thankfully for this family they explored every avenue and therapy existing and emerging and found that it could be treated medically and the pioneers in the field were definitely on the right path to getting their son off "Autism Island" as they coined it. Through trials and errors across states and years this families journey is one of great hope, inspiration and joy. Knowing that Autism is Spectrum Disorder, the outcomes can also be as varied on the spectrum as well. This book documents the amazing work and dedication one family put into getting one child, their child, healthy and in doing so prepared him to be a competent professional that is thriving in our society today.
The issues we as caregivers deal with on a daily basis is covered and honestly Marcia nailed it in this book: in public, at home, with school districts, dining out, trying to make friends for our kids, at the grocery store, relationships, you name it all the things/places for those with Autism there is always some issue or situation that we must prepare for and some we just have to deal with right on the spot. Tools and resources like ABA, proper diet and medical intervention to deal with the issues associated with Autism are key to recovery and the sooner they are implemented the better.
One thing I can say I took away from this book (but had already been doing) ALWAYS! go with your gut feeling! ALWAYS! When it comes to your child.
In closing, I found it hard to put the book down, wanting to get through each chapter excited to learn about each new accomplishment and triumph the family gained with each new treatment. Cheering them on along the way knowing all too well the ups and downs and comparing them to ours, there are so many similarities all Autism families share. In our own daughters treatments and recovery things always got worse before they got better too, it's just the way it works with Autism treatments. We are not as far along on our journey since my girl is only 7, so this is a helpful guide for us as I am sure it is and will be for many. I found some very useful advise that I will be considered in the near future and I really appreciate Marcia taking the time opening up and sharing her story. It's a real eye opener for anyone who has just had a family member diagnosed and I feel it is a definite must read.
A special Thank you Marcia Hinds for providing me a copy of the book for this review and for the additional copy for 1- of our readers, good luck everyone!
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About the Author:
Marcia Hinds most impressive credential for writing this book is that she is Ryan’s mother and their family survived the autism diagnosis. Marcia has more than fifteen years’ experience as an educational and behavioral consultant for families dealing with autism. Marcia holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a credentialed K-12 teacher.