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“Little did I know what would eventually dearly change in my life. It seems so long ago now. I came out of the darkness imposed by autism’s experts only 4.5 years ago, Now I am living the dream I prayed to happen over many years.
MEET JOHN SMYTH
John Smyth, author of From Autism’s Tomb, is a 21 year old expert on autism, isolation, and escape from isolation to a life of contribution.
Diagnosed with severe autism, communication disorder, and seizure disorder, John lost his speech to regressive autism at about 20 months of age and became nonverbal. Until the age of 16 ½, he was unable to communicate even his most basic needs.
John’s public school system and other professionals tested him to have the mind of a three year-old. He was placed in life skills classes for most of his education, having taken a couple of years off to do Verbal Behavior Therapy in a private setting.
At the age of 16 ½, John began taking lessons in Supported Typing. To his parents’ complete surprise, he began communicating age-appropriate thoughts immediately. In the 4 ½ years since that time, John has graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA. He will attend Marian University in Indianapolis in January 2016 to pursue a major in pastoral leadership and a minor in peace and justice, with the goal of public advocacy for the educational rights of nonverbal autistics.
About From Autism’s Tomb
An autistic nonverbal reveals life secrets from the profound Silence that holds us all. These secrets shape every person’s reality and potential. Yet most of humanity is unaware of them because of the depths of isolation required for discovery.
Author John Smyth, age 21, was regarded as mentally incompetent and without potential for contribution to society less than 5 years ago. Yet he taught himself to read at age 3, perceived all of life around him with extraordinary sensory accuity, and, after 16 ½ years of isolation, entered the world of communication.
In this book, John shares how embracing these discoveries has enabled him to grow from the depths of despair and resignation to a life of gratitude and accomplishment.
In John’s own words, From Autism’s Tomb …
… is a book of experiences and insights. It shoots me from the time of my losing myself to the time that I realize that the silence is my friend. It shares the journey, the speeches, the insights, and the work to give back…
… powerfully communicates an idea that will transform – somewhat a salvation idea…
… quietly assumes appreciation flowing quite powerfully from the writer’s pen.
Testimonials About John Smyth and From Autism’s Tomb
What an amazing story! What makes this even more impactful is the fact that John could not share with the world the way he felt until he was nearly 20 years old! This book is written from the perspective of a non-verbal autistic man that grabs at the heart while at the same time helping us realize what he went through.
John does a great job sharing his experience and giving very specific suggestions on how people can understand those with autism and relate to them. He also has a very specific message for those struggling with not being able to communicate.
Book Review from Amazon.com
I want to tell you that this book had a profound impact on me! This morning, (after little sleep), I am filled with a deep sense of wholeness as if a cavern of awareness suddenly opened up beneath my feet and its radiance rose up surrounding me and penetrating my flesh with a resurgence of energy, confidence and determination. My spirit is lighter and my strength has doubled. I praise God for giving you the gift you now share with all of us.”
Mother of nonverbal autistic Nick
… As I read…, I felt goose bumps develop all over my body. I was incredibly moved, touched and inspired at the same time.
Much of my life has been involved with teaching and motivating people to become stronger physically but more important, mentally. As a SEAL we call this “strengthening our Combat Mindset”. As a motivator, I call this “Reaching Beyond Boundaries”.
John understands these concepts better than I do…
With great respect and admiration… “
Don D. Mann
SEAL Team 6/ USN/ret.
To EVERYONE! This is truly a talented young man! Such an inspiration!”
John hits a chord inside our souls…”
Certified Music Therapist