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See Sam Run

A Mother's Story of Autism

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

Publication Year: 2008

Thousands of children are diagnosed with autism each year, with a rate of occurrence of 1 in 150 births, compared to 5 per 10,000 just two decades ago. This astounding escalation has professionals scrambling to explain why the devastating neurological disorder, which profoundly affects a person’s language and social development, is on the rise. Are we simply getting better at diagnosing autism, or is a modern health crisis unfolding before us?

Published by: University of North Texas Press

Front Matter

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Year One

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pp. 1-46

SOME GIRLS DREAM OF BECOMING A MOM, but I wasn’t one of them. I wanted to play the piano ever since I was six years old and heard my Aunt Helen play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. I was nine when I started class piano lessons. In the beginning, I practiced at home on a cardboard keyboard my teacher...

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Year Two

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pp. 47-81

“HE’S GOT SOME VERBS HERE. That’s something,” Nancy said, adjusting her glasses to look through the list of fifty words. She explained that Sam was almost a year behind in normal language development. “It won’t be as hard since he’s using some...

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Year Three

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pp. 82-114

MARK AND I VACILLATED OVER WHETHER we could afford to spend two long semesters in Rochester. Summer school seemed feasible. Either way, we’d need more money in the bank. I applied to the state arts agency and a nonprofit arts advocacy group. I....

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Year Four

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pp. 114-165

WE RETURNED TO THE NIMBUS GRAY SKIES of an upstate New York winter with our Christmas bounty, including several new toys for the boys and more winter clothes, something we didn’t collect much of while living in California. Sam received three half-hour...

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Epilogue

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pp. 166-169

DURING OUR FIRST WEEKS back in Sacramento in the fall of 1992, we sought out many of the sort of services for Sam, both from the school and in the community, that resembled the impressive programs we saw in Syracuse. Sam attended kindergarten in the morning. The special education...

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Senior Scrapbook

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pp. 170-173

THIS SUMMER, MY MOM WON FIRST PRIZE on a book about me when I was very young. The book is getting published in a year or two. The newspaper already reported her results and her pictures with me in the newspaper. I now have to write about my life...

Appendix 1

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pp. 174-179

Appendix 2

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pp. 180-186


E-ISBN-13: 9781574413779
Print-ISBN-13: 9781574412444

Page Count: 192
Illustrations: 22 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2008

Series Title: Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series

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Subject Headings

  • Autistic children -- Texas -- Biography.
  • Heinkel-Wolfe, Peggy.
  • Wolfe, Sam.
  • Parents of autistic children -- Texas -- Biography.
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