The uplifting true story of two mothers from opposite sides
of the world united to help their sons
Portia Iversen’s life was turned upside down when her
two-year-old son Dov was diagnosed with autism. Desperate to find a treatment,
Portia was shocked to learn that almost nothing was known about the disorder,
which only a handful of researchers were studying.
When Portia heard of a severely autistic nonverbal boy in
India whose mother had taught him to read and write, she arranged for mother
and son to visit the United States to help researchers understand what can be
learned from their success. Soma Mukhopadhyay’s achievement was truly
astonishing: not only could her son Tito communicate, but he had an IQ of 185
and wrote beautiful poetry. Her revolutionary teaching method allowed Tito to
explain the startling differences in his sensory perception, offering
scientists an unrivaled window into the autistic mind.
Part memoir, part detective story, Strange Son is the
captivating account of these families’ extraordinary journeys, an inspiring tale
of the power of two mothers’ determination to find hope where there was once
only despair. Download and start listening now!