A heartwarming, intimate and amusing memoir of a father's experience raising his autistic son. When Tom Fields-Meyer's son Ezra was three and showing early signs of autism, a therapist suggested that the father needed to grieve. qFor what?q he asked. The answer: qFor the child he didn't turn out to be.q That moment helped strengthen the author's resolve to do just the opposite: to love the child Ezra was, a quirky boy with a fascinating and complex mind. Full of tender moments and unexpected humor, Following Ezra is the story of a father and son on a ten-year journey from Ezra's diagnosis to the dawn of his adolescence. It celebrates his growth from a remote toddler to an extraordinary young man, connected in his own remarkable ways to the world around him.The booka#39;s index doesna#39;t point readers to any ready-made instructions to follow when your child shows no whiff of interest in other boys and girls. ... of routinely rummaging through the shelves of the playroom and dumping the contents of every bin, every box, every puzzle onto the floor, creating huge, chaotic mounds of LEGOs, Slinkys, wooden blocks, and game pieces. ... For the first few months, Ami and Ezra share a room, but then Ezra, three years old, starts becoming so agitated at.
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 2011-09-06|