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Gravity Pulls You in: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum (Mom's Choice Award Recipient) Paperback – February 8, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House (February 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606130021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606130025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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John Elder Robison says it best in the introduction to this powerful book, '...the autistic condition is really the human condition.' With approximately 1 in 100 children on the autistic spectrum, isn't it time that we, as a community, educate ourselves on the entire range of what having Autism Spectrum Disorder really looks like? Gravity Pulls You In takes all of us, not just those of us with autistic children of our own, through the challenging experience of living and fiercely loving these children. It is chock-full of extremely moving and personal stories dealing with everything from adopting a special needs child to a mother caring for her dying thirty-four-year-old son. Uplifting and heart wrenching--just like life. - --Monica Holloway, author of Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story

Editors Anderson and Forman, both writers and parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), have compiled an anthology of essays and verse detailing experiences with ASD either as parents, teachers, advocates, or therapists. The contributors are experienced writers and parents of ASD children and candidly share their journeys and life-changing experiences. In an enlightening foreword, John Elder Robison (Look Me in the Eye) adds his unique insight as a person with ASD and the parent of a child with the disorder. The contributors also discuss how having ASD as a part of your life can make you reevaluate what is really important.
Verdict: A support group that's always in session, minus the autism politics and competition, at your fingertips! What parents of children with ASD can gain from this volume is a feeling of not being alone and a situation or circumstance that they can relate to as they navigate the world of ASD. Professionals can gain a better understanding of what their clients/patients (and their parents) deal with on a daily basis. An excellent addition to any public library collection. --Library Journal Xpress Review, June 24, 2010

According to the Autism Society of America, autism spectrum disorders are the fastest growing developmental disability; soon no family will remain untouched. While the numbers may be bleak, the personal stories and poems in Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum are wonderfully hopeful and authentic. You'll find no false sincerity in these accounts; the writers lay bare their mistakes, their triumphs, their despair and their hope. Their courage is evident on the page. --ForeWord Magazine, March 2010

According to the Autism Society of America, autism spectrum disorders are the fastest growing developmental disability; soon no family will remain untouched. While the numbers may be bleak, the personal stories and poems in Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum are wonderfully hopeful and authentic. You'll find no false sincerity in these accounts; the writers lay bare their mistakes, their triumphs, their despair and their hope. Their courage is evident on the page. --ForeWord Magazine, March 2010

GRAVITY PULLS YOU IN is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, --Mom's Choice Awards

What makes this volume stand out, in addition to the superlative writing and honest sharing, are its themes of connection and humanity. While the individuals profiled in the selections do fall somewhere on the autism spectrum, readers will come away from the anthology realizing that, more importantly, all of us, autistic or not, share a common humanity. --Disability Resources Online

About the Author

Kyra Anderson chronicles life as a homeschooling mom and writer on her blog, thismom.com. Her work has appeared in Tiny Lights, Bust Out, and 100 Hats, among other small presses. Her memoir, How My Son's Asperger's Saved My Ass, is not yet published. She lives in New England with her son and children's book writer/illustrator husband, David Milgrim.

Vicki Forman is the author of This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood (Houghton Mifflin/Mariner, 2009), winner of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference Bakeless Prize. Her work has appeared in the Seneca Review, the Santa Monica Review, and the anthologies Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs and Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined. She lives outside of Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She blogs at vickiforman.com


More About the Author

Susan Segal is a graduate of the acclaimed MFA fiction program at U.C. Irvine. Her first novel, Aria, was published to critical acclaim in the United States and Great Britain. Susan is particularly pleased that Aria was translated into Latvian, where her name apparently is also translated and becomes Suzana Segala. Susan has published short stories in Redbook magazine as well as numerous literary journals. She has received prizes for a number of her short stories and two fellowships from the esteemed Macdowell Colony in New Hampshire. She is currently a Teaching Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, where she teaches fiction writing, editing and literature courses. She is also an editor at large for Coast Magazine in Orange County. She lives in Orange County, CA with her son and is working on a collection of short stories.

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They are all beautiful, all universal.
Tanya Savko
Reading this book would be beneficial to everyone and anyone, not just parents of a child with autism.
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It is such a wonderful book that I forfeited a precious nights' sleep to luxuriate in every story.
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"Gravity Pulls You In" is a remarkable anthology of essays by parents of children with autism-spectrum diagnoses. Written by parents for parents, "Gravity Pulls You In" has a special resonance and immediacy that frequently read like poetry and even music. Each child described is unique, with a particular poignancy to the uniqueness. Part of being a parent to such a child seems to include a journey towards a totally different experience of the world. Being able to empathize with your child can open you to new worlds and new experiences. "Gravity Pulls You In" is well worth reading for all educators and child development related professions, as well as other parent. Here is one quotation that is both typical and striking in its originality: "Living with Jacob is about more than allowing the language of his mind to erase the chalk lines of my own patterns. It is about unexpected intersections, the willingness to walk blind, to discern shadows in the lay of the land. It is about the painful unburdening that comes when the mind expands to see anew (p.91)."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Rosa on March 5, 2010
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Gravity Pulls You In is the book I can finally point to and say, "Yes, this here -- this will give you a sense of what autism is really about, why 'autism' has no one meaning, how our families' and children's joys, pain, love, sorrow, realities feel. Yes. This will help you understand. And if you're a parent new to the world of autism, this will light your way."

I have to warn you -- Gravity Pulls You In is an emotional neutron star. It turned me inside out, had me weeping in both awe and anguish, and I quickly learned not to read it in public. While I mooned over Drama Mama's, Carolyn Walker's, and Emily Willingham's love letters to their children, even the stories that wrung me dry, like Maggie Kast's No Pity, or Ralph James Savarese's You're Adopting Whom? exude love, pride -- and such grace. As contributor Cheri Brackett came to write about herself, Gravity Pulls You In is a testament to parents "valiant and remarkably dedicated."

(Excerpted from my interview with editor Kyra Anderson on [...])

-Shannon Des Roches Rosa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Communication Therapy on April 11, 2010
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As a speech-language pathologist who works with children with autism spectrum disorders, I found this collection of incredible essays to be inspiring. It added many layers of understanding to my relationships with my clients and their families. I cannot recommend it highly enough - I read most of it in one sitting, I never wanted to put it down. I'd like to give a copy to every family I work with!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on July 14, 2010
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Gravity Pulls You In is a collection of thirty-three essays and poems written by parents of children who are on the autism spectrum. Autism is not a disease but a disorder. The common thread of children who have autism is some degree of social impairment.

In his forward, John Elder Robinson, autistic himself, states that autism is all the autistic child knows. The autistic child may be aware of having less ability, but autism is their "normal." However, autism is not normal for the parent. In one essay, a mother says that she died the day her daughter was diagnosed as a savant.

These honest essays and poems examine the physiological and emotional toll that autism has on parents. Parents share personal experiences and perspectives about how their child's disorder affects them and how they see themselves as the "outsiders," trying to understand and move their children forward into functioning closer to "normal." Within the pages, parents discuss how they have become advocates for awareness of autism and for early intervention to help their children.

Through their stories, parents explain how the diagnosis of autism redefined their worlds and their parenting roles. In "Evolution of a Fairy," Carolyn Walker says, "When it is impossible for a child to change, a mother must, I discovered. It is the only way to keep the heart whole." Another mother asks, "Will today be the day you can start being the mother you wanted to be?"

Parents detail how difficult "autism land" can be, marked by therapies, IEPs (IEP is an acronym for individualized education plan, which outlines in detail what instructional and other special services will be provided for children with special needs), clinical charts, disclaimers, and more labels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tanya Savko on March 14, 2010
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I couldn't wait for Gravity Pulls You In to come out, and not just because I know several of the contributors (although that was part of the reason, of course). It's because the very idea of this book - a collection of essays and poems written by different parents of very different children on the autism spectrum - is unique and remarkable.

Kyra and Vicki have done an amazing job of editing and sequencing the contributions; the essays and poems flow into one another with the grace and beauty with which they were written. Each piece is an integral part of one of three sections: "Notes from Autism's Edges," insightful writings about the experiences of and observations on being the parent of a child with an ASD; "String Theory," emotional offerings on the connections we have with our children; "And the Shoes Will Take Us There," inspiring pieces about where we have gone with our children, and how we got there.

They are all beautiful, all universal. I found myself alternately laughing and crying my way through the book, all the while nodding my head. This is quite a journey we share. Our experiences may well be different, but we can identify with all of them. We empathize, we understand. And several times I felt like I was reading about my son, as if I had written it. As if this fellow parent had looked into my memories and said, "Yes, I've been there too. You are not alone."

Gravity Pulls You In is a wonderfully touching anthology that I highly recommend to anyone whose life is affected by autism, whether a parent, relative, friend, neighbor, teacher, or therapist. This book is the parents' perspective - what we think and believe, how we feel, what we do, and why. I've read many autism-related books over the years since my son's diagnosis.
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