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Seeing Ezra : a mother's story of autism, unconditional love, and the meaning of normal

Author: Kerry Cohen
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Seal Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Seeing Ezra is the soulful, beautifully written memoir of a mother's fierce love for her autistic son, and a poignant examination of what it means to be normal." When Kerry Cohen's son Ezra turns one, a babysitter suggests he may be different," setting her family on a path in which autism dominates their world. As he becomes a toddler and they navigate the often rigid and prescriptive world of therapy, Cohen is
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ezra Cohen; Kerry Cohen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kerry Cohen
ISBN: 9781580053693 1580053696 9781580054331 1580054331
OCLC Number: 707257237
Description: 285 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Kerry Cohen.

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"Seeing Ezra is the soulful, beautifully written memoir of a mother's fierce love for her autistic son, and a poignant examination of what it means to be normal." When Kerry Cohen's son Ezra turns one, a babysitter suggests he may be different," setting her family on a path in which autism dominates their world. As he becomes a toddler and they navigate the often rigid and prescriptive world of therapy, Cohen is unsettled by the evaluations they undergo: At home, Ezra is playfully expressive, sharing profound, touching moments of connection and intimacy with his mother and other family members, but in therapy he is pathologized, prodded to behave in ways that undermine his unique expression of autism. It soon becomes clear that more is at stake than just Ezra's well-being; Cohen and her marriage are suffering as well. Ezra's differentness, and the strain of pursuing varied therapies, takes a toll on the family-Cohen's husband grows depressed and she pursues an affair-all as she tries to help others recognize and embrace Ezra's uniqueness rather than force him to behave outside his comfort level. It isn't until they abandon the expected, prescriptive notions about love, marriage, and individuality that they are able to come back together as two parents who fiercely love their little boy. Powerful and eye-opening, Seeing Ezra is an inspirational chronicle of a mother's struggle to protect her son from a system that seeks to compartmentalize and fix" him, and of her journey toward accepting and valuing him for who he is-just as he is"--

"Seeing Ezra is a memoir about a mother's challenges while raising a child with autism"--

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Praise for Loose Girl: "Compelling ... Cohen is a fine writer. She is introspective, and there's a wry humor that penetrates Loose Girl." -- The Oregonian

 
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