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No Map to This Country: One Family's Journey through Autism by Jennifer Noonan

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Chapter 3

Ants, Elephants, and Dinosaurs

THE DAY AFTER our appointment with Melanie, our pediatrician called me at home, which was a little surreal. I’d never had a doctor call us before. It hadn’t even occurred to me that she would be receiving notes from the occupational therapy session, though I had of course signed the legal forms allowing it. Dr. Felix’s tone was very sympathetic, as you would be with someone who had suffered a family tragedy, and this only confounded me further since I was still of the mindset that it was no big deal.

She recommended a pediatric neurologist and directed me to the Autism Speaks website, which I’d already ...

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