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Hi, I’m Beth Kaplan and I am writing a book about my personal journey into the world of Autism. My story begins with a difficult pregnancy and heart-wrenching diagnosis to a successful, thriving young boy. This book not only chronicles our story but will give insight to a mother’s experience with therapy options and choices, working with the school district, finding family balance and never accepting failure. One thing I know for sure, our approach to providing multiple therapy methods over time was an excellent choice for our family. A child’s needs change over time, so shouldn’t the method of therapy do the same to best-fit those needs?
Jacob was diagnosed at 20 months old and I knew instantly that my purpose in life was to make sure he had the best opportunities for a successful life.
Not only did I learn an enormous amount of information on Autism and supporting interventions, but the writing experience has also been a journey of self-discovery. When I sit down to write a chapter I am taken back to a time of intense emotions, sometimes despair but most of all hope. We’ve come such a long way and the future looks incredibly bright.
Over the course of the last few years, raising Jacob, I have not only become a fierce advocate but also an advocate for other families with children on the spectrum in our community. I am amazed at how grateful people are to hear our story and can only hope that this book will touch others that may be struggling with similar challenges.
I am only just getting started on this new journey of sharing my story and hope that you find it compelling too. Please follow my blog updates throughout this writing process and share the pain, joy and laughter with me.