"I Want to Be Artist"

"I Want to Be Artist" : An Autistic Savant's Voice and a Mother's Dream Transformed Onto Canvas

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Ping Lian Yeak was born in Malaysia in 1993 and is now living in Australia. At the age of three, came the seemingly defeating diagnosis of autism. As a toddler Ping Lian was nonverbal, hyperactive with attention deficit disorder, living in "his own world," not showing any affection or awareness of danger and unable to hold a pencil to write or use a scissor to cut. I Want To Be Artist: An Autistic Savant's Voice and A Mother's Dream Transformed onto Canvas is a non-fictional account of the inspirational journey of a young boy in special education with severe autism, who has been empowered by his single, widowed mother (Sarah Lee) to become a successful artist and a well behaved young man who exhibits empathy and affection. It is the story of a mother's desperate struggle to get her autistic son to "see" her; to "love" his family, to be a contributing member to society, and to live a meaningful life. Sarah Lee "brainwashed" her autistic son ( diagnosed as a a prodigious savant by Dr. Darold Treffert), to become an artist by using the knowledge she gained in motivational seminars and her faith in God, paired with her intuitive insights, The book showcases the power of when you dare to dream and how determination can change a situation that appears Impossible, to become Possible. The portrayal is one mother's triumphant message for developing a skill, training a talent, developing good character and instilling emotion in her autistic son. How was this achieved? Uncover this parents' journey regarding "how" she trained the talent. "I Want To Be Artist" may change mindsets and expose you to the possibilities of unlocking a skill set that exists within each of us. You will discover the power of your own inner strength as the most important tool for further development in your child as well as in yourself.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 486 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 34mm | 866g
  • Siew Hong Lee
  • United States
  • English
  • , colour illustrations
  • 0648035417
  • 9780648035411
  • 1,448,476

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"I Want To Be ARTIST - An Autistic Savant's Voice and a Mother's Dream Transformed onto Canvas is the inspiring story of how a mother nurtured and encouraged her son's ability in art. Find out what your child is good at and then broaden and expand it. My mother always encouraged me to draw many different things. It is important to always "stretch" and expand a child's experiences." -TEMPLE GRANDIN, Author The Autistic Brain and Thinking in Pictures "This book is an owner's manual of sorts, providing a chronicle of what did work-- stylized but painfully slowly, for this mother, Sarah Lee, for her son Ping Lian in helping him on the road toward realizing his full potential as an artist. But even more importantly, helping him also to attain the best communication and social skills he could on the road toward eventually being as independent as possible." -DAROLD TREFFERT, M.D. Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant "There can be no doubt that Ping Lian owes a debt to his 'tiger mother', Sarah, who recognized his talent at an early age and worked so tirelessly to help him develop his artistic facility. One need not share Sarah's faith in either God or motivational literature to realize she has found a set of techniques that have brought out the best in her son." -JOHN McDONALD Art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald "I Want To Be ARTIST: An Autistic Savant's Voice and A Mother's Dream Transformed onto Canvas is the story of a mother's desperate struggle to get her autistic son to 'see' her; to 'love' his family and to be a contributing member to society. Readers will be fortunate to capture not just the turmoil but the life lessons and strategies created out of Sarah Lee's desperation that have led to her son's success." -ROSA C. MARTINEZ, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strokes of Genius, Inc -President and Foundershow more