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Author Harris, Rachael Lee, 1969- author.

Title My autistic awakening : unlocking the potential for a life well lived / Rachael Lee Harris ; foreword by Tony Attwood.

Publication Info. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]


1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xv, 215 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-211) and index.
Summary Rachael Lee Harris spent her early childhood locked in an autistic fog until beginning her journey from a fragmented world to one in which things began to make sense. Rachael's determination to take her place in society led her down many paths, from beauty therapist to Catholic nun, from mother and wife to divorcee and working mom. Today, she is a psychotherapist specializing in helping others on the Autism Spectrum. Rachael's story explores areas such as schooling, family relationships, employment, travel, and faith culminating in monastic life, motherhood, dating, and marriage. Through her story, we get a more "rounded" positive vision of how an autistic life can develop and insight into the benefits of being "on the spectrum" alongside the very real picture of its challenges. Addressing the culture of disability and negativity that surrounds so much of the public perception of the Autism Spectrum, Rachael presents a more moderate and perhaps more objective assessment of her own life experiences, as well as the potential for others on the Spectrum.--Publisher description.
Contents The wanderer -- School daze -- Curiouser and curiouser -- Wired for wonder -- A gaze returned -- A turn for the worst -- "It's a living" -- The old country -- A fork in the road -- Paris -- The monastery -- Mirages and minarets -- Homecoming -- A cautionary tale -- Like mother, like son -- My brilliant career -- Buyer beware -- The prawns of fate -- "Physician, heal thyself."
Subject Harris, Rachael Lee, 1969-
Autistic people -- Biography.
Psychotherapists -- Biography.
Children with autism spectrum disorders.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Author Attwood, Tony, writer of foreword.
ISBN 9781442244498 (hardcover)
1442244496 (hardcover)

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