Book Review: Healing without Hurting

Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medications

By all the Hughes Brothers can determine, here’s THE book to read for parents and friends of children with autism.

The complex, quite wonderful title/name LPC Kozek stands front and center of this basic literature about the complexities of autism spectrum disorders. Ms. Kozek answers also to the name of Jennifer. She’s a therapist practicing in Connecticut and, more to the point, the mother of a son with autism, little Evan.

Mom found a way.

Jennifer began to treat her son “bio-medically.” And the results lay beyond profound. Life-changing they became. Her little guy no longer screaming, feral in his grunts and screamed hurts. No more hitting other children. No toys, no food thrown. No more massive swings of mood capable of affecting an entire family, a classroom, a friend’s sixth birthday party. Gone now the rage. New and so, so welcome Evan’s willingness to listen to teachers, his entirely appropriate responses in social situations of every sort.

Good gosh, Mom says Evan will now look you in the eye and speak to you of major, all-boyish things.

Published in 2014, the book still describes, still testifies to the goodness that now attends a happy young man ten years on an earth he has just begun to recognize. And love.

Mom Jennifer’s book describes in rich, useful, usable detail the full and complete menu of natural treatment options for children such as Evan, the usual clinical, all the medical approaches tried and found, at best, but partially helpful.

Drawing on her own overwhelming experience, Ms. Kozek has written a book which will take other parents on a beautifully detailed accounting of her own, of Evan’s success story.

Autistic wisdom, parceled out for all to read. And to heed.

While the back story is engaging and, in places, quite beautiful, the authoress at no time loses sight of the good she has set out to do.

Accordingly, you may expect highlighted, unmistakable tips – typographically, illustratively managed in such a way that you will see. And you will remember.

The Hughes Brothers, drawing on our own early educational backgrounds, will tell you that a nun might not have done a better job of emphasizing key points, of delivering a sound and succinct outline of all that is to be taken from each chapter.

Much about this splendid read identifies so much that otherwise would not be so obvious.

Jennifer Kozek’s book would be worthwhile and then some, had she stopped with the classification of terms identifying common behaviors associated with autism. She delivers in all appropriate detail the signs, the earliest signs, that an autoimmune disorder might be brewing.

She synopsizes a pharmacological dictionary of terms related to medications, their likely benefits, their unavoidable side-effects.

She catalogs food sensitivities, the merciless outside attacks on a child’s autoimmune system. She shows worried parents how to test for nutritional deficiencies. She warns about the causes of malabsorption of much-needed food values.

Ms. Kozek explores with rightful rigor the gut-brain connection that obtains with so many children with autism. And she spends precious pages discussing the varied supplements that might play a role in supporting your child’s physical health. At the same time, she alerts parents to the food additives to, at all costs, be avoided. She identifies damaging toxins in the environment. She recommends vitamins.

She will help you find the right doctor, the supporting clinical practitioners best able to help your child.

The woman just will not stop.

Most specific to our purposes here, this book will help you with the sleep problems accompanying autism.

Her analysis of sleep problems is quick, cogent, and responsive. Her suggestions for treatment of bedtime difficulties are entirely in keeping with the overall thrust of the book: that is, practical in the extreme, straightforward, and completely self-controlled.

The Hughes Brothers have more to say about Healing without Hurting.

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