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A Will of His Own

Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism - Revised Edition
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Kelly Harland's stories explore her son's life to the age of 14, and the new and unexpected universe she and her husband - both professional musicians - must learn to navigate with him.

Will's fears, anxieties, and obsessions can dominate daily life, making a trip to the grocery store seem like a walk across a minefield. But amidst these unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of wonder. When Will finally learns the give and take of conversation, or dreams about his future, it rekindles his mother's belief that anything is possible.
  • Published: Sep 15 2007
  • Pages: 160
  • 234 x 154mm
  • ISBN: 9781843108696
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Press Reviews

  • from the foreword by Jane Asher, President of The National Autistic Society

    Kelly Harland's wonderfully clear, unsentimental and yet moving account of her daily struggles with Will brings a whole new perspective to our understanding [of autism]. Her descriptions of the continually changing hopes and aspirations that she and her husband have for him will have echoes for every parent, especially those of children affected by this complex, multi-faceted condition.
  • The Seattle Times

    Praise for the first edition: 'There's a miraculous alchemy to these stories of one small boy.'
  • Midwest Book Review

    A Will of His Own sends a powerful and essentially positive message of hope, learning, and growth... highly recommended reading.
  • Aukids Managzine

    This emotional, warm, interesting and easy to read book will appeal to professionals and parents alike.
  • Whitterer on Autism

    In "A will of his own" the author's melodic tones capture snapshots of her son from his early days and onwards as he grows and develops into a young man. It's no accident that Kelly is a "musician" as her voice as a writer comes over as a warm and affectionate melody... A slim volume full of delicate, poignant insights but with the strength of powerfully honed reality.