"Minimal cerebral dysfunction."
The doctor's words conﬁrmed the Meyers' fears.
Their two-year-old Joshua's problems of relating to others, physical coordination and disturbed behavior were, indeed, the outward signs of brain damage.
But Joshua didn't ﬁt the mold of brain damaged children, and his parents were ﬁnally forced to confront the reality of autism.
Amidst all the uncertainty and ignorance about autism which prevailed at that time, Naomi Meyer, an experienced teacher of young children, made her decision: she would educate Joshua on her own.
The journey with Joshua is the story of one couple's search, ﬁrst in New York, then in Israel, for a Supportive environment for their handicapped child.
It is the story Joshua's ﬁerce struggle to function as a productive member of his own family.
Still more, it is the story of Joshua's mother who persistently pushed back the boundaries of the possible and discovered within herself unexpected vistas.
Naomi Meyer dared enter the seemingly impenetrable world of the autistic child-as mother and as teacher. Engaged in constant, painful soul-searching, she tried to balance Joshua's myriad needs with those of everyone else in the family.
Ultimately, it was Joshua himself who showed her the way.
Naomi Meyer, a noted author, is a pioneer in special education. She chose to write this book under a pseudonym in order to protect the privacy of her family