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When Snow Turns to Rain: One Family's Struggle to Solve the Riddle of Autism Paperback – August, 1993
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From Library Journal
At the age of 18 months, Jordan was a precocious, verbal, active toddler. By age 312 he was withdrawn, mute, and unable to socialize with parents or peers. The diagnosis: delayed-onset autism. Schulze, Jordan's father, details this bizarre disability in diary style. He and his wife proudly recorded Jordan's early growth until they realized something was wrong. The particularly scary elements of this account include the parents' search for appropriate schooling and treatment; the decision to send Jordan to Japan for treatment; and the family's frequent moves and job absences. One wonders how less motivated parents could have coped and succeeded. The Schulzes, though despondent and weary, never give up hope: "We can deal with almost anything," Schulze claims. At book's end, Jordan is seven, mute, reclusive, and aggressive. This powerful tale of a little-known illness that has only recently received literary attention (e.g., Donna Williams's Nobody Nowhere , LJ 9/1/92; Judy Barron's There's a Boy in Here , LJ 2/1/92) is highly recommended.
- Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top customer reviews
One scene that took my breath away is when the dad scolds his son while in the bathtub, causing him to cry. Autism can challenge your patience, even for the most loving and dedicated parent. My son is about the same age as the boy in this book, and yes, i can relate.
As I wrote, it's been 25 years or so since the events in this book. Mr. Schultze, if you are reading this, please let us know how Jordan is doing. I came to care about him during the reading of this book, and would like to know where the road took you all these years later.
God bless all of these parents and their children. The author took the time to tell a realistic story that many of us are too exhausted or overwhelmed to share. After years of introspection I can honestly say I would not change ANYTHING. My son is unique and he has gifts that are important to the world. My perception has changed over the years and my happy ending is every night when I tuck him safely to sleep. I have not given up on hope, I have just released what I thought were my hopes and began to accept and embrace the perfection that is him.
This slim, power-packed book follows Jordan's development alongside that of his sister Leslie, who was born in 1985. The Jill and Craig Schulze desperately seek a cure at best and acceptance into a good program at worst for Jordan. Their efforts lead them to Japan, where in 1986 Jordan was enrolled in the Higashi School. The school is well-known for the work done with children with autism. Jordan spends 2 years there before being enrolled in the school's Boston branch. The Schultzes in effect have separated in that Jill remains in their original home with Leslie and Craig and Jordan live in Boston so Jordan can attend the school.
This, like the Josh Greenfeld "Noah" trilogy and his son Karl Greenfeld's masterpiece "Boy Alone" is wonderfully brutally honest. You don't get sacrificial martyrs who are portrayed as being above feeling hurt, angry, sorrowful and despairing. You don't get a false account of a fantasy image being presened through rose colored glasses. Instead you get in your face reality, a book everyone can relate to. You get the real deal.
"Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Telling me just what a fool I've been." -- Cascades, 1963
These lyrics from "Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain" sums up how many people feel when they run across these noble, self-sacrificing, seeking plaudits for martyrdom accounts, such as the Killilea books about Karen. It is neither foolish nor wrong to admit to being human and not superhuman. Nobody can rise above all negative feelings and be able to handle everything in a laudable way. Books like Schulze's are vital as they not only validate the experience of families struggling with autism; they are books that provide a voice of comfort to those who can readily recognize and identify with the feelings and experiences.
Jordan, now a grown man still copes with having severe autism. Readers can check in with him in an "addendum" or update in When Autism Strikes"When Autism Strikes: Families Cope with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder" edited by Robert A. Catalano.
In addition to the "Noah" trilogy and Karl Greenfeld's book, you will also want to read All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism [Hardcover] and Shut Up About...Your Perfect Kid! (Shut Up About. . .).