When Max was four, he was diagnosed with something called PDD-NOS—pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified. His parents thought the news couldn’t get any worse. But six years later, Max was rediagnosed with autism. He is low functioning and barely verbal, and when he becomes frustrated or overwhelmed—which happens often—he hurts himself or others. For his younger brother, Justin, this can be hard to understand. But Justin loves his brother and wants to understand him better. Written with children in mind, Medicine for My Big Brother explores the impact of autism from a sibling’s perspective, especially focusing on the use and effects of psychotropic medication. Based on dozens of intensive interviews with parents and clinicians, Medicine for My Big Brother is the story of a modern struggle with a universal theme: a brother’s love.
About the Author
Agata Antonow is a writer committed to book development, educational writing, and marketing. She discovered the power of reading early and has always wanted to share the magic of story with others. She graduated from McMaster University with a double honors major in history and English literature before embarking on graduate studies. Agata currently lives in Canada and is enthusiastic about being part of this ORP project.
James G. Balestrieri is currently the CEO of Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc. (ORP). He has worked in the human services field for over 40 years, gaining experience in nearly every area. With a passion for creatively addressing the needs of those with impairments by managing the inherent stress among funding, programming, and profitability, Jim believes that people with disabilities have a right to find their place in the world and to achieve their maximum potential as individuals. For more information, see www.orp.com.