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High hopes were dashed,
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After reading reviews for this book I was really hoping for some golden nuggets of insight into what might be going on in my own son's head. I do appreciate this is written by a 13 year old with profound difficulties but it left me wondering what I'd missed to have earned it all the wonderful reviews. My 17yr old is at the severe end of the spectrum with challenging behaviour and I'd already worked out that some of his outbursts have no rhyme or reason, he simply can't help it. Also, for the spinning, jumping, lining up etc. it's always been very clear (to me anyway) that these activities are needed to maintain a sense of balance in the individual who hasn't otherwise been able to engage in "typical" behaviours. So, I would only tend to recommend this book to families of newly diagnosed children or to those who haven't had much contact with people on the spectrum. I would also like to echo a previous reviewer who said that if you've met one person with autism then you've met one person with autism.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2013 16:31:19 BDT
I tend to agree. I was also left disappointed - even annoyed by some of the generalisations he makes.
Posted on 3 Sep 2013 21:15:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Sep 2013 21:29:25 BDT
Wonder Woman says:
There is no miracle insight into autism. As a parent of 18 year old severe end of autistic son myself, I've read numerous books written by people with autism. e.g. Temple Grandin, but I soon realised the fact that there is no 'one size fits all' understanding into this condition. As you rightly say, we parents tend to know best about what is going on inside our own children's heads. Although my son would not be able to express his thinking like Naoki, I can see some of what he describes may apply to my son and some may not, and that's the reality. Still, as a book, I thought this was well written and provides enough food for thoughts. The only thing we can do is to read these books just as a reference and not to expect them to provide 'the answer' to this very complex condition.
Posted on 2 Nov 2014 16:18:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Nov 2014 16:19:02 GMT
Kay Miles says:
I completely agree, I wish I had read reviews like yours before I bought the book. It was an impulse buy though on my lunch break - very disappointing and could easily have been summarised into about four pages. I have just posted my own review to this extent. I'm sure it could be helpful for people with no idea about Autism, perhaps younger readers especially to teach compassion in children. But it is nothing new or radical.
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