AWAKENED BY AUTISM Dr Andrea Libutti
Informed that her 20-month-old son had autism, Dr Andrea Libutti was devastated. Therapists said he would never communicate with others nor form meaningful relationships. She refused to accept that brutal prognosis and explored every promising biomedical and behavioural therapy. Eventually, she realised that we must consider autism not just from a physical perspective but from an emotional and spiritual one as well. Her book distills the results of her quest and shares her understanding of autism and the problems inherent in how health-care professionals tend to view the condition - all culminating in her ultimate revelation: that each child has unique needs and requires a personalised plan for healing. She calls for a paradigm shift, encouraging us to uncover their hidden brilliance while taking steps to improve their well-being.