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The Children of Raquette Lake: One Summer That Helped Change the Course of Treatment for Autism Paperback – April 10, 2012
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About the Author
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The author's new book, The Children of Raquette Lake, goes back in time to the genesis of her pioneering work with autistic and schizophrenic children. It is about the trials and tribulations of taking eleven such children to a retreat, and their transformation. Intertwined in the narrative is a fascinating glimpse into the private life and struggles of the author, and her characteristic candor makes compelling reading. While her first book is about what she did, in this book you'll understand why.
The author's single minded devotion to these children is particularly inspiring. She wanted the best for them and went out to get it, notwithstanding the skepticism of her colleagues and the bureaucratic minefield awaiting her. What she was able to achieve defies logic. Her adventure exemplifies the Ray Bradbury quote: "taking a leap and growing your wings on the way down". When you are passionate about something, serendipity follows you.
Helen Simons B.Ed. M.Ed (Special Ed) former Lecturer/tutor University Of Sydney Faculty of Education & Children's Centre, documentary film production,community radio jazz broadcaster.
Judy Clemente, Ed.D