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Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy
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Mar 26, 08

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"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 in the book. No one could possibly feel what she felt, understand what she was going through, or do what she did. Jenny, there are mothers dealing with autism all over the world, and they don't have close to the resources you had. I was especially bothered by her love of finding things out by Googling them. For Jenny, if it was on the internet (and said what she wanted to hear) it must be true. I won't even get into the nonsense about Indigo and Crystal children.

I do not mean in any way to diminish the pain and fear that Jenny felt, or the struggles that she went though with her son. All mothers of children with special needs should be applauded for their strength and courage. However, this book is simply the story of one family's experiences with autism. It's not the book you should pick up to learn about how to help someone with autism.
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message 1: by Laini (new)

Laini As someone with a chronic disease controlled by auto-immune drugs, I'm furious with her for promoting the "Don't get your kids immunized" crap that is becoming more popular nowadays. All it will take is one kid with measles or mumps close to me, and I could die. Thanks, Jenny! :/


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