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Book Review – A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery
The book "A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery" is the remarkable story of a child who was diagnosed as autistic at two years and eight months of age and how he got completely rehabilitated in a few years time with the active participation of the mother and other service providers to lead an active life like anyone else.

According to the author Christina Adams, who is the mother of the child named Jonah Adams, a few years later, a doctor refused to believe such a diagnosis could ever have been given to this healthy and happy boy indicating his complete rehabilitation. The book thus works as an inspiration that early detection and active participation and support of the parents in the intervention can make it possible.

Available in the paperback format, this real story  that describes in vivid details how  the mother utilised a combination of a special diet and one-on-one tutoring with speech therapists and behavioral psychologists to work hard whole-heartedly to give the  child  a meaningful and purposeful lease of life.

Written in lucid language, the book is really absorbing and motivates with optimism the readers who have differently abled children.  The book is educative for parents of autistic children and urges the interventionists to make parents an integral part of the education and treatment of the child in a holistic way.

 The book evokes empathy for others and urges parents to become learners and strivers with humility. By forging a partnership with service providers, mobilising resources, having belief in oneself; one can really help an autistic child to rehabilitate to a great extent including complete recovery.  Tapping resources locally and elsewhere with optimal utilisation with a missionary zeal is required to make a dent.

Despite the fact, the author was well resourced and could have spent a lot through all the avenues and opportunities, however, the relentless effort and keenness to learn with a zeal for experimentation.
The book also reveals the early diagnosis and multi-specialty interventions perused devotedly can bring about the sea change in the life of the child.

The book provides insights for the special education institutions to get serious about Individual Education Programmes with the help of special educators, parents, teachers and therapists including te education therapist. In fact, the book makes you think that the IEP is the right of the child with equal stake of parents for educational and allied interventions for the child.

At many places, the 'mother and child' training programmes are held for the mothers of differently abled children but they are not linked IEP. The book should be read at such training programmes and group discussions held on selected passages. I think, it is a great and brave story to be part of special education reading material.

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