This book is about how Guy's family empowered their son to transform himself from an extremely autistic toddler, written off by the medical establishment as severely disabled, into a happy and successful 6 year old living a full contented life and thriving in a mainstream school. It is about the unusually effective treatments they discovered, what they learnt from them and how they strive to continue applying these lessons as he grows and new challenges emerge.
It also proposes a radical and inspiring new way to understand autistic condition, based on the inner-richness of each autistic person rather than on their external behaviour.
Its aim is to serve as an important and practical resource for other parents and carers, leading them to better appreciate the unsuspected richness that silently exists deep within their child, and helping them to understand and apply new attitudes and behaviours towards them that will nurture rather than alienate. Through the many episodes recounted from Guy's family’s journey, Transforming Autism provides living examples of such an approach.
You can read the story of how this book came about here.
Available as a paperback and for Kindle. The links to the left are for Amazon in the UK and USA, but the book is available through Amazon in many other countries. For countries where it is not, the USA site (amazon.com) can be used to place the order.
Leaving Town (and Other Stories)
Leaving Town is different and older book. It is a collection of original, compelling and thought-provoking stories written during and after a 6-month trip Guy took to India several years ago.
The description on the back of the book reads:
If you could make your every wish come true, would it dramatically improve the quality of your life? Gareth Field thought it would, and in 'The Goblet' he discovers the reality. You will also read about the town that nobody seems able to leave, a journey that doesn't seem to go anywhere, the potentially devastating paradoxes of travel through time, and even what happens when the lives of two young squirrels in the forest take different courses. Leaving Town is a collection of original, compelling and thought-provoking stories from the author Guy Shahar.
Available as a paperback and for Kindle. The links to the right are for Amazon in the UK and USA, but the book is available through Amazon in many other countries. For countries where it is not, the USA site (amazon.com) can be used to place the order.