We have a new book from Skyhorse Publishing for our readers. Leave a comment to enter the contest.
Called, Finding Lina A Mother's Journey from Autism to Hope
, the book is a memoir that AofA readers will relate to from the opening pages to the loving and upbeat afterword. It's a story of challenges, seeking answers, how a family copes and evolves (not always in a fairytale fashion) and most of all - love.
Lina's Dad is Skyhorse Publisher Tony Lyons. This is important for a few reasons. His life and love for Lina spurred him to create a home for autism books within the Skyhorse Parenting category
that might otherwise never see the light of day from traditional publishing. That's so important to our community. Books like Callous Disregard
from Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism
by Ken Siri and Tony Lyons and All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa
by Kim Stagliano.Lina was a precocious toddler—charming, chatty, joyful. At the age of three, in the aftermath of her second MMR vaccine, first came a seizure, and then, to her parents’ horror, the loss of Lina’s ability to play, use language, and control her impulses. Over the next few years they continued to lose Lina. She communicated her acute discomfort by biting, screaming, hitting, laughing maniacally, and throwing violent tantrums. As a single mother, with the help of her ex-husband, Helena Hjalmarsson tirelessly pursued every possible avenue to find a diagnosis, and more importantly a treatment, for her daughter, and the search continues to this day. Lina is nine.Special schools, restrictive diets, sensory stimulation, relationship-based therapy, gastrointestinal links, homeopathy, and allergy treatment are all explored in detail. Hjalmarsson finds out what helps Lina and what doesn’t. She introduces sign language to Lina. She engages in lengthy daily intensive one-on-one sessions. With the help of her ex, angelic babysitters, Lina’s exceptionally empathetic younger sister, and supportive friends, Hjalmarsson manages to create a meaningful life for Lina, and for herself—a life of love and transcendence.Lina, for all her challenges, has much to teach, and Hjalmarsson is a receptive student: finding joy in moments of connection, learning to live in the present, taking nothing for granted, accepting what others find unbearable, and finding a strength and spiritual base for inspiration and healing.Unflinchingly honest and courageous, Finding Lina will open the eyes and hearts and minds of all parents, whether they have a child with autism or not.
Please leave a comment to enter the contest to win a copy.