I reviewed The Uncharted Path: My Journey with Late-Diagnosed Autism by Rachel B. Cohen-Rottenberg.
Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg’s book is an insightful gem that gives us glimpses into her life from early childhood to adulthood showing decades of struggles before she is diagnosed. She survives her possibly, autistic father’s harsh, abusive temper and her mother’s controlling ways. Elementary school’s social challenges are overcome by the game of baseball and being a “tough tomboy.” High school is harder as she sees herself “outside the social bubble,” yet again, until she finds her niche. This time it is her gift for music along with the ability to mimic others that saves her. Rachel acknowledges that analyzing social situations and figuring out human motivations has become a favorite pastime that along with list making is a survival strategy.
She continues to use these strategies through her college and graduate school years where she develops severe insomnia. She manages this with medication and Rachel goes on to have a successful career as a technical writer. She meets her first husband at a company softball game; they marry two years later. Rachel joyfully becomes a mother two years after this. Once again her organized lists and determination help her be a good parent while working around an inability to take part in loud and crowded activities with her daughter. Rachel continues to do well even homeschooling her daughter while working from home.
However, the effort it takes to overcome abuse from her childhood, ignore her sensory issues, and work at social situations finally takes its toll a few years after she divorces and remarries. Increased sensitivity to her environment causes a temporary home bound status while she and her husband strategize to find solutions. Rachel’s determination again pulls her through this, and she finally reaches a place of acceptance of who she is and becomes an advocate and inspiration for those on the autism spectrum.
The winner will receive a copy of The Uncharted Path: My Journey with Late-Diagnosed Autism by Rachel B. Cohen-Rottenberg.
The book is available from Amazon.com.
Due to postal charges only United States residents may enter this contest.
Rules for Entries:
- You may leave a respectful comment on this post for one entry.
- Starting on April 15, 2010, you may mention this post and S-O-S Best of Best Book Reviews and Giveaways http://tinyurl.com/3pzn135 on Twitter and either include @dswalkerauthor in the mention or send me a message proving you did this for two entries.
- You may like my Facebook Page, Delightfully Different and mention S-O-S Best of Best Book Reviews and Giveaways begins April 15th at Help! S-O-S for Parents while indicating your interest in this book for two entries.
- Post comments at all three sites to receive ten entries into the random drawing.
- All entries must take place before 12 midnight Hawaii Standard Time on April 30, 2011 to be eligible to win.
- At least one of your comments must include an active e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.
- If I do not have a way to contact you or I do not hear back from you within three days, you will forfeit your win and another winner will be chosen.
- The winner will be announced on May 2, 2011.
As soon as the winner’s information is received, I will email their information to Rachel B. Cohen-Rottenberg, who agreed to donate a copy of her book and mail it to the winner.
Disclosure/Disclaimer: I reviewed this book from a copy I purchased through Amazon.com. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about the book!
Thank you to all those who entered this contest. The winner is Melody of Life’s Twisted Stitches! Melody I sent you an e-mail tonight. Please respond with your mailing address before May 5, 2011 to claim your prize.
I love Rachel !!
And I am going to do all these things to enter in the giveaway
I love Rachel too! She is an amazing woman who does so much not only for the autism community, but for everyone with special needs and their parents. Thank you for entering the giveaway.
I did all the things on this list but I responded to the emails in my inbox. Do you get those? I probably did it all wrong…
I did not see your comments on Facebook or Twitter. Can you RT with @dswalkerauthor on Twitter and either attend the event or comment on the wall of Delightfully Different on Facebook. You are entered with your comment and e-mail from this post.
I commented on Twitter. I hope I did it right. 🙂 I had done it wrong on Facebook. I commented about it on my wall. I went back to your page and commented. Let me know if I need to tweek things.
Okay, I saw both so your entries are placed. Thank you!
I would LOVE to read The Uncharted Path. I have a 10 year old girl with early onset bipolar I, but I wonder about ASD so we are assessing that…
I’ve liked you on facebook and shared with my friends, I’m following your blog on networked blogs, and tweeted this giveaway (will repeat); I would love to be entered into the drawings for both books if I can?
I blog about our trials at lifestwistedstitches.com I hope you might find a moment to stop by and say hi.
I have you down for 10 entries for The Uncharted Path: My Journey with Late-Diagnosed Autism. Amanda has you down for Delightfully Different I believe. Thank you and best of luck with getting the help you need for your daughter.
Thank you so very much. It would be such a tremendous read, I’m sure!
You are very welcome. Good luck with both contests!
This sounds like a great book. I’d love to be entered! And thanks for your comment and entry into my giveaway!
You are welcome. I am glad more people are bringing attention to girls with Asperger’s.
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This looks like fun. I’m so glad I found your blog. I really enjoy listening to what other parents are dealing with. Thank you.
I hope the book give away will be fun for everyone. I accept your entry.
Okay…I want to enter the contest…the books sounds really honest and insightful…thank you for sharing.
Entry accepted. Rachel’s gave me insights about my daughter and I am truly grateful to her.
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A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Aspergers which explained many of my experiences. I am interested to read of others who were late diagnosed, please enter me into your contest.
Nice to meet you. Your entry is accepted. Thank you for stopping by. I loved Rachel’s book. She has helped me to understand so many things about my own daughter.
I would love to read this book enter me in contest
Your entry is accepted. Thank you!