“At once instructive and inspiring, Raising Brandon is an unforgettable memoir that glows with practical wisdom and undauntable optimism. It’s a timeless gift from a courageous mother who—despite the longest of odds—has given her son a life that abounds with independence and fulfillment.”
—Steve Fjeldsted, Library Director
Whether you are just starting out with a newborn and you sense something’s wrong, or you have an adult child with autism or special needs and you don’t know what to do, Raising Brandon will guide you to the answers you’ve been looking for.
Raising Brandon is filled with practical strategies that will make life easier for you and your children, no matter what their age or stage of development. Offering help, hope and inspiration to parents who don’t know where to turn. You’ll be provided with the proven tools to help you work with your children's limitations. Rather than just thinking about what to do, now you can make positive results a reality.
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Amalia Starr is on a mission to tell the story of people who live in the shadows. Her new book, Raising Brandon, is an autobiographical account of her struggle to raise a son in a world where autism was not understood.
The book follows Starr’s life from the birth of her youngest son, his diagnosis with autism, epilepsy, and learning disorders, and her goal to help him live independently. “When most people hear autism they associate it with a child,” said Starr. “But like Brandon, my son who is now thirty-six, our children grow up, and we want them to live well and learn how to survive in the world.”
“There are thousands of children being diagnosed with autism everyday and those children will grow up. We need to have the resources in place to help them, and as parents, we need to know what to do.”
Ask a mother who raised one.
“Amalia Starr has written a moving account of aiding her son with Asperger’s, epilepsy, and learning disabilities in growing into independence. This book is especially useful for parents of adult children with these conditions, providing a guide not only on how to cope as a parent but how to become a more conscious and evolved human being in the process. The focus on helping children with these conditions live their more authentic selves is also a much-needed perspective in a world that tends to dismiss them.”
Stephanie Marohn, The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism
Brandon has achieved what professionals believed to be impossible; he has been living on his own for more than twelve years, enjoying his independence. Although living alone may not be an option for every child, helping one’s child to live the best life possible is every parent’s dream. Now you can make your dream become a reality. Raising Brandon provides parents with the proven tools to help their children reach their full potential, no matter their age or stage of development.
Rather than just thinking about what to do, now you can make positive results a reality.
You'll discover how to:
• Take care of yourself while caring for your children
• Replace fear with courage
• Support your children in reaching their full potential
• Overcome everyday challenges
• Gain maximum independence for your children
• Create a better life for you and your family
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Raising Brandon: Creating a Path to Independence for Your Adult “Kid” with Autism & Special Needs ©2009 Mountain Star Publishing