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About the Author

Jayne Lytel is Director of Marketing for Zero to Three, a national early-childhood nonprofit. In addition, she has founded and heads The Early Intervention Network. She lives with her husband and their two sons. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953394X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533945
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan Goewey on November 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, I read this book well after my son's own early intervention. But I read it anyway to give myself a boost. The brain is still "plastic" in childhood, so yes early intervention is best, but you have to keep at it as children continue to learn well past the magic age of 5.

I did most of what she did ages 2-6, yet my son has not recovered. He is now 9 years old..and of course, I'm still doing all she recommends and more.... but not with the same "miracle" results she got with Leo... What is frustrating is that I too (like every mother who gets the devastating autism diagnosis) love my son just as fiercely and I too did everytning possible for him, read every book, hired umpteen therapists (at great expense), and trained college kids (at far less expense). But rather than run ourselves into bankruptcy , we borrowed money against our house for his ABA. I would happily trade bankruptcy to achieve the results she did with Leo, but it wasn't an either/or. There are no guarantees, her book will give good advice and hope to mothers of the newly diagnosed, but she should NOT let them off the hook in pursuing diet and other biomedical interventions, although she devotes very little ink to those resources.

And yes, to the reviewer who mentioned siblings, siblings play SUCH an important role in helping to recruit playdates and engage the child with autism..but they too need special attention and my husband and I were careful to give her extra attention, including my husband coaching her sports teams. It is exhausting to try to give both your children what they need when you're all facing autism and the marriage suffers, but as she notes, who has the $$ or energy for marriage counseling?
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally Stewart on April 3, 2008
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What an amazing story! Not only does Jayne Lytell give step-by-step practical advice for parents, but she shares her intimate and personal journey. This is no fairy tale. After her second son was diagnosed with autism, the devastating news wreaks havoc on Jayne's family finances and relationships. But Jayne won't give in. Her determination and courage leads her and her family going through all the storms that are raging around them. Reading Jayne's inspiring story made me feel like I was having a cup of coffee with an old friend. -- Sally Stewart, author of Media Training 101: A Guide to Meeting the Press
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SVMeredith on March 31, 2008
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Jayne's book about Leo, Lucas, and David shows us the power of love, commitment, and intelligence while giving families the necessary tools to come to grips with and even, in this instance, claim victory over a barely understood menace to the most defenseless among us, our children.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Lytel on March 30, 2008
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Hi all,

I'm the author of Act Early Against Autism, and just had my first book signing in DeWitt, NY, near Syracuse, where my journey began. Jennifer Chimber, a mom who attended the Barnes & Noble event, sent me this comment to my personal email address, and she gave me permission to post it.

"First, congratulations on a fantastic book! I am a mother of an autistic son, and this is the first book I read that was candid, open, informative, raw and inspiring. I know you are a talented writer but I believe it is your unconditional love for Leo and refusal to give up the fight that sets this book apart.

I do have a question, not about treatment, clinics, the court system....During the reading today you made a comment that knocked me to my feet. It was in regards to your other son Lucas and the "pairing off" in your family. I have an older son as well....I was curious if Lucas has ever made any comments regarding Leo, or the attention Leo receives. There are not many books out there about the sibling side. Honestly, I am hoping that is your next gift...and really, I was in the back today and watched parents moved to tears while you were sharing your story--it is a gift. Thank you."
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