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Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  3,060 Ratings  ·  534 Reviews
One morning Jenny McCarthy was having a cup of coffee when she sensed something was wrong. She ran into her two-year-old son Evan's room and found him having a seizure. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed Evan until after many harrowing, life-threatening episodes one good doctor discovered that Evan is autistic.

With a foreword from Dr. David Feinberg, medical director of the
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by Dutton (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe marked it as stricken
My contempt knows no limits: "healing" autism, my ass
Jul 17, 2008 megh rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to megh by: oprah
horrible, biased, awful. so many better books out there on Autism that are actually helpful and don't go about looking for a "cure", but rather helping your child reach his/her full potential. Last book you should read if you want to waste your time reading it at all.
May 25, 2012 Lucy rated it did not like it
So I'm actually autistic, and I hate Jenny McCarthy. She spreads dangerous misinformation about autism and uses her son as a way to get attention for herself.

I hate to break it to everyone, but autism cannot be cured. The best course of action is behavioral, social, and speech therapies and special education. Putting your child on a special diet might lessen some of the symptoms, but they aren't "cured." We are not "crystal children" either. Crystal children is a comforting lie for parents who r
Dec 18, 2007 Laura rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: parents who have just received an Autism Diagnosis
McCarthy book details the journey of her son Evan beginning with severe seizures which led to a diagnosis of Autism.
McCarthy does a great job of projecting the strong emotions associated with receiving a diagnosis and going through the ups and downs of the journey.
McCarthy used a variety of treatments including ABA and the GFCF diet. She provides lots of information on the different methods and resources available. I found the most valuable part of this book to be the summary guide she provid
Oct 20, 2008 M rated it it was amazing
My little boy was recently diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum and it's a scary, confusing and overwhelming thing to have to deal with...especially in the beginning. My husband and I have spent untold amounts of money already on therapy, therapeutic/adaptive toys, sensory paraphernalia and we've spent countless hours reading "how-to" books, on the phone arranging for services and arguing with our insurance company.

What a breath of fresh air to read a book by a mother who's been there! I
Mar 26, 2008 Erin rated it did not like it
Shelves: autism
"If someone you love is diagnosed with autism, Louder Than Words is the first book you should read." So far from the truth. This is probably one of the last books you should read. Jenny McCarthy's book is her personal story of her journey in dealing with her son's autism. It offer little factual information on autism or on ways to treat it. For me, this book was a 200-page rant. It was whiny and full of swear words. While I appreciate Jenny's struggles, she comes off as extremely self-righteous ...more
Alison Lake
This book was a little bit strange to me. I am really interested in autism as I am a teacher and come across children with autism frequently. I thought it might be interesting to read a celebrity's account of her son's autism. The beginning of the book was really good and drew me in to her story. But then she started to get a bit pushy about her ideas about the origin and treatment of autism. It almost seemed like the book was pushing a very specific agenda. Also, I was very confused about her d ...more
May 04, 2014 Gia rated it did not like it
I have always strongly disliked Jenny McCarthy, not as an actress or anything but as a person. I think she is completely uninformed and ignorant of so many things and, indirectly, causes harm to others. I find her whole campaigning again vaccines and claims to "curing" her sons autism, cruel and, quite honestly, dangerous. It's people like this woman that made diseases that were nearly extinct start rising again and that are harming other people and children. Ignorant people like this woman obvi ...more
Aug 05, 2008 Terry rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Okay. When I saw Jenny McCarthy on Oprah's show (don't judge!) about autism I was enraged by her insistence that autism can be cured. (I was curious that she mentions "healing autism" in the book's subtitle but she really doesn't push the whole "I cured my son's autism" that much...well, until the end. I still find that stance unethical at best.) It can't. It can be managed, and the symptoms/effects can be drastically reduced through aggressive, consistent therapies and diet, but it cannot be cu ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Liz rated it did not like it
I should start this review stating that I am a Speech Language Pathologist working in the schools and I work with kids who have Autism and their families.

I went into reading this book completely preparing to hate it, having previously heard the Author's point of view about the cause of Autism and that it can be "cured." After reading the book I am in two minds. It was written by a good parent with the intention of giving others Hope. But, we should not forget: she is NOT a medical or other profe
Feb 17, 2008 Jacqlyn rated it did not like it
Shelves: autism
While McCarthy provided brief descriptions of various treatments (ABA therapy, GFCF diet, and supplementation), she spends much more time blaming God, the medical community, and her ex-husband for Evan's autism. This poorly written book reads more like a rant or distasteful monologue. While I am not defending or excusing the medical community for their slow responce to Autism or the general refusal to link the possibility of vaccines to autism, profanity, name calling, and blaming will not serve ...more
Oct 21, 2007 Tara rated it it was amazing
I saw Jenny McCarthy talking about this book on Oprah so I bought it. I have not read any of Jenny's other books, but I was very interested in learning how autism effected her life.

I have to say, Jenny McCarthy is a very dedicated mother who was going to stop at nothing to find out what was wrong with her son and how to "fix" it. I thought her journey, from the initial incorrect diagnosis to the numerous breakthroughs Evan completed was both heartbreaking and hopeful.

At age 2.5, Evan is discover
Apr 05, 2012 Aryn rated it did not like it
Story of a Mother Dealing with Discovering her Child Has Autism: Two Stars
The first fifty pages were all pre-diagnosis of Jenny McCarthy's child, Evan. It was really focused on the fear and confusion of a parent going through something awful. Evan was having seizures constantly, with no seeming reason. After the diagnosis, it took a bit of a nose dive as the book seemed to be become about what was wrong with Evan and what Jenny was doing about it. There was very little focus on how Evan was actu
Apr 01, 2009 Cyndee rated it did not like it
I knew at the outset of reading this book that I did not agree with Jenny McCarthy's opinions on the causes and treatments of Autism but I'm a firm believer that you can't argue your own point well if you don't know the opposition. Also, as a mother of a son with Autism myself, I thought I would AT LEAST find some passages, some experiences, some emotions in common with her...something that would touch me and make me say "I know exactly how she feels." It didn't happen. The only thing that I got ...more
Nov 05, 2012 April rated it did not like it
Jenny McCarthy should really shut her mouth unless she's going to call this a work of fiction. And I would really caution anyone reading this if you're looking for hope for your autistic loved one. First of all she claims her son is "cured." Really? Then perhaps she should market that, because medical professionals haven't been able to do that yet. I would encourage her to take her son off all the MANY therapies he's on, & then see how "cured" he is. You didn't cure him Jenny, you're simply ...more
Sonya S
Dec 12, 2008 Sonya S rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Never before have I tried to read a book so full of misinformation. It is PAINFUL and CAUSES ME TO FROTH AT THE MOUTH. Want *real* information? Read Paul Offit. Check out the Autism Diva's blog. Visit the James Randi site ( Listen to the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe. But please, do NOT believe this woman. It is offensive, scientifically fallacious, and downright *wrong*.
May 30, 2009 Ellyn rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009
Because I work with parents of kids with autism, and Jenny McCarthy's name is out there in the autism world, I thought I should read this book. In all fairness, I have to admit that I went into the book expecting to thoroughly dislike it, and I wasn't disappointed. For one thing, Jenny McCarthy is a terrible writer. She swears far too much, and much of the book feels like an irrational, self-centered rant. Granted, I don't have kids, let alone a child with autism, so maybe I shouldn't judge. One ...more
Jan 20, 2008 Roger rated it liked it
My brother is one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans with autism. I don't believe that he would have responded to any of the treatments that worked for Jenny, rather he's making some progress with lots of therapy and a constantly evolving cocktail of behavior modification meds. The fact is there's many different varieties of autism, and her son Evan's journey is quite different than my brother's. But as McCarthy says, this book isn't about a cure for autism, it's about having faith and ne ...more
Beth Harrelson
Jul 25, 2014 Beth Harrelson rated it it was amazing
Wow, after reading all of the hate reviews I feel as if there is something wrong with me. I enjoyed the book. If nothing else it brings me hope. I have two grandsons on the spectrum. M is right in the middle and Z is an Aspie. M was 3.5 years old and wasn't talking. He had been in therapy for almost a year. My chiropractor asked me to bring him in to see if he might possibly be able to help. I did and my chiropractor worked wonders. Two days later M's speech therapist and counselor were taken ab ...more
May 26, 2014 Vicky rated it it was amazing
A well written enjoyable read. This is not really supposed to be a "how-to" book, which is nice after reading a large amount of very medical books on autism. Jenny does an awesome job of expressing her personal struggles with her sons diagnosis, family relationships, and treatment. I read her baby books which were funny and kinda silly, but I have a new found respect for her and when you read this book you can tell this is coming from a more genuine place. My favorite quote from the book "... I ...more
Dec 15, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok
This was a big disappointment for me. I had read in a couple of reviews that it had some language but I didn't expect it to be so much. Mainly f bombs at that. I felt like the whole book was about making herself sound like a saint and that any one who does any less than her must not love their child as much as she loves hers..because she will do ANYTHING to help her son. Well yeah I would do anything to help my son but unfortunately I can't afford $4000 per week on treatment. The only page I fou ...more
Sep 27, 2015 Melanie rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography
Sorry Jen McArthy but I hated the whole concept of this book especially and including the title! We would ALL move mountains to "heal" our children. Every family that faces this starts on a journey which was chosen for them. A journey with so many twists and turns and ups and downs it's almost impossible to explain. Books like this one call into question the "right" way to care for your child with autism. It is divisive and I believe knowing the outcome socially of such books quite cruel. Raisin ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Once you get past the swearing and whining, you find a mother that genuinely loves and cares for her child -- a mother who would do anything to end his suffering. Absolutely clueless about autism and medicine, Jenny McCarthy does a lot of research to discover how she can help her child. I was a little frustrated at some of the things she was saying, but I loved how she continued to stress that it is important to find out the WHY and help that rather than just using "the doctors band-aid" to cove ...more
This book carried a lot of interesting and valuable information. I don't think that I will go through as many extremes as she since my son is low on the Autism Spectrum, but I will look into the diet for sure.
Dec 25, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it
Honestly, I'm still not fond of Jenny McCarthy as an author. However, she does an amazing job of describing her son's autism journey and her role as mother in that journey. The book really inspires me to keep searching for answers for my son.
Kathy Zagorski
Feb 22, 2015 Kathy Zagorski rated it it was amazing
Although not a great writer, McCarthy gives an honest account of what worked for HER son. I am not a parent of an autistic child, but I still found her information helpful. She is misrepresented and often vilified in society for her beliefs. She is a true warrior in my eyes.
Jun 20, 2011 Patti rated it it was amazing
This book was an awsome journey and a lot of interesting things to explore about autism. Informative.
joyce may tate
Apr 20, 2015 joyce may tate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jenny hits the nail on the head all the way through this book. I felt she was reading my mind.....highly recommend this book!!!!!!
Sep 19, 2008 Bmfinn1008 rated it really liked it
Who knew Jenny McCarthy could write? I read this book to better understand what my daughter-in-law does and came away with a much better understanding of autism than I thought.
Dec 07, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I just read the book,
Louder than Words by Jenny McCarthy,
and I am so grateful that I did. I had put off reading it because I kept hearing that it was a joke, that it wasn't factual, etc. but then one day while I was out garage-saleing I saw it and thought, "What the heck...its' like 50 cents". So I got and I read it. Actually I devoured it.
and I was left in tears.
Thankful tears that I had found it and could begin formulating a plan.
Sad tears for everything that Jenny had to go through with her
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Jennifer McCarthy is an American model, comedian, actress and author. She first appeared in Playboy magazine in October 1993 and was named Playmate of the Year in its June 1994 issue. She later began a career in television and film and has recently started writing books dealing largely with her pregnancy and motherhood of a child with autism.
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