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Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy
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Nov 27, 2014

did not like it
bookshelves: speechie-reads, why-did-i-read-this, non-fiction

As someone who works with children with autism regularly, I'm skeptical about most mainstream books regarding autism. The scary thing about this book to me is that it's actually well written. It's a convincing book about told by a mother who was convinced of her child's diagnosis and was willing to do anything to solve the "problem." It's not my place to debate the correctness of the diagnosis or her decisions in treating her child, but the fact that in her book, McCarthy presents her path to a "cure" as the only way is dangerous in a world where so many parents can access information that may not fully apply to their child and initiate dangerous therapies. As a professional working with children with disabilities, I felt as though my field was being portrayed as the enemy that must be fought for parents to "reclaim" their children. There are so many sides to this issue and this book does not provide a full picture.

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