Raising a Child with Autism

When Kerry Cohen’s son Ezra turned one, his babysitter suggested that Ezra may be “different”—a comment that sent Cohen’s family down a path that changed their entire world. Every year, 1 in 110 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder; that year, Ezra became one of those children.

Kerry joined us to talk about her new book, Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal. Her beautifully written memoir takes readers along with her as she and her family navigate the often rigid and prescriptive world of therapy, from tests and evaluations to vitamins and programs specifically targeted at autistic children. As Ezra becomes a toddler and they further explore treatment, she is unsettled by their experiences: At home, Ezra is playfully expressive, sharing profound, touching moments of connection and intimacy; but in therapy he is prodded to behave in ways that stifle his unique self-expression.

For more information, visit Kerry's website.

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