Dotun Akande, a behaviour Analyst, is the Founder and Director of Patrick Speech and Languages Centre, (Patricks) Ikeja, Lagos.
Patricks is the pioneer Special Needs Centre for the education of children with Autism, offering services such as speech, occupational, music and behaviour therapy in Nigeria.
Beyond limits is the story of an incredible journey of a father and son who broke some of the perceived barriers of autism to become a global positive role model and inspirational Mentor to children everywhere.
Dotun Akande after reading the entire book write on the need for the professionals, parents and caregiver of person living with autism must read this book.
Beyond Limits by Joshua and Knox is a great book on Autism. It started out with the history of Autism and details of the sign and symptoms. It also went on to explain how it is reviewed and managed in the British system stating the cost to both the government and the families.
Knox gave a brief history on Joshua’s early life and how they were able to cope as a family. What fascinated me was his description of how they managed Joshua’s eczema. This is a good point that often goes unnoticed amongst families. Signs of eczema depicts an allergy which also indicates that the gut needs attention. This is often overlooked. I also noticed the importance of natural remedies.
There was the mention of observation on the strength of Joshua and how they continuously encouraged him in his place of strength. They kept him stimulated at all times making sure that they kept feeding his curiosity not minding that some of his questions was weird especially his interest in death even to the point that he asked to be taken to the cemetery. In the Nigeria of today he would have been taken to the church for deliverance!
Another interesting part of the book for me was when Joshua spoke about his life with Autism. The list of his gifts and talents was very impressive. I loved how he could explain his challenges and his struggles with use of language. It can be said that Knox helped him develop the synapse of his brain by being exposed to a wide range of experiences.
Also very useful for parents in this book is how Knox explained how to raise a child’s IQ. Stimulation at infancy, early language activities and preparation for reading.
Talents meets opportunities! Oxford saw the talent and supported Joshua. The environment where you are matters. It helps shapes the outcome of the individual with Autism. We can also compare this to the story of Temple Gradin. She was exposed at an early age to work programme. Her mum insists that she goes to work on a farm and this helped shaped how she viewed the world. She went on to become a very good animal scientist.
The last chapter also spoke to me. DO NOT TRY TO FIX PEOPLE WITH AUTISM. As a mother of an amazing son with Autism, this runs true for me. A lot of times we are busy trying to get them to do what WE want them to do rather than let them be WHO God created them to be. ABA as was stated in the book can be quite harsh but I believe that each child comes with a manual that parents need to explore. Without our sitting back to know how the child ticks, we will miss the beauty in that child.
I recommend this book to all parents and support network (family, school, social community and caregivers) of every individual living with Autism all over the world. You will enjoy every minute of time reading. And more importantly you will learn a lot.
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