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

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Chapter 9

All in the Family

JUST BEFORE SUMMER a startling thing happened.

For almost a year we had been planning a small family reunion involving several of my cousins and their children. When we had initially offered to host this event, we’d had no idea of Paul’s diagnosis and had in fact been counting on him to grow out of what we thought were “terrible two” behaviors before then. Now we were just grateful to have organized it on home turf. Traveling with Paul had never been easy, but at this point in our lives it was impossible, even with his recent improvements. The car had made him antsy even as a baby, and any trip lasting longer than ...

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