Becoming an Autism Success Story

Anita Lesko

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Pub Date 01 Apr 2019 | Archive Date 04 Jun 2019

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Diagnosed with autism at age fifty, Anita Lesko always knew something was different—but never let that stop her. In her incredible story, she describes how she went from an uncoordinated “misfit” kid to the successful and thriving adult she is today!

Lesko shares ALL her secrets to success, including:

  • Horse therapy to teach coordination and social skills
  • Visualization and neuroplasticity to “rewire” the brain for success
  • Hard work and early jobs to build skills
  • And most importantly, patience and perseverance.

    Some of the highlights of Anita’s life story include:

  • Graduating college and going on to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist
  • Getting married to her husband in an all-autism wedding
  • Excelling as equestrian and jumping fences up to six feet tall
  • and even flying in an F-15 fighter jet!

  • Through the framework of her impressive life, Lesko proves that you can do anything you set your mind to—and teaches you how to do it yourself.

    Diagnosed with autism at age fifty, Anita Lesko always knew something was different—but never let that stop her. In her incredible story, she describes how she went from an uncoordinated “misfit” kid...

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    I really enjoyed this book.
    As someone else on the spectrum I really appreciate hearing others stories.
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    This is the perfect read for any adult wanting to educate themselves in autism. It’s a well written and researched book with examples and advice.

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    Through the book, I learned that the author is a personal friend of Temple Grandin. Both share their love for horses, - and in such, animals in general – as do the share the same diagnosis: autism spectrum disorder.

    The author received her autism diagnosis at age 50. In the novel's forword, she admits she is 'glad, she is autistic.' She believes it'll change the world, and hopes this novel will change the way we view and think about autism and autistic people in general.

    Her novel is a personal account about her success in life, and how she became from being a shy little young girl, to being the successful adult she is today. Ms Anita Lesko spoke at the UN headquarters in New York in 2017 at World Autism Awareness Day. She holds a M.Sc. in nurse anaesthesia.

    This personal account is basically about how childhood chores and how her love for horses and visualisation helped her cope with her anxiety, and incoordination. She is a strong advocate of animal-based intervention and programmes to reduce stress, and improve sensory input in ASD adults. Working at the stables since a child, saddling them, keeping track of feeding times, lessons, observing their needs, etc… have given her the life skills that made her a successful adult on the spectrum.
    I must admit, I am quite unfamiliar with horses in general, and the thought of riding one, well, not in my life time, preferably, since I am scared to death of these gigantic gentle creatures. However, I loved to read about shared childhood experience and the road she had to take to be where she is today. (I received my diagnosis at age 45.)

    This is a wonderful and powerful story, about a step-by-step visualisation learning technique system. This is a book about horses and the benefits of hippotherapy. But above all, this is an inspirational story about one brave woman, who never ever gave up on herself. Bravo!

    **** 4 star

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