Another graduate from the “School With a Tradition of Excellence” has written a book called “I AM ME”. Marlene Ringler ’64 is the mother of a 40+ year old son with autism, and the book describes the roads that she and her son have travelled as they deal with his condition. A better description follows.
Marlene F. (Smith) Ringler, Ph.D. ’64
I AM ME – My Personal Journey with My Forty Plus Autistic Son is a book that needed to be written and needs to be read. It is a story that takes the reader into the world of her autistic son as he grows from childhood into adulthood.
Dr. Ringler tells her story with empathy and determination. She describes the struggle both she and her son experienced in coming to terms with his diagnosis and then, at each stage in his life, learning how his unique needs could be addressed. She would not accept a social reality where answers were hard to find. With unremitting determination, Dr. Ringler takes us on her journey of discovery as she strives to enter into the world of the autistic in order to enrich her son’s life by giving it meaning and hope.
In order to inform others, Ringler tells of her journey of discovery and disappointment in her review of the professional literature on the subject. But even as she has identified areas of ignorance and narrow mindedness she courageously challenges decision makers to recognize the opportunities that do exist to enrich the lives of people on the autistic spectrum.
As a number of early reviewers of her book have noted, her story teaches the reader how to think and create out of the box and never give up. She has written an excellent guide for mental health professionals, educators and anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the autism spectrum disorder.
I Am Me tells a courageous story, offered as a gift of hope, inspiration and love to anyone whose life is affected by an autism spectrum diagnosis.This is an exceptional book.