The Chronicles of Ben: Adventures in Autism
By: David Royko
Length: 157 pages
Release date: Sep 25, 2013
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"The power with which Royko describes life with Ben is unsparing and unforgettable." Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune "Change of Subject" October 21, 2013.
Bringing together features that first appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine (cover story), National Public Radio’s 'This American Life,' Parents Magazine, the Chicago Reader, The Week Behind, Australian Broadcasting Corporation's 'All in the Mind,' the Chronicles of Ben Blog, and previously-unpublished material, "The Chronicles of Ben - Adventures in Autism" offers in eBook form the ongoing stories of Ben Royko and his family's ongoing struggles with severe autism, as told by author/psychologist David Royko. "The response has been massive" (Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune), is typical of the reception Dr. Royko's autism-related work has received. This book presents, in chronological order, an intimate and engaging view from the inside, for parents, professionals and anyone interested in life with severe autism. Also included are several book reviews relating to autism and life with Ben, and selected photographs by the author.
"David Royko is an extraordinary voice of raw sanity, compassion, humor (!!) and other-worldly love within the chaotic challenges of parenting a child with severe autism. His family is a lesson in the deepest meaning of parenting, marriage, partnership, big, big love and beyond-human sacrifice. The humanity in these words, these images, these moments that make up The Chronicles of Ben - Adventures in Autism is whatever the word is that means far, far beyond inspiration."
Pamela Cytrynbaum, Psychology Today blogger and Executive Director of the Chicago Innocence Project, October 21, 2013.