Iamshadow's Reviews > He's Not Autistic But...: How We Pulled Our Son From the Mouth of the Abyss

He's Not Autistic But... by Tenna Merchent
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Jun 19, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: autobiography, autism, nonfiction
Read on June 19, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

This is, by a pretty long margin, one of the worst books that is supposedly about autism that I have ever read. I'm pretty relaxed about people choosing to use alternate therapies and medicine, but by the end of this book I had gone past 'disgust at poor parenting choices' and into 'this woman is truly, seriously, batshit insane'. I think any person who makes serious - and potentially dangerous - medical choices by testing energies and swinging pendulums is worrying. The fact that this woman was using these methods to dictate medical choices for her seriously ill toddler is horrendous. I think the miracle by the end isn't that Tenna and her son are magically faith healed, it's that she somehow didn't poison herself and her son with all the potions and pills and tinctures they were both imbibing, and neither of them wound up dead from neglect. Don't just avoid this book, run far far away from it.

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message 1: by Amyss (new)

Amyss THIS MAKES ME SO ANGRY and also so sad. Reinforcing to your child over and over something is so wrong with them, they need to change, parents desperate for the PERFECT CHILD disappointment driving them to dangerous sickening measures. As the mother to two autistic children, all I have done is given them nothing but affection, love and patience in teaching them. They are INTELLIGENT, my 8 year old is a well- deep, unbelievably full and tho he talks now since I have had specialists work with them in a play setting of vocational and speech therapy since they were each 2, I have been told they , especially the oldest who has had much more time to learn these skills, people are amazed at his progress and obvious immense intelligence. I love my babies for who they for who they are, I have speech therapists and specialists help them communicate, but to think that autism is something that needs to be CURED and your child is SICK in need of CURE is disgusting. Those parents need to thanks their lucky stars thir children do not have leukemia, suffer from cystic fibrosis- THAT is a disease worth medicine. They need to hug their children and tell them they are OK, that they are SMART and they are loved for their perfect selves.So they learn at a different rate, so what, you have your children. And as a mother who has gone through the unspeakable agony of losing my child, I want to give these people a kick is the butt so badly....

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