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Not My Boy!: A Father, A Son, and One Family's Journey with Autism Hardcover – March 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323615
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former NFL star quarterback Peete sheds his macho gridiron side and pours his heart out in his no-holds-barred family memoir, recounting the stresses of having a child with severe autism and the daunting challenge of realigning parental expectations. Recollecting golden memories of a supportive father's role in his successful life, he imagines a similar time with his son, R.J., but everything changes for the worse when R.J. is diagnosed with autism at age three. His marriage almost collapses under the weight of the diagnosis while his valiant wife, Holly Robinson Peete, emerges as the child's advocate amid Rodney's overwhelming anger and denial, ultimately triumphant in getting R.J. the proper attention. This invaluable parental primer on guiding an autistic child through the medical and therapeutic maze along with strengthening a besieged marriage will give renewed hope to all those in the same situation. A portion of this book's proceeds will go to autism charities. (Apr.)
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"Rodney Peete writes a compelling book that will help fathers emotionally deal with the challenge of raising a child with autism." ---Alonzo Mourning, former NBA player --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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This is a great book, and helped a relative understand my son much better.
Caroline Writer
I would recommend this book to anyone with a special needs child and even those without.
Kim Young
The book is a very real story, very easy to read, captures you from the first chapter!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Guyette on April 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I give Peete credit for being so honest, especially about his own shortcomings and denial with his son's diagnosis of autism. As a father of an Asperger's child, there was much I could relate to. If you don't have a child with autism or any other type of disability, the read won't be as strong because Peete's story is very situation specific. Peete shows that being a father is much more than making money and providing financially: It's about being there emotionally for the kids and the wife, especially in a case when raising the child is tougher than expected.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Thompson on April 17, 2010
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This is a powerful account of the Peete family's journey with their son's autism diagnosis. A must read for any family facing a similar diagnosis and for all who want a deeper understanding.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Dowling on May 3, 2010
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It is my feeling that if you are the parent of an autistic child, especially if you are just recieving the diagnosis, this is a book that will let you know that you are not alone in your denial, disappointment and just about any other emotion that you are having. I also think that family members, teachers, anyone who is in contact with an autistic child would benefit greatly from this book. I originally picked it up for my husband, but ended up reading it first. It gave me great comfort and the feeling that we are not alone in our struggles with our son. Thank you, Rodney Peete, for sharing your story.Not My Boy!: A Father, A Son, and One Family's Journey with Autism
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joy Berg on April 22, 2010
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Very descriptive and honest writing! Nice to hear from a dad's point of view and experience. Thanks Dad!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Phillips on June 4, 2010
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I found this book to be extraordinarily comforting. A lot of the issues we are facing with our child--inclusion, "the other spectrum"--are discussed freely and openly here. Even the touchy vaccine debate is discussed without emotional upheaval, and Mr. Peete has some food for thought.

I got lucky--my child is awesome (she really is), and my husband is an equal partner in this journey; a lot of mothers are not so lucky. My hope is that some of those fathers that have dropped out or shut down might read this book, and find some comfort, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on July 19, 2010
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We often think of the glamorous side of professional sports - the multi-million dollar contracts, the adulation of the fans, the steady stream of endorsements, and all the other perks that come along to those talented enough to be a regular topic of discussion on ESPN - until we're reminded that all the fame and money in the world are useless when a family has to deal with the harsh reality of autism.

Such is the story of former NFL star, Rodney Peete, who grew up in the relative comfort of the southeastern Arizona desert, with a supportive family - featuring a dad who became a terrific role model for young Rodney as he developed his obvious athletic prowess, from high school track star to gifted NFL quarterback.

However, when everything seemed to be going Peete's way, he and his wife were faced with the devastating diagnosis no parent would ever want to hear - that their young son was afflicted with autism. After a brief period of denial, which must be normal for anyone dealing with this issue, the Peetes faced the challenge head-on, with a positive attitude, understanding, compassion; and above all else, love for their child.

This is a story filled with an inspirational message for any parents facing similar challenges; and it's not necessarily just for those trying to cope with autism. It's about making the best of any difficult situation; about bonding together as a family to deal with a crisis; and in the end, reaching a point of acceptance and positive resolution.

This is indeed a wonderful book which delivers a truly inspirational message of hope. Read it; you'll be moved as I was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 5th-El on May 5, 2014
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I have a 3 year old child who has had developmental delays (gross motor, fine motor, speech). No other formal diagnosis. I have been very aggressive with my child's therapy in the last 1.5 years. My husband has been in denial until recently, now that our child is improving, communicating better, etc. A friend of mine recommended this book for him. We both read it. Many emotions were similar, Holly was aggressive in her approach, while Rodney was in denial. The book is a very real story, very easy to read, captures you from the first chapter! My husband got very emotional reading the book, as many situations and comments hit home. Page 130 specifically. He thanked me for having him read the book. So I wanted to send a 'thank you' to the Robinson-Peete family too!
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This is a great book, and helped a relative understand my son much better. While it is not the subject of the book, Rodney Peete alludes to the fact that his son changed after a series of shots.
After hearing this story, linked from his lawyer's website:

http://www.morganverkamp.com/august-27-2014-press-release-statement-of-william-w-thompson-ph-d-regarding-the-2004-article-examining-the-possibility-of-a-relationship-between-mmr-vaccine-and-autism/

about a researcher in the CDC who admitting skewing research data to conceal that there was a 2-3 fold higher rate of autism for African American children who got the MMR shot at age 1 instead of age 3. I wonder if, like so many of our kids of all ethinc origins, Rodney's son's autism could have been prevented had he got his shots later, and I wonder if the child's parents have heard this news. Read everything you can, ignore knee-jerk responses that attack people for telling their story of vaccine injury, and listen to those of us who have recovered our child partly through biomedical methods. Yes, while autism brings gifts and talents to those least affected, severe autism causes severe anguish, severe financial devastation, and a desperate cure to help our kids. Think Sudden Onset Baby Alzheimer's and you'll know why we desperately want to help those affected children and why we so desperately want this to stop. We know vaccines are important. They just need to be safer.
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