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

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Chapter 19

In Pursuit of Italy

MOST OF PAUL’S kindergarten year passed by in a blur. Life was no longer a steady drumbeat of horrific experiences by which to measure the days and months; it was just uneventful and mostly forgettable. This must be what normal parents felt, I realized, when they said it seems like they grow up so fast. Until now it had felt like Paul was growing up so, so slowly.

There were still some quirks to his personality, of course. It was never our goal to change who he was, only to remove the barriers and set that inner person free. For Christmas that year he begged for detailed medical anatomy posters, like the ones he ...

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