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Boy Who Loved Tornadoes: A Mother's Story

Boy Who Loved Tornadoes: A Mother's Story
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    ©2010. By Randi Davenport. Davenport spent the better part of 20 years attempting to get a concrete diagnosis and appropriate services for her son Chase - this is her story. Through the years, Randi consults with every type of specialist you can imagine all of whom are dumbfounded by Chase's unique combination of conditions, one of which is autism. As a teenager Chase goes into a psychosis of which medication is no avail and he becomes in need of 24-hour care. Chase cannot live at home yet the type of housing placement he needs is so scarce that the mental health system is unable to provide it. It is only with Randi Davenport's extreme persistence and advocacy efforts that her son is eventually granted a bed at an appropriate facility; it is only then that Chase begins to peak through the curtain of his psychosis. As the reader goes on this treacherous journey we're also met with heartwarming memories of Randi's little family attempting to make their way in this world.

    This book is structured in a unique way with alternating chapters written on alternate time lines, the first starting with when Randi's son Chase turned 15 years old and the other starting with when Randi met her husband Zip. Both timelines progress until they converge into one timeline 3/4 of the way through the book. (Hardcover; 369 pages.)

    ©2010. Autism Society of North Carolina. (added 03/10)