The Thinking Moms’ Revolution (TMR) is a group of 23 moms (and one awesome dad) from Montana to Malaysia who all have children with developmental disabilities. Initially collaborating online about therapies, biomedical intervention, alternative medicine, special diets, and doctors on the cutting edge of treatment approaches to an array of chronic and developmental disabilities, such as autism, sensory processing disorders, food allergies, ADHD, asthma, and seizures, they've come together into something far more substantial.
Suspecting that some of the main causes may be overused medicines, vaccinations, environmental toxins, and processed foods, they began a mission to help reverse the effects. In the process, they became a tight-knit family dedicated to helping their kids shed their diagnoses.
Here, collected by Helen Conroy and Lisa Joyce Goes, are the stories of their fights to recover their kids from autism and related disorders. With each chapter written by a different TMR member, they share how they discovered one another, what they learned from one another, and why it’s important to have close friends who understand what it's like to parent a child with special needs. You'll read about their experiences, and learn how their determination and friendships have become a daily motivation for parents worldwide.
The complete list of narrators includes Amanda Carlin, Nicol Zanzarella, and Abby Craden.
Every one of these true stories of parents who took matters into their own hands when faced with the frustration and bewilderment that come with raising developmentally delayed children are heartrendingly raw but they reward the listener with wit, hope, and inspiration.
The audiobook performances capture the despair and rage that give way to the powerful love and determination of these parents, rising to life's challenges, triumphing in the act of telling their stories, and building a community of support to light the way down the road to recovery.
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Excellent for sympathy but not for advice
This would be a good book for parents who are struggling with guilt or shame with regard to their autistic children. Most of the stories describe the parents' expectations and dreams while pregnant and then the agonizing reality once they learned their children were not developing in a neuro-typical way.It might be helpful for parents who need to explain their journey to friends or family.Most of the stories point to immunizations as the cause of the onset of autism.
I was hoping for more advice. I am ready to work on healing and therapy. My son's autism hasn't stemmed from immunizations so I couldn't relate to most of the stories.
These are heart-felt, gut wrenching stories but the narrators were too melodramatic.
I would have only included one or two stories about shattered dreams and encouraged more stories illuminating the way forward.
There was an undercurrent of complaint about how few dads were involved but no real exploration of the subject.
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