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A Will of His Own

Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism - Revised Edition

Kelly Harland

Quick Overview

Will's anxieties and obsessions can dominate daily life, making a trip to the grocery store seem like a walk across a minefield. But amidst these unpredictable "flip-outs" there are moments of wonder. Kelly Harland's stories explore her son's life to the age of 14, and the unexpected universe she and her husband must learn to navigate with him.
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2007, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 160pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-869-6
£16.99
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Available as an ebook from these retailers. eISBN: 978-1-84642-681-0

Description

Kelly Harland's stories explore her son's life to the age of 14, and the new and unexpected universe she and her husband - both professional musicians - must learn to navigate with him.

Will's fears, anxieties, and obsessions can dominate daily life, making a trip to the grocery store seem like a walk across a minefield. But amidst these unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of wonder. When Will finally learns the give and take of conversation, or dreams about his future, it rekindles his mother's belief that anything is possible.

Reviews

'Kelly Harland's wonderfully clear, unsentimental and yet moving account of her daily struggles with Will brings a whole new perspective to our understanding [of autism]. Her descriptions of the continually changing hopes and aspirations that she and her husband have for him will have echoes for every parent, especially those of children affected by this complex, multi-faceted condition.'
- from the foreword by Jane Asher, President of The National Autistic Society

'Praise for the first edition:

'There's a miraculous alchemy to these stories of one small boy.''
- The Seattle Times

'A Will of His Own sends a powerful and essentially positive message of hope, learning, and growth... highly recommended reading.'
- Midwest Book Review

'This emotional, warm, interesting and easy to read book will appeal to professionals and parents alike.'
- Aukids Managzine

'In "A will of his own" the author's melodic tones capture snapshots of her son from his early days and onwards as he grows and develops into a young man. It's no accident that Kelly is a "musician" as her voice as a writer comes over as a warm and affectionate melody... A slim volume full of delicate, poignant insights but with the strength of powerfully honed reality.'
- Whitterer on Autism

Authors

By (author): Kelly Harland
Foreword by: Jane Asher