Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter

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Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter

by Robert Rummel-Hudson

St. Martin's Press | January 6, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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When Schuyler Rummel-Hudson was eighteen months old, a question about her lack of speech by her pediatrician set in motion a journey that continues today. When she was diagnosed with bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria (an extremely rare neurological disorder), her parents were given a name for the monster that had been stalking them from doctor to doctor, and from despair to hope, and back again.

Once they knew why Schuyler couldn't speak, they needed to determine how to help her learn. They took on educators and society to give their beautiful daughter a voice, and in the process learned a thing or two about fearlessness, tenacity, and joy.

More than a memoir of a parent dealing with his child's disability, Schuyler's Monster is a tale of a little girl who silently teaches a man filled with self-doubt how to be the father she needs.

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: January 6, 2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312538804

ISBN - 13: 9780312538804

Found in: Family and Relationships

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Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter

Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter

by Robert Rummel-Hudson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: January 6, 2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312538804

ISBN - 13: 9780312538804

About the Book

"Schuyler's Monster" is an honest, funny, and heart-wrenching account of a family, and particularly a little girl, who won't give up. More than the story of a parent dealing with a child's disability, this is the tale of a little girl who silently teaches a man filled with self-doubt how to be the father she needs.

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When Schuyler Rummel-Hudson was eighteen months old, a question about her lack of speech by her pediatrician set in motion a journey that continues today. When she was diagnosed with bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria (an extremely rare neurological disorder), her parents were given a name for the monster that had been stalking them from doctor to doctor, and from despair to hope, and back again.

Once they knew why Schuyler couldn't speak, they needed to determine how to help her learn. They took on educators and society to give their beautiful daughter a voice, and in the process learned a thing or two about fearlessness, tenacity, and joy.

More than a memoir of a parent dealing with his child's disability, Schuyler's Monster is a tale of a little girl who silently teaches a man filled with self-doubt how to be the father she needs.

 

About the Author

Robert Rummel-Hudson has been writing online since 1995.  During that time, his work has been recognized by the Diarist Awards at diarist.net and has been featured in the Austin Chronicle, the Irish Times, the New Haven Register, the Dallas Morning News, Wondertime Magazine and Good Housekeeping, as well as on American Public Radio''s "Weekend America."

Robert and his family currently live in Plano, Texas, where Schuyler attends a special class for children who use Augmentative Alternative Communication devices.  Much of her days are now spent in mainstream classes with neurotypical children her age.

Editorial Reviews

“A gripping explication, shot through with equal parts horror and hope, of how parenthood can turn ordinary people into passionate advocates.” - Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad "Robert Rummel-Hudson is brave enough to reveal the damage the discovery of his child''s condition did to his marriage and to his own sense of self. He manages to repair some of the damage through close involvement with Schuyler and vigorous campaigning on her behalf. His memoir is honest, often painful and deeply personal."  - Charlotte Moore, author of George & Sam "The book is engaging and honest - I''m sure it will help many parents who are struggling to find the most loving way to help their children who have "issues." - Dana Buchman, designer, author of A Special Education: One Family''s Journey Through the Maze of Learning Disabilities “Rummel-Hudson’s memoir offers a moving account of his and wife Julie’s unrelenting efforts to give their buoyant little girl a way to communicate.” – People magazine “ Relating the battle for his exceptional daughter with nimble wit, ardor and considerable descriptive ability, Rummel-Hudson has evolved from blogger to author.” – Kirkus “…A study not only in Schuyler’s vivacious and resilient personality, but also in the redeeming power of understanding…” – Publishers Weekly “This memoir, full of fear and rage and disappointment and acceptance and advo
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