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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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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.
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.
After hearing this story, linked from his lawyer's website:
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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What an amazing tale. Definitely a good read if you're going into special education or dealing with children with special needs.Published 3 months ago by Javier
I can relate so much to this book, as my 2 year old has just been diagnosed on the spectrum. It is so valuable to know I am not alone in my feelings. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Molly P.
Well worth the read. Learned a few things which will put to use. Only thing is that most people cannot afford to spend the kind of money on therapy that this family was able to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by DH
It's such an inspiration to other parents or family members out there on their own journey, to help their loved one's reach their full potential, as long as we stand by them and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by slthicks
I went to school with Rodney and so when I saw his book at the library I picked it up out of curiosity. I started reading a few pages and could not stop. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer