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Following Ezra What One Father Learned about Gumby Otters Autism and Love from His Extraordinary Son A heartwarming and hopeful memoir of a father s experience raising his autistic son When his son Ezra was diagnosed with autism Tom Fields Meyer knew little about parenting and even less about neurol

  • Title: Following Ezra: What One Father Learned about Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son
  • Author: Tom Fields-Meyer
  • ISBN: 9781101544099
  • Page: 249
  • Format: ebook
  • Following Ezra: What One Father Learned about Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son By Tom Fields-Meyer, A heartwarming and hopeful memoir of a father s experience raising his autistic son.When his son Ezra was diagnosed with autism, Tom Fields Meyer knew little about parenting and even less about neurological disorders This intimate memoir chronicles his remarkable experiences of learning and growth from the time Ezra was diagnosed at age three to his bar mitzvah at thirteeA heartwarming and hopeful memoir of a father s experience raising his autistic son.When his son Ezra was diagnosed with autism, Tom Fields Meyer knew little about parenting and even less about neurological disorders This intimate memoir chronicles his remarkable experiences of learning and growth from the time Ezra was diagnosed at age three to his bar mitzvah at thirteen In that time, Ezra evolves from a remote, peculiar toddler to an extraordinary young man, not cured, but connected in his own unique way to the world around him.

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    1. First, full disclosure I am acquainted with the author and his son, having worked with them on a publishing project I expected to enjoy the book in part because of our acquaintance, but very soon realized that our association was irrelevant I was riveted to the book just as much as if I d picked it up at random, because it s a beautifully written story with a powerfully universal message It doesn t matter if you don t know anyone with autism I don t , or don t even have children I don t Ezra s a [...]

    2. Following Ezra is an important book about raising a child who has autism Not any child, not all children, not the full spectrum of kids, but one boy named Ezra In my opinion, it does not presume to be , to get political or to speak for anyone, though in many passages I find it telling my own feelings and experiences It purely resonates The book is full of simplicity and love, and I treasure that about it.My favorite part of the book When Ezra says, You are proud of me My solar plexus ached, and [...]

    3. While this book is definitely written from a neurotypical viewpoint, it is fearlessly and unapologetically positive about the experience of raising an autistic child, and I love it for that For all that the author struggles to understand the way his son s mind works, however, I can t help but think how lucky he is that Ezra is so very verbal and expressive, compared to many of the children I work with His father may be bewildered at why certain things that send his child into a screaming meltdow [...]

    4. I found this book refreshing Too often, it seems, there are books about parents, their children, and unrealized expectations Those expectations end up crippling relationships and the books subsequently written about them express the journey of repairing those wounds and healing those grievances This book veers completely from that course, similarly to the development of the titular child When the author and his wife discover that their son, Ezra, has autism, the father describes how he has no ne [...]

    5. After two years of occupational therapy my son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder two weeks ago I wasn t surprised, but I ve still had a hard time breathing, a hard time saying the word, a hard time knowing exactly how we were going to move forward This book might not tell me how exactly to get my son to take his socks off or how to get him to accept a bowl of oatmeal sitting on the table, but it did show me that we have all we need love, patience, acceptance Ezra s autism is in many wa [...]

    6. loved it a touching father s tale of family life with their autistic middle son Moments of clarity and humor intwined with the reality of never knowing what the moment really holds and never knowing what to expect Well written Easy quick read.

    7. I thought this book was okay, it was a little slow and often hard to finish, but I really related with a lot of the passages and below are some of my favorites Life rarely goes according to plan, and too often we try to control situations that are beyond our control.The things we least plan for can become our greatest treasures.Like many parents, I saw my son s challenges as something to get past so that my family and I could get on with our lives I eventually learned that this IS life this is w [...]

    8. I found this book refreshing Too often, it seems, there are books about parents, their children, and unrealized expectations Those expectations end up crippling relationships and the books subsequently written about them express the journey of repairing those wounds and healing those grievances This book veers completely from that course, similarly to the development of the titular child When the author and his wife discover that their son, Ezra, has autism, the father describes how he has no ne [...]

    9. Written lovingly by the father of an autistic child, Following Ezra is a quick and excellent read Anyone wanting to know what it s like living with an autistic child ought to read this the stories are fantastically done But it s probably most useful and edifying for those families in the thick of it Especially illuminating were the chapters describing the careening descent into autism after age three which was the age when we noticed things not usual in our own son and the diagnosis, and how the [...]

    10. What a wonderful book Highly recommended I have read several books on autism, but this was by far the most poignant I knew the author when I was in high school, although not well This revealed a side to him that I did not expect and was pleasantly surprised by the caring, loving nature of his relationship with his son Who should read this Well, quite frankly, I d put it any parent s reading list, not just parents of children with autism I think we could all learn a lot from Tom in how he and his [...]

    11. OK, I admit, I picked up this book from the library because I have a son named Ezra, and he lines up and sorts dinosaurs just like the author s Ezra Although my son hasn t been diagnosed with autism, he does have social troubles and has many of the same behaviors that that the author s son has.I found this book enjoyable because it was so upbeat about raising an autistic child I especially loved Ezra s bar mitzvah speech It is not a how to book, or a practical guide, and doesn t go into much det [...]

    12. What a fantastic book It was like reading about our own life with Isaiah They say all on the spectrum are different and unique however, the similarities described in this book are amazing to me I am so glad that a friend suggested I read this book.

    13. This memoir by a Jewish father about his autistic son and the rest of their family wouldn t seem to be in my wheelhouse, since I m a non Jewish non parent who doesn t have any relatives with autism, but I loved it It was entertaining and funny and touching.

    14. Loving, irreverent, incredibly patient memoir of a Dad and his young autistic son, from the discovery through his bar mitzvah I loved it, and laughed out loud throughout, until the end where you will well up with emotion Quick easy read, too.

    15. Loved this book, I read it in under 24 hours Hearing Ezra s story told by Tom is inspirational and shows what great Parents Shawn Tom really are.

    16. A very interestng look at a family with a child with autism This book teaches, is enlightening, hopeful and very honest I would recommend it to anyone who deals with children in some capacity.

    17. An inspiring story of a Jewish father and his son with autism, Following Ezra is funny and charming It can be really hard to follow, as the author jumps back and forth in Ezra s lifetime with very little warning Also, for the first chapter or two, I thought this book was written by Ezra s mother, not his father, as I hadn t done any research into this book prior to reading it, and his wife has a name commonly given to guys The most remarkable thing about this book is the author s attitude towar [...]

    18. Ezra is the middle of 3 sons and is just 3 years old when the narrative starts.Like many people I m increasingly aware of autism and retrospectively have learned that odd or difficult children I knew about were likely autistic And now my oldest granddaughter, just in her early 20 s, has been working with autistic children in a variety of settings So when I saw this book among others at the Harvard Coop as authored by a graduate of one of the classes from the 1980 s that was having a reunion I pi [...]

    19. This sweet and touching account of one family s journey to understanding loved ones on the autism spectrum really hit home someone I love dearly has Asperger s, so many of the behaviors and anecdotal evidence were certainly reminiscent of my own experiences The book begins with Tom Fields Meyer sharing how one of the first experts he and his wife met with suggested they mourn the child he will not become This is an adage I d heard time and again in the autism community, but the Fields Meyer wen [...]

    20. I really enjoyed this one because of the way Mr Fields Meyer determines early on that he will love Ezra for just who he is, and never apologizes for it Ezra sounds like a challenge but also a delight The writing is very good and easy to follow and contains a description that really resonated and made me laugh the one where Ezra is at the zoo and cuts in front of this huffy man who says something like, Well, you could have said Excuse me and of course Ezra takes no notice of this guy and Mr Field [...]

    21. This is a really great read All families have their own dynamic and make up Just like no two individuals are the same, neither are two families ever the same I really enjoyed reading about this family The parents obviously have a lot of love for each other and their children It was really heart warming to read about how much courage and love these family members have shown each other in the face of adversity I appreciated learning about autism, and this family s experiences with it One of my fa [...]

    22. As someone who has encountered autism within our family, I take a particular interest in books on the subject I ve read parts of the book by John Elder Robinson brother of memoirist Augusten Burroughs about his experiences growing up with Asperger syndrome, which is an autism spectrum disorder Recently, my mom has brought to my attention a new book I m eager to get my claws eyes on called The Journal of Best Practices A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man s Quest to Be a Better Hu [...]

    23. You know when you find a book and you can t put it down Following Ezra is one of those for me.The love that Tom Fields Meyer and his wife, Shawn have for Ezra just oozes out of the pages.The journey that they take once they find out that Ezra has autism, is painful of course, but they handle it with so much courage and unconditional love, and never once express, why me for one moment.Surprisingly, there is humor in the reality of the situation, which one would not expect.At this time, I have pro [...]

    24. I know a couple of friends family on the spectrum, so I figured I should be reading up I picked up two copies of this book, one for friends and one for myself I love this It is whimsical, gently written, informative without being heavy handed Of course, there are many forms that autism takes, but this is a lovely glimpse into one family s journey with autism There are plenty of moments where I teared up, but I loved this in the last chapter Ezra s manifestations at the age of this story means he [...]

    25. I thoroughly recommend this book for EVERYONE Whether or not you know someone touched by autism, there are lessons abound in this book This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and, at times, humorous story of a father learning to understand a son who seems unreachable His success comes through a refusal to look at his son the way everyone else does, and an unwillingness to place limitations on his son s life because of his diagnosis The lesson for all of us is to try to view everyone we [...]

    26. Following Ezra is the story of a father and mother raising Ezra, an endearingly complex boy with autism The book covers approximately a ten year period in Ezra s life and focuses on the challenges that his parents face in trying to understand Ezra and on helping Ezra understand the world he lives in.This book is excellent in a way that the literature dealing with autism has largely lacked to this point It doesn t have an agenda other than espousing the value of seeing Ezra, and other children wi [...]

    27. I was up till early AM, nearly in tears, finishing Following Ezra by Tom Fields Meyer The memoir begins with the proclamation from a therapist that Tom needs to grieve for the son he will not have so he can accept the son he has The advice is rejected and the remainder of the book is spent celebrating the son Fields Meyer does have The ordering of the events is thematic as the book skips around sequentially to reveal some progresses made, some delays in development, and the growth of the parent [...]

    28. I literally could not put this book down I read it cover to cover in one day It is a window into life with an autistic child and the perspective of love and joy from a Father towards his son I loved the writing, I loved the story, but most of all, I loved the viewpoint of the father towards his child Its summed up in this quote after a therapist had told him that he needed to grieve for this child he didn t turn out to be I feel full of love for the boy who lines up the dinosaurs on the porch, f [...]

    29. When author Tom Fields Meyer was told by a therapist that his son Ezra was showing signs of autism he was told he needed to grieve For what he asked The answer, For the child he didn t turn out to be Fields Meyer did not grieve he instead embraced his son for who he was, working tirelessly to find ways to connect to what was important to his child Following Ezra is Fields Meyer s gift to his middle child, a narrative of the journey from when Ezra is first diagnosed in preschool until the onset o [...]

    30. I loved this story, not because it was particularly well written there are some chronology issues that bugged me at times, but the way it s written is not chronological, so I got over it but because it s a story about a wonderful family with a child that will face struggles the rest of his life, and how the family as a whole adjusted for Ezra s needs It brings awareness to others who haven t experienced parenting a child with special needs I found myself smiling so many times at the situations t [...]

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