Leaving Normal: the journey of a mother and son with autism

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9781907971341: Leaving Normal: the journey of a mother and son with autism

When Carla wrote a letter to her son, the day after his birth, she had no idea what her promise of maternal devotion would actually entail. She did not anticipate the diagnosis which was just around the corner, and how her life would be turned upside down; nor did she anticipate how much this baby would captivate her heart, and what a fascinating young man her son would grow up to be. This book charts one mother’s story so far in her efforts to help her son overcome his medical condition, how she coped with her son’s difficult diagnosis and faced the never-ending challenges of his living and learning in residential schools. On the way, she learned to embrace her son and his condition as a blessing, and came to terms with ‘leaving normal’. It will appeal to those who care for others in a career, personal or voluntary capacity, or who through disability, struggle to fit into society’s stereotype of what ‘normal’ means. The author, Carla, was a full-time carer to her son, Fela, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. After his acceptance into a specialist residential school for autism at nine years of age, Carla has been able to pursue her multiple interests. She completed her doctorate in Biblical Counselling and Methodist Lay-preacher accreditation. On her road to restoration, God surprised her with the perfect husband and soul-mate, Michael. They now run a publishing business and host a weekly Bible-based house group. She credits her son with teaching her what love really means and forging a deep-seated compassion for carers from all walks of life.

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