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

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Chapter 30

No Such Thing

RECOVERY IS A tough concept to pin down. Autism is not just a spectrum within the artificial boundaries of the diagnosis; the hallmark symptoms continue to trail off into nothingness even on the other side of the clinical line. If you’ve ever quoted a line from a movie to make your friends laugh, you’ve engaged in echolalia. If you’ve ever straightened a crooked picture on the wall, you’ve edged a sliver closer to the realm of the obsessive-compulsive. On the other hand, if you live in chaos and never correct, clean, or straighten anything, you probably qualify as pathological in the opposite direction. Mental and behavioral ...

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