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Timely New Book Promotes Development of Independence in Classic Autism Cases
Mother shares inspirational story of helping daughter with autism reach self-reliant adulthood
PALM HARBOR, Fla.– Raising a child with classic autism is a challenging, alternately frustrating and rewarding experience. Severe cases pose their own specific set of obstacles, and the course of treatment is often to excuse inappropriate behavior and sequester the child from mainstream activities. But what if the most effective course of action involves normalizing the child as much as possible? It changed one mother’s life, and in her new book, Autism – Believe in the Future: From Infancy to Independence, Ann Millan shares her story so that others can learn from her experiences.
As Millan’s youngest daughter, Robin, progressed through infancy, all Millan wanted to do was stop the screaming, rocking and self-destructive behaviors symptomatic of autism. At two years old, Robin was enrolled in the Muriel Humphrey School for Retarded Children, and a subsequent change to her diet – the elimination of all preservatives and food colorings – prescribed by Dr. Benjamin Feingold, a pediatric allergist, dramatically improved the screaming and hyperactivity. “We were shocked that food could make such a difference,” Millan writes.
After spending several years in public schools, Robin’s treatment took a life-altering turn after an evaluation at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. “They said we had choices,” Millan recalls. “Robin could remain in her own little world or we could bring her into our world. We chose the latter.”
The Millan’s choice to socialize Robin into the community offers real-life proof of the effectiveness of the treatment. She started 4-H, became a baton majorette, began volunteer work and eventually returned to public school following dedicated homeschooling from her mother. After graduating from high school with a certificate of attendance, Robin and her parents relocated to Florida and the slow progression to independent adulthood began.
With the help of numerous organizations, Robin received the services she needed to be successful and self-reliant. The Defeat Autism Now (DAN) protocol she follows today includes vitamins, supplements and a gluten-free diet.
Follow Robin as she gets a job, a promotion, a boyfriend, an apartment and more. “For people with autism, education is much more than academics,” Millan writes. “Teaching everyday life lessons that include responsibility, desire and friendship are critical.”
About the Author
Ann Millan has been a disability advocate at local, state and federal levels for almost forty years. She has served as director, president and/or board member of many disability organizations focusing on parent education and has created programs to benefit individuals with developmental disabilities. She and her husband, Bob, have three daughters. Autism – Believe in the Future is her first book.
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This positive light read is a comprehensive springboard to help everyone recognize the unique needs and learning styles required for a child with autism to become a productive part of society.
Ann has detailed in her book how education, therapies, and socialization worked for her daughter in childhood, how she tackled adulthood, and how they survived as a family.
Today, Robin has two jobs, lives in her own condominium, drives her own car, and is a part of her community. She's had a boyfriend for two years. She loves her independence and her life.
Just reading any one chapter of this book will enlighten and empower all family members, including those who cannot fully grasp the levity of the autism diagnosis. As a true visionary and strong mother, Ann has paved the way for those of us who are newer to the world of autism and yet walk in her path. Leah Pardee, mom
Ann Millan has put on paper a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. I recommend this book to every parent who has a child with any disability, not just autism, to help them keep on course. Beverley DeStories, mom
Robin's story has been a powerful source of encouragement to our family. Ann has been my mentor for the past eleven years and someone I admire immensely. Filomena MacDonald, mom
Ann's story showed me that I could approach my son's autism using a comprehensive and lifelong approach instead of being focused on just today's goals. Clinton Kent, father
"Autism-Believe in the Future" is a compelling read, not unlike a mystery novel in which the author must collect clues and figure out the mystery of how to teach her daughter. LorRainne Jones, MA, CCC-SLP, PhD.
Director, Kid Pro Therapy Services, Tampa, FL
Marketing & Promotion
- Web site: www.autism-believe-future.com, including blog, YouTube videos, and related autism support for professionals and families.
- Weekly column, "Asking Ann About Autism," by Kathleen Tehrani, Education Collaboration Examiner and Omni Intellingencer.
- Extensive e-mail press release.
- Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Author and daughter available as speakers and power point presentation.
- Parents of a child with autism.
- Professionals should read, support and recommend this book to families.
- Grandparents, other relatives, neighbors and friends will be motivated and sensitive to support a family working with autism.
- University and college curriculums (medical, therapies, and educators) to help students understand the benefit of specific learning styles for people with autism, and to help professionals understand and respect parents.
- This book has an international appeal.
Comparison and Competition Titles
No other book documents how an individual with classic autism developed a positive self-image with appropriate behavior and socialization skills to become an independent adult-yet still has language, visual, and educational disabilities.
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AUTISM – BELIEVE IN THE FUTURE
FROM INFANCY TO INDEPENDENCE
July 2010, Clearwater, FL: Author, Ann Millan, in her recent book, Autism-Believe in the Future, from Infancy to Independence, shares thirty-eight years experience with her daughter’s classic autism. Ann details HOW education, therapies, and socialization worked for Robin in her childhood, HOW she tackled adulthood, and HOW they survived as a family.
Ann says, “We thought Robin had reached her potential at twenty-two years old. She could express basic needs to her family, was appropriate, with us, in public most of the time, and would live with us forever. This success included the Feingold diet, Marezine, some homeschooling, counseling, and endless hours of therapies. Oh, our vision was so small.”
At twenty-eight years old, Robin started biological interventions with additional language therapy, including many of the recent technology-based programs. Within two years Robin was on her way to independence in adulthood.
Today, Robin has two jobs, lives in her own condominium, drives her own car, and is a part of her community. She’s had a boyfriend for almost two years.
“My goal with this book is to encourage everyone to recognize the unique needs, learning styles, and potential of all individuals with autism to become a productive part of society. Never assume it's too late!” For more information: www.autism-believe-future.com
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