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I Am Me is a courageous story offered as a gift of hope, inspiration, and love to anyone whose life is affected by an autism spectrum diagnosis—a candid and moving personal narrative about raising a child with the devastating diagnosis. One out of 68 children today are diagnosed with autism. One of those happens to be Marlene Ringler’s son. Yesterday’s autistic child is today’s autistic adult. As mothers, women worry about just what will happen to their child when they are no longer around to provide guidance and support.
Who will look after him? Who will care? Who will love my son?
Marlene Ringler directly addresses those very human questions as she pays special attention to research findings and current investigations into the spectrum disorder. Her journey provides a firsthand look at the highs and lows of raising a son with this diagnosis, leading towards a greater understanding of how recognition of an autistic diagnosis can be viewed as part of our human condition.
I Am Me is a straightforward, honest, and touching story of how a family copes when one member is on the spectrum. It is a journey told through the prism of a mother who offers hope, belief, and conviction that the life of a child with autism can and should be fulfilling and rewarding.
Carol F. Edelman, PhDEmeriti Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, California State University
“This is an exceptional book, blending scientific theory and fact with the moving personal experience of a mother who has raised a child – now adult – diagnosed with Asberger Syndrome. It is a “must read” for other parents facing this difficult situation.”
Irving Kirsch PhDAuthor of The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth”
“This is a book that needed to be written. And it is a book that needs to be read by anyone trying to deal creatively with a family member or friend who is on the autism spectrum. I can think of dozens of families in the various churches I served over the last 55 years who would have benefited greatly from this resource. Dr. Ringler tells the story of her family’s journey with her autistic son in a compelling yet compassionate and loving way. In so doing she shares insights which will be helpful to anyone on a similar journey.”
Dr. Donald E. Inlay, B.A. University of Redlands, Redlands, California; Rel.D., Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California; form"