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Intelligent Love: The Story of Clara Park, Her Autistic Daughter, and the Myth of the Refrigerator Mother

Author: Marga Vicedo.

Intelligent Love: The Story of Clara Park, Her Autistic Daughter, and the Myth of the Refrigerator Mother

Author: Marga Vicedo.

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Item #: D40228
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2021
Publisher: Beacon
ISBN: 9780807025628
In the early 1960s, Clara Park and her husband took their 3-year-old daughter, Jessy, to a specialist after noticing that she avoided connection with others. The psychiatrist diagnosed Jessy with autism and blamed Clara. Refusing to accept this, Clara decided to document her family's experiences. In 1967, she published The Siege, her groundbreaking memoir ch... More
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In the early 1960s, Clara Park and her husband took their 3-year-old daughter, Jessy, to a specialist after noticing that she avoided connection with others. The psychiatrist diagnosed Jessy with autism and blamed Clara. Refusing to accept this, Clara decided to document her family's experiences. In 1967, she published The Siege, her groundbreaking memoir challenging the refrigerator mother theory. Dispelling many misconceptions, Marga Vicedo illuminates the story of how Clara Park and other parents fought against medical and popular attitudes toward autism.


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