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Parenting & Relationships

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Released: 2012-09-18

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Seeing Ezra: A Mother's Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal by Kerry Cohen


Seeing Ezra is the soulful, superbly written memoir of a mom’s fierce love for her autistic son, and a poignant examination of what it means to be “customary.” When Kerry Cohen’s son Ezra turns one, a babysitter suggests he could also be “totally different,” surroundings her household on a path in which autism dominates their world. As he becomes a child they usually navigate the steadily rigid and prescriptive world of remedy, Cohen is unsettled by way of the evaluations they bear: At residence, Ezra is playfully expressive, sharing profound, touching moments of connection and intimacy together with his mother and different family members, but in treatment he is pathologized, prodded to behave in ways that undermine his distinctive expression of autism.

It quickly turns into clear that more is at stake than just Ezra’s well-being; Cohen and her marriage are suffering as smartly. Ezra’s differentness, and the tension of pursuing diversified therapies, takes a toll on the domestic—Cohen’s husband grows depressed and she or he pursues an affair—all as she tries to assist others acknowledge and embody Ezra’s specialty moderately than drive him to behave out of doors his comfort level. It isn’t until they abandon the anticipated, prescriptive notions about love, marriage, and individuality that they are able to come back collectively as two parents who fiercely love their little boy.

Powerful and eye-opening, Seeing Ezra is an inspirational chronicle of a mother’s fight to offer protection to her son from a machine that seeks to compartmentalize and “repair” him, and of her ride toward accepting and valuing him for who he is—just as he is.

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Creator: Kerry Cohen Writer: Seal Press Binding: Paperback Language: English Pages: 256

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