"You Don't Want to Go For a Ride": Our Family's Journey with Autism

by John M. Harpster

Publisher: Shell Creek Publishing

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

ISBN: 9780991610938

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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In the early ‘90s, John and Tamara Harpster became the parents of an active, inquisitive baby boy. As he grew from an infant into a toddler, he began to exhibit signs he was different from other children his age. When he attended preschool, his parents discovered his remoteness, tantrums and speech delays were due to autism. After his journey to adulthood his parents realized sharing their experiences in the book “You Don’t Want to Go for a Ride” might help new parents know they are not alone. Their story reveals a family dealing with the demands and issues of autism. Read of their struggle in first bridging the critical ability to communicate with their son using artwork and LEGO bricks to build his speech. Then read about their challenges when they discovered that even speech wasn’t always enough as his verbal skills improved.

Get an intimate look into day-to-day life of a family dealing with safety, temper, isolation and hopeless days as they desperately try to connect and understand the little boy trapped inside. Along the way, they learned the crucial bond of family and appreciating normal moments of home life that most people take for granted. Learn of their experiences with homeschooling, meltdowns, special interests, and isolation from others and within the family. Their firsthand account tells of their mistakes and the decisions where they found unique ways to break through and connect with their son in his world. In addition, each chapter gives readers lessons learned along with reference information for that phase of life from other books and studies. Both parents tell this compelling story and the details of their experiences with family, their son and the world of autism.