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Eating an Artichoke: A Mother's Perspe/Fling, Echo R./Paper/1853027111/S018-F
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
"Jimmy Fling was three years old when his preschool teacher suggested that his mother take him to a specialist for an evaluation; six years later he was finally diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism. Jimmy's mother, Echo Fling, begins her journal with devastating sentence from the teacher: 'I think I need to tell you that I feel something isn't right with your son.' Fling's own fears were thus confirmed. She goes on to chronicle what has been an all-too-familiar litany of problems for parents of children with special needs: misdiagnoses, inadequate insurance, difficulties finding knowledgeable medical care and educational support, cruelties of other children. When Jimmy was finally correctly diagnosed by a pediatric neurologist, Fling learned that Asperger Syndrome is characterized by 'impairment in social functioning; obsessive interests and rigidity; ability to use language to communicate yet poor social and pragmatic skills, repetitive motor mannerisms, and no peer relationships.' Coping and teaching strategies Fling had devised over the years with various therapists were validated, and Jimmy is doing well today. A modest and informative account." - Kirkus Reviews.