United in Autism

Finding Strength inside the Spectrum

Non-Fiction - Parenting
176 Pages
Reviewed on 02/06/2019
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Author Biography

When her daughter, Lizzie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Julie Hornok jumped into researching and implementing a thirty-hours-a-week home-therapy program. This program treated Lizzie’s behavior and speech, along with diet and medical interventions to heal her body. A few years later, as her daughter made good progress, Julie went through her videos and began a video blog (LizzieHornok.Blogspot.com) showing Lizzie’s progress to encourage others. As a result of the video blog, Julie became the go-to mom for helping parents with a new autism diagnosis and was honored to accept a position on the board of the National Autism Association of North Texas. She was also asked to blog for AutismSpot. Blogging regularly enabled her to encourage and help thousands across the globe through humorous, heartfelt stories about Lizzie and videos showing the therapies she was using to help her daughter progress.
Through AutismSpot, Julie discovered her love for writing. She has published short stories in multiple Chicken Soup for the Soul books and received an honorable mention in the memoirs / personal essay category of the eighty-sixth Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition in 2017. Her work has also appeared in Parenting Special Needs Magazine, Autism Parenting Magazine, AutismSpot, Thrive magazine, Literary Mama, and many more.
Julie is passionate about supporting families with autism and lives in Texas with her husband and three children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

United in Autism: Finding Strength Inside the Spectrum by Julie Hornok speaks about autism and the challenges of raising children with autism. Every story in the book throws light on families living in different parts of the world and their struggle when it comes to dealing with a member in the family who has autism. The thirty stories in the book are encouraging and will give hope to all parents who are dealing with an autistic child. It is a good book to read because it can help change the perception of parents when it comes to handling and understanding autism and their child. Autism is a lonely journey and these extraordinary stories connect readers with parents who have been able to rise above their tough circumstances and help others.

United in Autism will give peace, hope, encouragement, and courage to all the parents who are dealing with autistic kids. The stories give them a peek into the lives of thirty moms and dads around the world who are facing the same issues. The stories are short, honest and comforting, and they will help parents who have autistic children feel less isolated. The stories are heartwarming and will change the lives of many readers, giving them strength to tackle autism with a positive mindset. The author shares her personal story and experience too, and her motivating words will definitely help many parents to find strength inside the spectrum.

Betina Sanders

It’s nice to see your not alone this book is real life.