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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; updated edition (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844547841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844547845
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anna Kennedy and her husband Sean, live in London with their two autistic sons Patrick and Angelo. "Not Stupid" is the story of Anna's determination to provide an appropriate learning environment for her sons and for other children within the autistic spectrum.


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By conjunction TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2008
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First of all this is an extremely remarkable tale of the achievement of this woman and her husband to create a network of schools, a college and other facilities for autistic children, all triggered by the needs of their own children who are still only 14 and 18 years old.

Secondly there is a lot of interesting information about teaching methods and how Anna has managed her family as it turns out her husband has Aspergers too! Some parts of the book are written by her husband and eldest son.

An inspiring tale, and full of relevant information if you care for people on the autistic spectrum.
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I bought the book for a friend who has a son with autism. I thought I would read a few pages to see if it might be of some help before giving it to her. I couldn't put it down and read the whole book. Not Stupid has given me a good insight into the lives of parents who have children with autism. I found the book very inspiring and easy to read.
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This inspriational book is so easy to read - it's not technical or scientific, but it is highly informative. Whether you're a parent or a carer, an employer, teacher, SENCO, a relative or a friend of someone with an autistic spectrum condition this book will help you to appreciate, understand and cope.
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I bought this book because I was inspired to hear of her story about starting her own school, as an ordinary person.
I was fascinated to hear more about her experiences of living with autistic people and raising her children, and it really helped me to understand how difficult this must be at times.
The book is well written, and her passion comes across on every page.
I'm glad I read it, and I think I will remember this story to encourage me to battle on when all the doors seem to be closed.
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This is the story of a remarkable woman demonstrating courage and resilience and fighting for the best for her children. I'm not sure why Anna set up a business rather than a charity but I applaud the courage to invest her own money. It's clear that when you have a direct need for services and experience of autism one is much better placed to ensure good quality provision.
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I have 2 boys on the spectrum who struggle with mainstream and as there is no la asd school have to continue to do so, wish I had the energy and determination to do what she did for my boys, an inspiring mum
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Wow, wow, wow. I read this book in two days and from the start I couldn't put it down. As someone who works in this area, Anna 's account and description of this hidden disability gave me an in depth insight. I really felt as if I was reliving their journey, which has been a roller coaster. I particularly liked reading Patricks' account. Truly inspirational and emotional all the same time, the factual information was well balanced and weaved within real life examples. Everyone should read this, even if they have no contact with anyone with Aspergers Syndrome or Autism. Life's colourful tapestry can rock you to your core and bring you to your knees, but somehow we keep climbing to stand up tall. I love this book!
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As the parent of a son with autism, I was surprised that I didn't enjoy this book more. It's focus was very much the setting up of the school, finding premises etc and not much focus on the two children or family life. I wouldn't say that the book is essential reading for professionals, parents etc.
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