The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening The Heart And Mind Of A Child Threatened With Autismby Patricia Stacey Published 22 Sep 2004
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This enthralling memoir is the day-by-day story of how one little boy was saved from a path leading to autistic isolation. It is also a first-hand account of the new model of research and treatment pioneered by Stanley Greenspan, M.D. that makes this recovery possible for others.
Walker, whom pediatricians worried would never walk, talk, or perhaps even hear or see, was lucky enough to be born to a family who would not accept defeat. Pat Stacey reveals the darkest fears, struggles, exhaustion, tiny victories, and eventual joys her family faced as they gradually brought Walker into full contact with the world.
"The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening The Heart And Mind Of A Child Threatened With Autism" Reviews
I worry that parents may read this book and think they can "cure" autism...which, as far as I know, is not possible. It is clear that the Staceys did an incredible amount of work with their son when he was an infant. From her description of floor time, and articles I've read, it seems like an activity that would be beneficial to any infant/toddler. This raises the question of whether there was ever anything "wrong" to begin with, or just developmental delays that would have ironed themselves out anyway. As Stacey points out in the book, once Walker got so much better, it became difficult to prove that he still needed help. And anyone who wasn't directly involved with him during that critical time will never know exactly what his issues were. I finished this book impressed by the parents' hard work but with a weird, skeptical feeling in the back of my mind, like I was being convinced to buy something by a smooth salesperson. Then I immediately felt guilty for feeling this way.
poorly written. so much potential unlived.
This is a book that I will never forget...It's written by a women whose son was diagnosed with autism. The book was borrowed to me (and recommended to me) by a women who has a son diagnosed with autism. I used to volunteer with children who had special needs, and I found this book very helpful in many ways. It shows something of what a parent must feel and also something of what a child must feel in this kind of difficult situation.
Remarkably, the book is so full of life and humour. Situation in which Stacey found herself must have not been easily. Nevertheless, her voice is so candid and often even funny. The book is such an honest and open account about challenges of parenthood and especially about challenges of parenthood of a child that needs special care.
Being a parent of a child with special needs must be a very frighting experience. Having a child that suffers must be every parent's worse nightmare. However, there is hope. I have seen ways in which people come to help one another, acts that make you believe in mankind again...this book is about that too. I would recommended it to parents. Moreover, I would recommend it to anyone who has suffered or watched their love ones suffer. This book is a beacon of hope. We cannot change the cards we are dealt, but we can make the most with them.
P. Stacey is a good writer from what I have noticed. Besides managing to be warm, sincere and funny, she also has a writing style that I like. One more thing- this is not just a story. There is valuable knowledge in this book. It is a book from which you can learn a lot. The struggle of a mother is at the centre of the story and that struggle has brought remarkable results in her case- and advices we can use in our case.
I do not know when this book was published yet even today there is so much about autism that we do not know. Definetly, this book is not dated!It is an insight into autism. It's in many ways more than just a warm and beautiful story. Parents should read it, but also doctors and professionals working with children (or adults) with special needs.
A friend's son has Asperger's Syndrome,
a high functioning autism. In addition,
my cousin's son also was diagnosed with
autism. My cousin has been very active
with her son, using what she termed
"floor time" with him and has seen strong
benefits with him, so much that she has
begun speaking to groups about the process.
Patricia Stacey felt something was not
right with her son, Walker, from birth.
She became an advocate for her son,
seeking out treatments and therapies
to help him. Eventually, she came to
use floor time eight times a day with
her son. He made incredible progress;
in fact, some doctors have told Stacey
that perhaps Walker was only pre-autistic,
never really autistic at all! Very
readable. The changes in Walker, at times,
seemed almost unbelievable.
A boy is saved from the isolation of his autism through intensive floortime therapy. Some critics of this story say it is sort of 'Cinderella' and that Walker probably was never on the spectrum to begin with. However, it represents how floortime is a therapeutic model that can be used with all children.
I didnt really like this book it was quiet boring. Was very repetitive. It took me along time to get through it becasue I would get bored quiet easily.