From the perspective of a grandmother, this book is most helpful in understanding the thoughts, thinking patterns, and behaviors of my own autistic grandson. To be told by someone autistic that he behaves a certain way but feels another way helps one to know both the capabilities of the child, but to also know how to help that child fit into the social circumstances into which he is placed. When an autistic child misbehaves, one should guide him to the right behavior in a positive way. Not understanding how he thinks sometimes makes the positive approach difficult.
Made clear by Tito are the significance of routine and consistency, but helping an autistic child to widen his boundaries (as Samo, his mother, shows us) is equally important. How else could Tito grow in his knowledge of English and in his ability to write! I plan to purchase this book for both the natural mother who has from birth shown her love and acceptance of my autistic grandson and for the step mother, who has very lovingly taken on the role of motherhood for someone so challenging as a severely autistic boy soon to be 9. It is my hope that the book will also interest my son, the boy's father, and help my son realize what he has often thought--that some day little Rylan may come out of his "hidden" world and into the "real" world. There is hope!