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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450223028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450223027
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Randy Robertson worked for three daily newspapers in California before joining the management consulting industry. Now residing in New York, he returns to his writing roots with his first book, Finding Mary.

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I would recommend this book to anyone to gain a better understanding of Autism.
Maude A. Merriman
Again, thank you to the Robertson family for sharing your strong faith in God as well as your journey in finding Mary.
Terri L. Blanc
Since I started reading the book I kept going on reading and I finished it in a couple of days.
Zaky

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BESkala on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a fellow New Yorker, I was very excited to read "Finding Mary" and devoured the book within hours of receiving it. My initial thought after the first couple of chapters was, "Darn, Randy Robertson wrote my book before I could!" As the parent of a young child with autism, there were many parallels in our stories. And not just the initial feelings of shock, fear and uncertainty that most families (especially parents of a first-born) often encounter. I, too, knew absolutely nothing about autism before my son's diagnosis. Little things from the obsession with Finding Nemo and reading classmates nametags aloud at age two made me shake my head thinking, "Wow, what happened to us also happened to other families."

I have read anything and everything I can get my hands on about raising a child on the autism spectrum but this book stood out for me in several ways. In the very first paragraph, Randy writes, "Mary sang and danced and talked and hugged and laughed ... and I have the video to prove it." All too often parents of children with autism are told that what we remember is not accurate, and we never lost what we had.

It was definitely heartening to read this story from a dad's point of view. Sadly, all too many of the warriors are the moms. Randy serves as an inspiration to other fathers that having both parents involved in this battle can make all the difference. The amount of love and devotion the author and his wife have for Mary is evident in each and every chapter, on each and every page.

I was glad to read the chapter about their youngest son. As the mother of an only child, I have often wondered how parents took the leap of faith to have another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Dobrzynski on May 18, 2010
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This new author did a great job of sharing intimate details of their struggles with Autism. This heartfelt account leaves the reader with an unprecedented understanding of what families go through every day. I learned a great deal about strategies that I can use today in my own family. I can't wait to hear more about this journey!
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The sincerity and love with which this book has been written are disarmingly touching, precious, needed and immensely useful.

Each chapter not only uncovers the private and intimate experiences -including both disappointments and breakthroughs- of two parents gradually becoming aware of and learning how to cope with the needs of their daughter; it also generously provides readers with practical information which could only be learned through direct interaction and conversations with close friends who are experienced and personally involved with autism - a luxury most of us don't have, especially not on a regular basis.-

Reading this book is like being able to read the pages of a diary, conveniently organized and summarized for the benefit of the readers, and provides otherwise inaccessible glimpses into a reality which alone can teach us what children affected by autism really need in order to successfully develop.

I personally have no doubt that reading this book will be extremely helpful to all parents, teachers, caregivers and doctors dealing with autism in its many forms. This book doesn't leave anything out: the psychology of autism, the role of a proper diet, cutting-edge available therapies, effective teaching strategies and approaches, diagnoses, misconceptions, the challenges of social and family life and effective solutions, the necessary and miraculous support of an active spiritual practice... All that the Robertsons had to deal with in their first 8 years of Mary's life is available in the form of an invaluable sharing, comprehensive, practical, frank and generous.

Yes, generous. Because this book is for the benefit of the larger community, so that the difficulties, successes and wisdom lived and received by a family might become available for the general public and help us all to move forward toward a greater understanding of what autism is, what it is not and what can be done to overcome its challenges.
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Many thanks to Randy and Debby for allowing us to be a part of their difficult journey. This book gives those dealing with autism or just touched by autism a firsthand look at what life is like for families with an autistic child. Parents of autistic children are given the awesome task of finding the right help for their children. Randy has been insightful in giving families the information, whether they choose to use it or not, of where to begin getting the help and what steps can be taken from there. He often points out that this book is THEIR experience and since all children with autism are not affected in the same way neither will everyone's experiences and outcomes. This book gives the reader an honest glimpse of what a child with autism is like. Randy openly discusses the negative as well as the positive. As a teacher, I feel that all educators would benefit from reading this book to understand this journey; to realize that change will not happen overnight and to be able to recommend this book to those who may only be beginning this long journey. As another person wrote - I want more! I want updates. I want to share in Mary's accomplishments and setbacks. Again, thank you to the Robertson family for sharing your strong faith in God as well as your journey in finding Mary.
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More About the Author

I'm Randy and I love writing! Books about sports and history are my favorites and I'm always looking for ways to combine these two incredible subjects. My first published book is actually a memoir of our family's amazing experience raising a daughter with autism. The book is called Finding Mary: One Family's Journey on the Road to Autism Recovery and it's full of inspiring stories, treatment strategies, educational tips, and other powerful anecdotes. Pick up a copy for yourself today!