(Title updated from the original Getting Sean Out)
The Just Get to the Trailhead manuscript tells how a gifted young teacher taught severely impaired teen Sean how to open his heart, step out in the world, and never stop trying. The legacy of their work lives on as Sean's family helps other families get out on the trail.
Lisa Louis is currently seeking representation for Just Get to the Trailhead: Journey Out of Autism Isolation.
Hear about the background story in selected articles and interviews under Media. Click Contact to connect with Lisa.
14-year-old Sean was trapped at home by his extreme neurosensory challenges related to autism. Despite extensive time and money invested in an array of therapies, Sean and his family descended into despair as the scope of their world approached total isolation. At a moment when things felt darkest, a brilliant young teacher arrived in their lives. Thirty-year-old David used his unique instincts with special needs students to draw Sean out of the house and onto stunning nature trails in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After David’s sudden and unexpected loss (In Memory and Thanks), Sean’s mother created HikingAutism.com, a website to help others embrace the therapeutic power of nature. David's legacy continues as Sean and his family now lead other Bay Area families on nature hikes.