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Benjamin Breaking Barriers: Autism - A Journey of Hope was written by Malva Freymuth Tarasewicz, Benjamin’s mother. In 1997, Malva realized something was wrong with her 2-year-old son, Benjamin. He no longer focused on her; at times his eyes looked empty. He stopped talking and seemed to withdraw into his own world. His hands flapped in circles when he was excited and often he rocked back and forth. Malva was not going to allow autism to steal her child from her. She and her husband made sacrifices to give Benjamin the help he needed, and that included living apart for several years. The therapies that helped Benjamin included eliminating processed foods, brushing his skin with a soft haired brush, and intracranial therapy. When Benjamin was tested for mercury toxicity, the results showed a high level of mercury in his system. It was impossible to know exactly how the metal got there. A chelating agent was used to remove the mercury from his body.
Benjamin Breaking Barriers by Malva Freymuth Tarasewicz offers hope to families where little hope has previously existed. She offers personal information and medical information. The writing style is personal. I felt as if I sat across a table from the author, enjoying a cup of tea as she shared her memories with me. While this book reads in a personal manner, it contains information that is invaluable to instructors and parents. One important point was the author’s willingness to seek information from others through books. I found this book inspiring and highly recommend it to others with an interest in autism.