The Siege ebook

by Clara Claiborne Park

Clara Claiborne Park (August 19, 1923 – July 3, 2010) was an American college English teacher and author who was best known for her writings about her experiences raising her autistic daughter, the artist Jessica Park

Clara Claiborne Park (August 19, 1923 – July 3, 2010) was an American college English teacher and author who was best known for her writings about her experiences raising her autistic daughter, the artist Jessica Park.

The original autism parents book, fighting back against the silly psychotherapy ideas around autism of the day. Park is a true heroine.

Sh Clara Justine Claiborne graduated from Radcliffe College in 1944

The Siege: A Family's Journey Into the World of an Autistic Child. by. Clara Claiborne Park. Clara Park's daughter Jessy (called Elly in the book) was diagnosed autistic at a time when experts used the term interchangeably with psychosis and schizophrenia, and blamed over-educated mothers for their children's condition. Sh Clara Justine Claiborne graduated from Radcliffe College in 1944. She married physicist David Park in 1945, and they both attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a master's degree in 1949, majoring in English literature.

In addition to book-patting, chaining, and rocking, Elly could now put rings on a stick. As if in relief at the introduction of some variety into her circumscribed activities, she did put rings on a stick - over and over and over.

Pioneers Blazing New Trails! Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 14 years ago. In 1957 when Jessy Park was born (called "Elly" in this book, but later identified by her mother in the sequel "Exiting Nirvana"), very little was known about autism. Elly/Jessy presented behavior that Kanner described more than a decade earlier (1943) when he first coined the term "autism.

Clara Clairborne Park. Elly Park was a beautiful, golden-haired little girl who moved with unusual grape. A document of courage and determination,The Siege stands as a timely reminder of what can be accomplished by parental love and understanding. As a baby she had been undemanding, and later she appeared totally absorbed in her own world. When she was three her parents learned that she was autistic. In The Siege Elly’s mother describes how she, her husband and their three normal children set out to break down the barriers of Elly’s childhood psychosis.

Clara Claiborne Park is the author of several books. She has recently retired from the English Department of Williams College, and is a prominent speaker about autism.

Jessy, the 8-year-old daughter of Clara Claiborne Park, would step around a spot of light on the floor for hours, or incessantly run a chain through her fingers

Jessy, the 8-year-old daughter of Clara Claiborne Park, would step around a spot of light on the floor for hours, or incessantly run a chain through her fingers. She would sit and stare through people around her as though they were not there. A word she learned one day would fade from her memory the next.

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At the age of two, in 1960, Jessy Park was remote, withdrawn, unable to walk or talk, yet oddly content within the invisible walls that surrounded her. Doctors were baffled. The study of autism was still in its infancy. Jessy's family stepped in. This book records the challenges and rewards of the first eight years of Jessy's life.
While I have been trained to work with autistic children, I had never encountered such a thorough account of the first years of the life and uneven development of an autistic child. Clara Claiborne Park is an amazing observer, author, mother, and scientist in the way she analyzes the language problems and thinks of ways to work with them. This book should be read by any mother and father and professional dealing with an infant and preschooler who is not developing as 'normal'; those who have autistic children will recognize the behaviors and those who children are not autistic will be given a lot to observe and decide that that is not the direction of a non-autistic child. Either way, this book should be a helpful guide!
I enjoyed reading this book and received it in a timely manner. However, someone folded the front cover page or placed it in the package so hastily that it was bent backwards near the top of it (the front cover) when I received the item in the mail.
No wonder some friend stole this one. A woman you'd like to have as a near neighbour, telling the story of the first eight years of the bringing-up of an autistic daughter, her youngest child. Of the slow realisation, between when she was about eight months old and when she was two, that there was something different and far wrong, something missing: not intelligence, not the usual senses: call it a willingness to let the senses in. Of the years of unrelenting struggle to get this child to latch onto the world around her, to interact with people, to speak: years of a siege - and there were three other children needing love as well, and people who helped and people who did NOT ...
I just had to get another copy.
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This book, the story of one family’s attempt to break through what seems to them to be their child’s utter indifference to them, is remarkable both for the mother’s story of her own efforts to engage her child and for her account of her attempts to get help from a community of professionals who seem as baffled as she is by her child’s behavior.
Her progress with her daughter is very slow.. Elly ( the pseudonym for Jessica Park) makes progress at her own pace and she notices and responds to what interests her. She is very attentive to some details ( and has become a remarkable artist) but she is rarely attentive to people. I sometimes got impatient with the narrative but I think that was more indicative of my need for Elly to make more rapid and remarkable progress than it was of any flaw in the prose.
Clara Claiborne Park raised Elly during the era when the supposed etiology of autism was “the refrigerator mother,” a parent who did not want her child and whose demeanor conveyed this to the developing infant. (See Bruno Bettleheim’s “Joey the Mechanical Boy” for the full explanation of this most damaging of theories). Her discomfort at being judged for unnamed flaws is poignantly expressed: “Comfortable, well-educated members of the upper middle class ordinarily escape the experience of depersonalization, of utter helplessness in institutional hands, of reduction to the status of children to whom situations are mediated, not explained. Like so much that hurts, the experience is deeply educational. . We know now in our skins that the most threatening of all attacks is the attack on the sense of personal worth, that the harshest of all deprivations is the deprivation of respect. We know now, I think, how the slum mother feels as the welfare worker comes round the corner. It takes, one would think, so little knowledge of psychology to put oneself in another person's place.”
Attitudes toward autism and its etiology have changed dramatically, but this memoir, originally written in the 1960s is still well worth reading
The Seige is fairly dated now; autism study has come a long way since then. It is more a case study than a memoir, and sometimes the amount of details gets a bit much. But it is certainly a landmark, and well worth taking a look at. For what it's worth, the last few sentences of the book are the wisest comment on why we are here in this veil of tears that I have ever encountered.
Wow, having worked with autistic children for many years, this is the first account that shows how the autistic child exists in a family.
Amazing story during a time where autism was not well know or talked about
A must read for every parent of a child with autism! Superbly written with incredible insight only a devoted mother could offer. Don't be put off because it was written in the early 60's, this is a classic in the autism world!
The Siege ebook
Clara Claiborne Park
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