This book chronicles the author’s journey as a social justice advocate for children. When the author became the parent of two children with disabilities she then understood the emotions and concerns faced by many families of children with special needs. The author provides the reader with suggestions on finding ways to balance parenting and/or working with children with special needs.
When diagnosed with autism Travis' life has a new beginning. Now he sees life through a different lens that makes his life unique and special. He starts to appreciate the little things in life and learns not to take things for granted. Being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome changes Travis' life and makes him work even harder to be successful in life. The book will teach you about life with autism.
Growing up Travis was always the last kid picked. He felt embarrassed that no one wanted him on their team. He tried very hard to impress his peers but it seemed like more he tried the worse his situation became. Travis did not want to go to school because the situation had gotten so bad. Desperate for answers Travis' mom reaches out to professionals to find answers as to why her son is unique.
At his doctors recommendation Travis turns to electric convulsion therapy to help cure his mental illness and autism. Travis has exhausted all available treatment options for autism and hopes that ECT will be the treatment that cures his autism. ECT can jump start areas of the brain that are not working properly and kick them into gear so that they can keep up with the rest of the entire brain.
Functioning Labels are limitations put on people by outside parties when it comes to autism. Functioning labels tell us nothing about a person. Functioning levels tell us more about the person. Travis feels that it is more important to describe how someone with autism functions in terms of levels rather than labels. Sadly insurance companies put limitations on how high autistic people function.
Beautiful poetry about the art and beauty of Autism. Travis talks about following the light and leaving the darkness behind. It may be easier to find dark rooms finding light rooms full of bright lights has more rewards to it and will bring joy to your life. Travis shares the ups and downs of his life and how he works to eliminate dark rooms by adding more bright rooms to his daily lifestyle
Travis shares his story of ups and downs with Autism. His journey to happiness has been hampered by mental illness. All along he thought autism was what made him unhappy but when he learned of his schizophrenia he quickly realized how autism was a blessing and he could live a happy and fulfilling life. Autism cannot slow him down and now he hopes to help others get happy with their autism too.
After being diagnosed with Autism Travis loses his autism to a devastating mental illness schizophrenia. After spending years trying to find the right medications and treatments for schizophrenia he finally gets his mental illness under control. It is only then that he can truly look into himself and see the autism as part of who he is and a blessing that will have an everlasting impact on him.
Travis explains why he drinks gasoline to keep dragons and voices from killing him. He lives with schizophrenia and the dragons try to get him to poor gasoline on himself and light himself on fire. When Travis battles back with the voices he ends up having to drink gasoline as a punishment for being autistic and being a virgin.Psychosis has taken over Travis' life. Dragons control his life now.