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The Mind Tree: A Miraculous Child Breaks the Silence of Autism [Hardcover]

Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1 edition (9 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559706996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559706995
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 14.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,759,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The mind Tree 23 Mar 2004
By A Customer
A beautifully moving book written by Tito in a series of poems. This book gives glipses of the the way the world may seem to an autistic person.Would make a wonderful gift especially to a special needs teacher.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 23 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I found this book absolutely fascinating. For a severely austistic child to be able to write and voice his thoughts is an incredible feat. All the hype behind it is very appropriate-this is a book that should have exactly that sort of exposure. Tito allowed his writings to be published, not only so they could be shared with the general public but also to raise awareness about autism. A severely austic child is clearly not a helpless case as many people before believed and if there are other books out there like this one, perhaps The Mind Tree will help bring attention to them.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an amazing book! 2 Mar 2007
By Lisa Helt - Published on Amazon.com
I have read this book 4 times, bought 7 copies to send to all my family. I have a non-verbal child with autism and this book has given me insights into what his life is like. It is so inspiring you can not put it down! Tito is such an articulate writer that I sometimes need to re-read his book to catch all the different meanings his words have said. Actually some of his poetry reminds me of great prophets in the Bible, that need to be studied, considered at every angle, and deeply absorbed. Thank you Tito for all your inspiration! Keep it up!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 3 Aug 2007
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
I give this book 5 stars!

From the moment that my son was diagnosed as Autistic, I searched for books that are written by Autistic individuals because I wanted better insight and there's no better insight than from the one who walks the path themselves. Tito not only gave great insight, he amazed me with the most beautiful poetry that I have ever had the priviledge of reading.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autism Kaleidoscope 21 Jan 2011
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
Tito Mukhopadhyay is a genius. It's as simple as that.

This brilliant young man who was born in 1989 has severe autism. He has said that he cannot work comfortably using more than one sensory mode at a time. He is marginally verbal. Tito's mother Soma has worked tirelessly with him and taught him to read using a letter board. From the letter board she developed RPM, Rapid Prompting Method. Soma would guide Tito through the paces until he mastered the given skill and was ready to fly solo. They have also started HALO, Helping Autism through Learning & Outreach. HALO is a nonprofit organization that provides 1x1 intensive work with clients with autism, families, educators and other professionals.

Tito describes the experience of a person locked in a limbo of silence due to autism beautifully. He provides excellent explanations of his behavior as a child. For example, he lined up all his red toys around his tricycle as he wanted to honor it with things in the color he loved best. He paints word masterpieces, murals of descriptions that explain what having severe autism has been like for him. Thanks to Soma and Tito, these Ambassadors of Autism have helped bridge gaps between those in need of understanding of autism and those who live the experience. His expressions are vividly colorful and his brilliant use of imagery will take root and develop into a large tree of knowledge, as stated in this book. This is a must read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grandmother's point of view 20 April 2012
By Donna Rothgeb - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
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