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The Accidental Teacher:
Life Lessons from My Silent Son. Annie Lubliner Lehmann, $19.95
With insight and humour, this memoir
explores the realities of life with a severely autistic child and the
frustrations, challenges and triumphs that come with each day.
All I Can Handle:
I’m No Mother Teresa. Kim Stagliano, $27.95
How one woman raises three autistic daughters, loses one (temporarily) at Disney World, stays married, has sex, bakes gluten-free, goes broke and keeps her sense of humor.
Making an Asperger Marriage Work. Katrin Bentley, $22.95
Alone Together shares the struggle of one couple to rescue their marriage. It is uplifting and humorous, and includes very practical and compassionate advice for making an Asperger marriage succeed. This book offers couples hope, encouragement and strategies for their own marriages.
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Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me. Anne
Clinard Barnhill, $17.95
This bittersweet memoir will resonate
with families affected by autism and other developmental disorders
and will appeal to everyone interested in the condition.
with Asperger’s in 20 ⅓ Chapters. Jesse Saperstein,
A delightful storyteller, Jesse Saperstein puts a human face on Asperger’s and makes us better understand what it means to see the worlds through the prism of autism.
Autism All-Stars: How We Use Our
Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine in Life. Josie
Santomauro, Editor, $19.95
Writers from all over the world at
different stages in their careers, and from very different backgrounds, share
their experiences of creating a successful life on the autism spectrum. Each
explains how it is possible to draw on autistic strengths not just to make your
way in the world, overcoming challenges and obstacles, but also to make your
life a real success. Education, the world of work, and relationships are the
focus of the first part of the book, which then goes on to look at exceptional
creativity, and the use of special interests.
The autobiographical stories in this
book are full of wisdom and humour, and will be an inspiration for anyone with
high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome, their family and friends, and the
professionals who work alongside them.
Autism and Me.
Rory Hoy, $34.95 DVD format, 20 minutes
Only people with autism truly know what it's like to be autistic — and even then, every autistic individual is unique! This award-winning short film by Rory Hoy, an 18-year-old filmmaker with autism, provides a privileged glimpse into his autistic world, letting us take a journey through his everyday experience and see it through his eyes … This engaging, insightful and light-hearted film will be invaluable to people with autism, their friends and family, and to professionals working with them. A booklet explaining the film, also compiled by the author, accompanies the DVD.
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Autism, Anxiety and Me: a Diary in Even Numbers.
Emma Louise Bridge, $22.95
Emma's unique perspective as a young woman with autism
and social anxiety gives a fascinating take on challenging issues such as
employment, the transition to adulthood, friendships, and sensory sensitivity.
Her diary provides an original voice from someone still in the process of
figuring it all out.
Bad Animals: a
Father’s Accidental Education in Autism. Joel Yanofsky,
A veteran book reviewer, Yanofsky has spent a lifetime immersed in literature (not to mention old movies and old jokes), which he calls shtick. This account of a year in the life of a family describes a father's struggle to enter his son's world, the world of autism, using the materials he knows best: self-help books, feel-good memoirs, literary classics from the Bible to Dr. Seuss, old movies, and, yes, shtick. Funny, wrenching, and unfailingly candid, Bad Animals is both an exploration of a baffling condition and a quirky love story told by a gifted writer.
Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger's
and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families and Teachers. John Elder Robison, $21.00 (updated edition with Canadian resources)
In his bestselling memoir, LOOK ME
IN THE EYE, John Elder Robison described growing up with Asperger's syndrome at
a time when the diagnosis didn't exist. He was intelligent but socially
isolated; his talents won him jobs with toy makers and rock bands but did
little to endear him to authority figures and classmates, who were put off by
his inclination to blurt out non sequiturs and avoid eye contact.
By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, John had already developed a myriad
of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly
successful, life. In BE DIFFERENT, Robison shares a new batch of endearing
stories about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the
reader a rare window into the Aspergian mind.
The Best Kind
of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome. Shonda
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Beyond the Wall:
Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Stephen
A warm and remarkable journey into the life of an “aspie.”
Boy Alone: a Brother's Memoir. Karl Taro Greenfeld, $33.99
Acclaimed journalist Karl Taro Greenfeld speaks out about growing up in the shadow of his autistic brother, revealing the complex mix of rage, confusion, and love that defined his childhood. Boy Alone is his brutally honest memoir of the hopes, dreams, and realities of life with a mentally disabled sibling.
The Boy Who Ate Stars. Kochka, $12.50 (ages 8-12)
Lucy is determined to meet all the people in her apartment block, interested in their names which seem to come from around the world. The first person she meets is Matthew, an autistic boy upstairs from her, and his mother, Marie. Matthew loves to plunge his hands into long hair, and, getting to know Lucy’s friend, Theo, he starts to respond to the music of her grandfather’s African drum.
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The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes. Randi Davenport, $29.95
A harrowing tale of a boy’s autism and mental illness and a mother’s fight to save her son.
The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened with Autism. Patricia Stacey, $18.00
At once heart-wrenching and hopeful, Patricia Stacey's enthralling memoir traces the experience of a remarkable family who struggled courageously in order to give their son a rich and emotionally full life.
Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through
Autism. Arthur Fleischmann, with Carly Fleischmann,
At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was
diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her
from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop
beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after
years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely
unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough. While working
with her devoted therapists Howie and Barb, Carly reached over to their laptop
and typed in “HELP TEETH HURT,” much to everyone’s astonishment.
This was the beginning of Carly’s
journey toward self-realization. Although Carly still struggles with all the
symptoms of autism, which she describes with uncanny accuracy and detail, she
now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her
family, her therapists, and the many thousands of people who follow her via her
blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
A Child Unlike Any Other. Directed by Anna Barczewska, $14.95 (DVD format, 11 minutes)
Jan Maka was a child like any other, until his family's lives were turned upside down when it was discovered he had autism. Through the voice of Jan's devoted mother and the comments of specialists, this touching short film introduces us to the demanding daily reality of autism.
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Cowboy & Wills:
a Remarkable Little Boy and the Puppy that Changed His Life. Monica
The day Monica Holloway learns that her lovable, brilliant three-year-old son has autism spectrum disorder she takes him to buy an aquarium. But what Wills really wants is a puppy, and from the moment Cowboy Carol Lawrence, an overeager and affectionate golden retriever, joins the family, Monica watches as her cautious son steps a little farther into the world. And when Cowboy turns out to need her new family as much as they need her, they discover just how much she has taught them about devotion, loyalty, and never giving up.
Daniel Isn't Talking. Marti Leimbach, $21.00
A fearless, unsentimental novel about a mother’s devotion to her autistic child, by the bestselling author of Dying Young. Author Marti Leimbach is herself the mother of an autistic child and she writes with the tenderness, insight and humour that only experience can bring. Passionate, moving, heartbreakingly real, Daniel Isn't Talking is a smart and engaging novel about a mother’s desperation and the capacities of love.
A Different Life: Rosie’s Story. Eye Television, UK. $32.95 DVD format, 23 minutes (ages 5 – 11)
The story of an autistic girl with an extraordinary view of the world, this DVD explains autism in child-friendly terms. Rosie is a girl with classic autism and here is her story, told through the eyes of her brother. A Different Life: Rosie’s Story is aimed at children aged 5 to 11.
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Do Lemons Have Feathers? More to Autism Than Meets the
Eye. David Burns, $18.95
Have you heard the one about the man who mistook a canary
for a lemon? How about the book that tells you exactly what that joke has to do
with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Filled with personal insights, anecdotes
and practical advice, David J. Burns lets you know what can be achieved because
of, and not in spite of, an ASD diagnosis.
Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with
the Mysteries and Meanings of Language. Daniel Tammet, $35.00
A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language by the
bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers.
Is vocabulary destiny? Why do clocks “talk” to the Nahua
people of Mexico? Will A.I. researchers ever produce true human-machine
dialogue? In this mesmerizing collection of essays, Daniel Tammet goes back in time to London to explore the numeric
language of his autistic childhood; in Iceland, he learns why the name Blær
became a court case; in Canada, he meets one of the world’s most accomplished
lip readers. He chats with chatbots; contrives an “e”-less essay on lipograms;
studies the grammar of the telephone; contemplates the significance of
disappearing dialects; and corresponds with native Esperanto speakers — in
their mother tongue.
A joyous romp through the world of words, letters,
stories, and meanings, Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing explores
the way communication shapes reality. From the art of translation to the
lyricism of sign language, these essays display the stunning range of Tammet’s
literary and polyglot talents.
Evolution of Cocoons: a Mother’s
Journey though Her Daughter’s Bipolar and Asperger’s. Janna Vought, $13.95
EVOLUTION OF COCOONS is a firsthand
account of mothering a child who suffers from debilitating mental and
developmental illnesses delivered through a montage of poems and personal
essays. The book offers readers an intimate glimpse into the life of a
family reeling from the effects of such diseases; everyone is brave and
flawed. It is an honest, brutal, introspective, and searching look into a
life corrupted by a child's imbalanced mind and a mother’s search.
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Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: a Young Man's Voice from
the Silence of Autism. Naoki Higashida, Ka Yoshida & David Mitchell,
Naoki Higashida was only thirteen when he wrote The
Reason I Jump, a revelatory account of autism from the inside by a nonverbal
Japanese child, which became an international success.
Now he shares his thoughts and experiences as a
twenty-four-year-old man living each day with severe autism. In short, powerful
chapters, Higashida explores school memories, family relationships, the
exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. He also allows readers
to experience profound moments we take for granted, like the thought-steps
necessary for him to register that it’s raining outside. Acutely aware of how
strange his behavior can appear to others, he aims throughout to foster a
better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with
disabilities as people, not as problems.
With an introduction by bestselling novelist David
Mitchell, Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 also includes a dreamlike short story
Higashida wrote especially for this edition. Both moving and of practical use,
this book opens a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets
every challenge with tenacity and good humor. However often he falls down, he
always gets back up.
Families of Adults with Autism: Stories and Advice for the Next Generation. Edited by Jane Johnson & Anne Van Rensselaer, $19.95
Families of Adults with Autism is a collection of real-life stories of people on the autism spectrum growing up, as told by their parents and siblings. This book will offer practical and heartwarming advice to families who are affected by autism spectrum disorders, and provide insights for professionals working with people with ASDs.
Father’s Day: Across America with an
Unusual Dad and His Extraordinary Son. Buzz
Buzz Bissinger's twin sons were born
three and a half months premature in 1983. They entered life three minutes —
and a world — apart. Gerry, the older one, is a teacher. His brother Zach is a
savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare
talents: an astonishing memory, a dazzling knack for navigation, and a
reflexive honesty which can make him both socially awkward and surprisingly
wise. One summer night, Buzz and Zach hit the road to revisit all the places
they have lived together during Zach's 24 years. Zach revels in his memories,
and Buzz hopes this journey into their shared past will bring them closer and
reveal to him the mysterious workings of his son's mind and heart. With the
help of Zach's twin, Gerry, Buzz learns to see Zach as he truly is — patient,
fearless, perceptive, kind, with a sixth sense for sincerity.
Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding
Asperger's Syndrome. Aaron Likens, $17.00
When he was diagnosed with Asperger's
syndrome at age 20, Aaron Likens began to collect his thoughts and experiences
on paper-the highs, the lows, the challenges, and the unexpected joys. What he
found was hope — not only for himself, but also for others with Asperger's. Now
a sought-after speaker and blogger, he is passionate about sharing his insights
into this often misunderstood condition.
FINDING KANSAS brings us into
Aaron's world and, in the process, offers a richly observed, deeply thoughtful,
and sometimes painful picture of what it's like to live on the autism spectrum.
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Finding Lina: a Mother’s Journey from
Autism to Hope. Helena Hjalmarsson, $29.95
Lina was a precocious toddler charming,
chatty, joyful. At the age of three, in the aftermath of her second MMR
vaccine, first came a seizure, and then, to her parents’ horror, the loss of
Lina’s ability to play, use language, and control her impulses. Over the next
few years they continued to lose Lina. She communicated her acute discomfort by
biting, screaming, hitting, laughing maniacally, and throwing violent tantrums.
As a single mother, with the help of her ex-husband, Helena Hjalmarsson
tirelessly pursued every possible avenue to find a diagnosis, and more
importantly a treatment, for her daughter, and the search continues to this
day. Lina is nine.
Lina, for all her challenges, has much to teach, and Hjalmarsson is a receptive
student: finding joy in moments of connection, learning to live in the present,
taking nothing for granted, accepting what others find unbearable, and finding
a strength and spiritual base for inspiration and healing. Unflinchingly honest
and courageous, FINDING LINA will open the eyes and hearts and minds
of all parents, whether they have a child with autism or not.
Finding Robert: What the Doctors Never Told Us about
Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Hard Lessons We Learned. Robert Stevens
& Catherine Stevens, $23.95
Finding Robert chronicles one family’s journey
through the world of developmental
disorders. It depicts the struggles faced, examines the decisions made, and
thorough analysis of the therapies utilized. Amid sadness and confusion, with
and resolve, Robert and Catherine regained their son and undertook a mission to
the way we look at these conditions.
Fitting In. Colin Thompson, $32.95
"Everything in this book is true. You might think
some things are just too unbelievable or funny or silly to be true, but every
tiny detail really did happen."
Take one small boy; add manic depression, three wives,
three daughters, two divorces, amazing creative talent, and Asperger's
syndrome. In this memoir, Colin Thompson invites you to explore his
almost-unbelievable life from past to present, though not necessarily in that
order. Filled with family photographs and mesmerising illustrations drawn by
the author himself, prepare to step inside the life and mind of an
extraordinary man. If you, or your friends or relations, have ever felt that
you do not fit in this world, then this book will tell you how one person
survived it all.
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Following Ezra. Tom Fields-Meyer, $17.50
The extraordinary story of what one
father learned about Gumby, otters, autism and love from his extraordinary son.
For the Love of Melissa. Rhonda Ellen Shlanger, $19.25
For the Love of Melissa is the story of the remarkable journey of a family, and a young woman, through the world of autism. From an impenetrable wall of silence in the toddler years to life as an entrepreneur and public speaker, the story of Melissa is a story full of love, hope and hard work.
The Game of My Life: a True Story of Challenge, Triumph and Growing Up Autistic. Jason “J-Mac” McElwain, with Daniel Paisner, $26.50
The incredible true story of one high school student's determination to triumph against the challenges of autism-and his opponents on the basketball court...
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God’s Middle Name. Jennifer
Nic has autism. Through the eyes of his mother, we
follow Nic’s family on a ten-year journey from early confusion, to a
life-altering diagnosis, then through anger, depression, denial and finally —
acceptance. Along the way there is a great deal of humour, both in Jennifer’s
approach to parenting, and in Nic’s perception of the world around him.
Using episodic scenes and theatrical flights of fancy,
this play takes an honest look at the challenges of having an autistic child —
but also celebrates the joys of parenthood and pride in a son’s accomplishments.
How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move?
Inside My Autistic Mind. Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, $21.95
When he was three years old, Tito was diagnosed as severely autistic, but his remarkable mother, Soma, determined that he would overcome the “problem” by teaching him to read and write. The result was that between the ages of eight and eleven he wrote stories and poems of exquisite beauty, which Dr. Oliver Sacks called “amazing and shocking,” for it gave the lie to all our assumptions about autism. An astounding new work by the author of The Mind Tree that offers a rare insight into the autistic mind and how it thinks, sees, and reacts to the world.
How to Be a Sister: a Love Story with a Twist of
Autism. Eileen Garvin, $17.95
older sister, Margaret, was diagnosed with severe autism at age three. Growing
up alongside Margaret wasn't easy: Eileen often found herself in situations
that were simultaneously awkward, hilarious, and heartbreaking. HOW TO BE A
SISTER begins when Eileen, after several years in New Mexico, has just moved
back to the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up. Being 1,600 miles away had
allowed Eileen to avoid the question that has dogged her since birth: What is
she going to do about Margaret? Now, Eileen must grapple with this question
once again as she tentatively tries to reconnect with Margaret. What role will
Eileen play in Margaret s life as their parents age, and after they die? A
deeply felt, impeccably written memoir, HOW TO BE A SISTER will speak to
siblings, parents, friends, and teachers of people with autism and to anyone
who sometimes struggles to connect with someone difficult or different.
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Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism's Silent
Prison. Ido Kedar, $19.95
Stuck inside a silent prison for many years. his educators,
therapists, caregivers and family assumed that the symptoms they saw on the
outside — hand flapping, lack of eye contact, social impairment — meant he was
equally impaired cognitively. They assumed he did not understand language,
recognize his parents, or have the intellect of someone beyond three years old.
But they were wrong.
In these essays, young Ido Kedar explains autism from the
inside out, as he learns to express himself and his thoughts and feelings using
a letter board keyboard. A remarkable book, Ido in Autismland is a gift
for anyone interested in the inner lives of people who struggle to communicate.
I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames: My
Insane Life Raising Two Boys with Autism. Jeni
Decker , $29.95
Jeni Decker is five-foot nothing and a
self described roly-poly, forty-something, Reubenesque bon-bon of a gal, often
called cute but never sexy. She has two sons with autism on opposite ends of
the spectrum (Jake and Jaxson), a husband who prefers hunting to household
chores, an Australian Shepherd named Sugar, and an albino frog named Humbert
Humbert. This is her story — a brash, personal, and some-times shocking memoir of
one woman's determination to raise two healthy kids with autism and keep her
sanity in the process. It's not always easy. Between "poop" incidents, temper
tantrums, and the "helpful" advice about parenting from her fellow citizens in
the grocery store, Jeni often finds herself wanting to throw something.
Readers looking for laughter and
inspiration will find it here aplenty, along with tons of surreal anecdotes
that will have you either shaking your head in disbelief (for those
unacquainted with the world of autism) or nodding with recognition (for those
The Journal of Best Practices: a
Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better
Husband. David Finch, $18.99
At some point in nearly every marriage,
a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband? In David
Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married
Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The
diagnosis explains David’s ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, his
lifelong propensity to quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and
his clinical-strength inflexibility. But it doesn’t make him any easier to live
Determined to change, David sets out to
understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband— no easy task for
a guy whose autism-spectrum condition makes seeing his wife’s point of view a
Nevertheless, David devotes himself to
improving his marriage with an endearing yet hilarious zeal that involves
excessive note-taking, performance reviews, and most of all, the Journal of
Best Practices: a collection of hundreds of maxims and hard-won epiphanies that
result from self-reflection both comic and painful. They include “Don’t change
the radio station when she’s singing along,” “Apologies do not count when you
shout them,” and “Be her friend, first and always.” Guided by the Journal of
Best Practices, David transforms himself over the course of two years from the
world’s most trying husband to the husband who tries the hardest, the husband
he’d always meant to be.
Filled with humor and surprising
wisdom, THE JOURNAL OF BEST PRACTICES is a candid story of ruthless
self-improvement, a unique window into living with an autism-spectrum
condition, and proof that a true heart can conquer all.
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Journey with Julian. Dwayne Ballen, $14.00
An award-winning broadcast journalist
shares the story of his family’s journey with autism. This affirming book about
one family’s experiences will strike a chord with parents who are looking for
Just There: a Memoir of Autism and
Family. William Harrington, $19.95
In 1994, William Harrington’s autistic
and cognitively disabled cousin is 45 years old — no longer the little
blond-haired girl he used to see playing with her dolls across the street — and
at 50, he is no longer the little boy who wondered why she was different. Frankie Lou remains in her childhood home, alone, after the death of her
parents. Beset with questions, William is sure of one thing; he doesn’t
want Frankie Lou to live a hermit-like existence. JUST THERE chronicles
the sometimes humorous and sometimes baffling journey traveled by William and
his wife, Maija, and William’s extended family as they attempt to introduce
Frankie Lou to a new life.
Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: a Family Grows Up
with Autism. Liane Kupferberg Carter, $21.95
Meet Mickey — charming, funny, compassionate, and
autistic. In this unflinching portrait of family life, Liane Kupferberg Carter
gives us a mother's insight into what really goes on in the two
decades after diagnosis. From the double-blow of a subsequent epilepsy
diagnosis, to bullying and Bar Mitzvahs, Mickey's struggles and triumphs along
the road to adulthood are honestly detailed to show how one family learned to
grow and thrive with autism.
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Know the Night: a Memoir of Survival in the Small
Hours. Maria Mutch, $28.00
As a baby, Gabriel’s first words and affinity for sign
language enthralled his adoring parents. When these words fell away, and his
medical diagnoses multiplied, Maria Mutch committed herself entirely to her
son’s care. Then, for about two years, Gabe slept very little, drawing mother
and son into a nocturnal existence of almost constant wakefulness. In breathtaking prose, Maria shares the intensely personal challenges and
revelations brought about by this period. As Gabe’s sleeping hours dwindled,
care took place within an isolated, often frightening world, in which Maria’s
desire for connection and meaning expanded. She became fascinated with stories
of Antarctic exploration, and found a companion in Admiral Richard E. Byrd, an
explorer who lived by himself in the polar darkness for months in 1934 and
later wrote about his struggle for survival in a book called Alone.
Reimagining Byrd’s story and interweaving it with her own, Maria illuminates a
search for love, understanding and comfort against the terrors of the unknown
that will resonate with anyone who has lain awake in the dark, or longed to
protect a loved one. KNOW THE NIGHT is a powerful journey into the
mysteries of night-time and the human mind, and a testament to the
extraordinary bond between mother and child.
Life, Animated: a Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and
Autism. Ron Suskind, $16.50
Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to
learn about life, language, and emotion mostly from animated characters dancing
across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? Actually, it’s the real-life
story of Owen Suskind, who is the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Ron Suskind and his irrepressible wife, Cornelia.
Here’s how this survival story begins. Just shy of his
third birthday, a seemingly typical, chatty child became mute. He suddenly
didn’t sleep or eat, and cried inconsolably. His only solace: the Disney
animated movies he loved before the autism struck. But they had changed,
too — they’d become gibberish, because the boy’s ability to understand speech had
also vanished. So he memorized them, dozens of them, based on sound alone. What
follows are a series of startling breakthroughs, as, for years, the family
began to communicate with their lost son in movie dialogue. Recite one line,
he’d look you in the eye and recite the next. But was he understanding?
His parents dove down “Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit
hole,” as one autism specialist said, “to rescue a child.” But it soon became
unclear who rescued whom, as they and their older son, Walt, literally had to
become animated characters, forced to contemplate the deepest meanings of
iconic myths — the stories people have long told themselves to make their way in
the world — just to keep up. Because a startling truth began to take shape across
a frenetic, harrowing, raucous decade: in the land of imagination, a “left
behind” boy, murmuring under his breath, was king. The creator of worlds. In
fact, their young son had invented a language to express love and loss, the
bonds between brothers, the nature of beauty, and the true meaning of the words
“happily ever after.”
At its core, this brilliantly crafted narrative — written
by the father, but shaped by his wife and children — isn’t about autism or
Disney, though you’ll never view either one quite the same, again. It’s the
story of a family’s resilience when their world is turned upside down. It’s
about perseverance and hope.
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Life at the Edge and Beyond: Living with ADHD and Asperger Syndrome. Jan Greenman, $19.95
Parenting a child with Asperger syndrome is never easy, and adding ADHD to the psychological mix makes life even more difficult. In this searingly honest account of bringing up her son, Luke, Jan Greenman challenges many common perceptions of a 'life with labels'.
Writing frankly about the medical issues of Luke's early years, Jan recalls how Luke's diagnoses came about, and how life at The Edge, their aptly named family home, changed as a result. She describes the causes and effects of the behaviours associated with Luke's conditions, and the impact they had on each family member, including his younger sister, Abbi. The book includes tips and advice from Jan, Abbi, and Luke himself, and the final chapters go beyond Luke's early years to look at his life as a teenager — his solo trip to Dubai, and subsequent encounter with customs, his expulsion from school, and the inspirational Headteacher who helped him to turn his life around.
A Lifetime of Laughing and Loving
with Autism: New and Revisited Stories That Will Warm and Inspire You. Compiled by R. Wayne Gilpin, $15.95
This book will warm your heart and
tickle your funny bone! If you know and love a child with autism, you will nod
and smile as you read these all-too-familiar anecdotes — the unorthodox adherence
to a rule, the social faux pas at the dinner table, the untimely but poignant
outburst in the classroom, and many more! A collection of uplifting, humorous
stories from parents and educators all over the world, this book soulfully
communicates the unique qualities that individuals with autism bring to our
lives — steadfast determination, unfailing honesty, selfless kindness, seemingly
ageless wisdom-and reminds the rest of us that we have a lot to learn!
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s. John Elder Robison, $22.00; CD Audio version, $37.95 (5 compact discs, 6 hours)
Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” No guidance came from his mother, who conversed with light fixtures, or his father, who spent evenings pickling himself in sherry. It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself—and the world.
Look Me in the Eye is the moving, darkly funny story of growing up with Asperger’s at a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist. He also provides a fascinating reverse angle on the younger brother he left at the mercy of their nutty parents — the boy who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs and write the bestselling memoir Running With Scissors.
Ultimately, this is the story of Robison’s journey from his world into ours, and his new life as a husband, father, and successful small business owner — repairing his beloved high-end automobiles. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account — sometimes alien, yet always deeply human.
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Living and Learning Outside the Box: a Mother's Quest
to Overcome Her Son's Neurodevelopmental Difficulties. Joanne Sinclair,
When Joanne Sinclair's son Andrew was young, he displayed
numerous deficits and difficulties including issues with respect to motor
development and neurodevelopment, his visual and auditory functions and muscle
tone. Although he demonstrated in many ways that he was highly intelligent, his
ability to learn was severely impacted and he was not expected to continue to
learn within a regular classroom beyond grade four. In spite of having an
excellent vocabulary, his expressive output and social skills were
significantly affected. This is the story of the challenges to understand what
had caused this bleak scenario and, more importantly, what could be done to
improve his ability to function and thereby alter his prognosis.
Living In Two Worlds: On Being a Social Chameleon with
Asperger's. Dylan Emmons, $25.95
Dylan Emmons tells the story of his childhood on the
autism spectrum — a childhood filled with daily social and sensory challenges.
Revealing his attempts to be a social chameleon and blend in with his
neurotypical peers, this memoir brings his experiences alive and offers helpful
insights into the actions and feelings of children on the spectrum.
Louder Than Words: a Mother's Journey in Healing Autism. Jenny McCarthy, $15.50
One morning, Jenny McCarthy was having a cup of coffee when she sensed something was wrong. She ran into her two-year-old son Evan’s room and found him seizing. In that moment, Jenny went from being the mother of an average toddler to being in the midst of a medical odyssey. Doctor after doctor misdiagnosed Evan until — after many harrowing, life-threatening episodes later — one amazing doctor discovered that Evan is autistic.
Though Evan finally had a diagnosis, Jenny didn’t know what to do next and she soon found herself alone without any resources except for her determination to help her son. Her story shares the frustrations and joys of raising an autistic child and shows how with love and determination a parent can shape their child’s life and happiness.”
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Loving the Tasmanian Devil: Reflections on Marriage and Asperger Syndrome. Edited Maureen McCarthy Bartlett, $20.50
In this charming and well-written book, the author combines research on autism spectrum disorders and her vast knowledge of literature, pop music, and philosophy with accounts of daily life on a large dairy farm with three sons and a husband with an ASD. In sharing the ups, the downs, the growth, and the regression in their particular AS-NT journey, the author hopes that others on a similar path may find humor, recognition, and ways to view the unique life of loving an Aspergian from a new angle.
Making Peace with Autism: One Family's Story of Struggle, Discovery and Unexpected Gifts. Susan Senator, $18.95
In this insightful narrative, a courageous and inspiring mother explains why a diagnosis of autism doesn't have to shatter a family's dreams of happiness. Senator offers the hard-won, in-the-trenches wisdom of someone who's been there and is still there today — and she demonstrates how families can find courage, contentment, and connection in the shadow of autism. In Making Peace with Autism, Susan Senator describes her own journey raising a child with a severe autism spectrum disorder, along with two other typically developing boys. Without offering a miracle treatment or cure, Senator offers valuable strategies for coping successfully with the daily struggles of life with an autistic child. Along the way she models the combination of stamina and courage, openness and humor that has helped her family to survive — and even to thrive.
María and Me: a Father, a Daughter (and Autism). María
Gallardo & Miguel Gallardo, $21.95
Giving a father's insight into life with his daughter
Maria, aged 12, who has autism, this comic tells the story of their week
holiday in the Canary Islands, Spain. Delightful illustrations and dialogue
between father and daughter show the day-to-day challenges that people with
autism and their carers face, and how Miguel and Maria overcome them. Funny and
endearing, this graphic storybook helps to show how Maria sees and experiences
the world in her own way and that she's unique, just like everyone else.
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Mikey and Me: Life with My Exceptional Sister.
Teresa Sullivan, $21.95
When Mikey is young, the Sullivans are a closely knit
unit, all of them devoted to caring for her. But as Mikey grows older, she also
grows increasingly violent. By the time she's twelve, institutionalization is
the only available option — and without the shared purpose of caring for Mikey,
the family begins to unravel. As her family falls apart, Teresa searches for
relief and connection during a time of sweeping cultural change. Lacking
maturity or guidance, she makes choices that lead her down a sometimes-perilous
path. But regardless of the circumstances at home and the tumult in their
individual lives, the Sullivans are united in their love and concern for Mikey.
In Mikey and Me, Teresa interweaves her
exceptional sister's journey with her own, affirming the grace and brutality of
Mikey's life, and its indelible effect on her family. Unflinching and
insightful, this is a deep exploration of the relationship between two
sisters — one blind, with profound developmental disabilities, unable to voice
her own story, and the other with the heart and understanding to express it
exquisitely for her.
The Mind Tree: a Miraculous Child Breaks the Silence of Autism. Tito Mukhopadhyay, $17.95
Eloquent. Philosophical. Introspective. These are not the words usually associated with an autistic child. But in a remarkable display of courage and creativity, a boy named Tito has shattered stereotypes, and in THE MIND TREE makes us question all of our previous assumptions about autism.
Miracle Run: Watching My Autistic Sons Grow Up and Take Their First Steps Into Adulthood. Corrine Morgan-Thomas, with Gary Brozek, $16.50
Miracle Run is the poignant memoir of a single mother raising four children — two of whom have autism.
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Mitchell’s Story: Living with
Cerebral Palsy. Jeff Parkin & Lynda Thompson,
This is the story of one family’s
struggle to give their son as normal a life as possible — and the rewards they
found along the way.
Next Stop: a Memoir of Family. Glen Finland, $27.50
The summer David Finland was twenty-one,
he and his mother rode the Washington, D.C., metro trains. Every day. The goal
was that if David could learn the train lines, maybe David could get a job. And
then maybe he could move out on his own. And then maybe his parents' marriage
could get the jump-start it craved. Maybe.
NEXT STOP is a candid portrait of a
differently-abled young man poised at the entry to adulthood. It recounts the
complex relationship between a child with autism and his family, as he steps
out into the real world alone for the first time, and how his autism affects
everyone who loves him. It is the universal story of how children grow up and
parents learn to let go — no matter how difficult it may be for both of them.
Not Even Wrong: a Father's Journey Into The Lost History Of Autism. Paul Collins, $20.95
In Not Even Wrong, Paul Collins melds a memoir of his son's autism with a journey into this realm of permanent outsiders. Examining forgotten geniuses and obscure medical archives, and beginning to see why he himself has spent a lifetime researching talented eccentrics, Collins shows how these stories are relevant and even necessary to shed light on autism.
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Not My Boy! A Father, a Son and One Family’s Journey with Autism. Rodney Peete, $32.99
Rodney Peete offers not only a heartrending, candid look inside his personal journey with his son’s autism but a first-of-its-kind, inspirational road map that will help families facing similar challenges to move forward. Effectively woven throughout Peete’s moving account of his life with his son R.J. are the powerful voices, insights, and dreams of other fathers, high-profile figures as well as unsung heroes, who’ve traveled this difficult path.
A Pony in the Bedroom. Susan Dunne, $22.95
Susan Dunne's life changed forever when a chance question
from a doctor led her back to horses, an unfulfilled childhood passion.
Detached and isolated due to undiagnosed autism, Susan had already survived
rape, battled eating disorders and self-harm, and spent time homeless, when her
world was turned upside again by a vicious, life-threatening assault. Severe
post-traumatic stress disorder left her feeling distrustful and more cut off
than ever before from a world she saw as confusing and dangerous. But as
Susan's connection with horses grew stronger, her world started to open
up. Poignant and witty by turns, Susan shares her story of survival and
transformation, offering a rare insight into her relationship with horses, and
how they helped her to find a safe place in the world.
Raising Cubby: a Father and Son’s Adventures with
Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives. John Elder Robison, $21.00
Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a
model child, and he wasn’t a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger’s
syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic
puzzles and practical jokes. When his son, Cubby, asked, “Where did I come
from?” John said he’d bought him at the Kid Store and that the salesman had
cheated him by promising Cubby would “do all chores.” He read electrical
engineering manuals to Cubby at bedtime. He told Cubby that wizards turned
children into stone when they misbehaved.
Still, John got the basics right. The one thing John
couldn’t figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby
was dumb and stubborn — the very same thing he had been told as a
child. Did Cubby have Asperger’s too? The answer was unclear. One
thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had
become a brilliant chemist — smart enough to make military-grade explosives and
bring state and federal agents calling. Afterward, with Cubby facing up to
sixty years in prison, both father and son were forced to take stock of their
lives, finally coming to terms with being “on the spectrum” as both a challenge
and a unique gift.
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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of
a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism. Naoki
Higashida, Ka Yoshida & David Mitchell, $19.95
Naoki Higashida was only a
middle-schooler when he began to write THE REASON I JUMP. Autistic and with
very low verbal fluency, Naoki used an alphabet grid to painstakingly spell out
his answers to the questions he imagines others most often wonder about him:
why do you talk so loud? Is it true you hate being touched? Would you like to
be normal? The result is an inspiring, attitude-transforming book that will be
embraced by anyone interested in understanding their fellow human beings, and
by parents, caregivers, teachers, and friends of autistic children. Naoki
examines issues as diverse and complex as self-harm, perceptions of time and
beauty, and the challenges of communication, and in doing so, discredits the
popular belief that autistic people are anti-social loners who lack
This book is mesmerizing proof that inside an autistic body is a mind as
subtle, curious, and caring as anyone else's.
Sam & Chester: How a Mischievous Pig Transformed
the Life of My Autistic Son. Jo Bailey, $16.99
When Sam Bailey-Merritt was just two years old, almost
overnight he lost the ability to communicate or function. His mother, Jo, was
at a loss as to what to do as she saw her son grow increasingly isolated and
begin to suffer from uncontrollable meltdowns. Eventually, Sam was diagnosed
with autism. Sam's condition continued to worsen and, just when Jo had all but
given up hope of being able to help him, the family went on a day trip to a
nearby miniature pig farm. Sam immediately bonded with a tiny ginger piglet
called Chester, who stood sad and alone, apart from the rest of the litter. The
connection between the boy and the animal was immediate and their unusual
friendship blossomed from the moment the family brought Chester home. The tiny
pig refused to leave Sam's side
— it was as if he knew that Sam needed a
friend. And, for the first time in five years, Jo saw her son really laugh.
Sam and Chester is the heart-warming story of how
a teacup-sized ginger pig helped to transform the life of a boy with autism. It
is the emotional story of a mother's fight to win back her son.
Seeing Ezra. Kerry
A mother's story of autism,
unconditional love and the meaning of normal.
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Send In the Idiots: Stories From the Other Side of Autism. Kamran Nazeer, $16.95
In 1982, when he was four years old, Kamran Nazeer was enrolled in a small school in New York City alongside a dozen other children diagnosed with autism. These kids received care that was at the cutting edge of developmental psychology. Twenty-three years later, the school no longer exists. Send in the Idiots is the always candid, often surprising and ultimately moving investigation into what happened to those children. The book is also a rare and provocative exploration of the way that people — all people — learn to think and feel.
Shorts: Stories about Alcohol, Asperger Syndrome, and
God. Tessie Regan, $15.95
Blunt, witty and honest, Tess Regan's collection of short
stories, poems and illustrations tell a personal tale of alcoholism, Asperger's
syndrome and an unusual spiritual journey. They will be invaluable reading for
anyone on the autism spectrum dealing with alcoholism or mental illness, their
friends, family and the associated professionals.
Siblings and Autism: Stories Spanning Generations and Cultures. Edited by Debra Cumberland & Bruce Mills, $24.95
In this moving collection of beautifully-written personal accounts, siblings from a variety of backgrounds, and in different circumstances, share their experiences of growing up with a brother or sister with autism. Despite their many differences, their stories show that certain things are common to the "sibling experience": the emotional terrain of looking on or being overlooked; the confusion of accommodating resentment, love, and helplessness; and above all the yearning to connect across neurological difference.
The Spark: a Mother’s Story of
Nurturing Genius. Kristine Barnett, $29.95
The extraordinary memoir of a mother's
love, commitment and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed
with severe autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius — and how
any parent can help their child find their spark. Today, at 13, Jacob is a paid
researcher in quantum physics, working on extending Einstein's theory of
relativity. Diagnosed at 1 with severe autism, at 3 he was assigned to
life-skills classes and his parents were told to adjust their expectations. The
goal: tying his own shoes at 16. Kristine's belief in the power of hope and the
dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn to
fuel a child's true potential changed everything.
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Stand Up for Autism: a Boy, a Dog and a Prescription for Laughter. Georgina Derbyshire, $15.95
Few books on autism take the time to celebrate the love and the laughter an autistic child can elicit as this delightful memoir. Warm, honest and funny, Georgina Derbyshire shares and rejoices in the ‘slightly different’ childhood of her son Bobby.
Switched On: a Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional
Awakening. John Elder Robinson, $36.00
It has long been assumed that people living with autism
are born with the diminished ability to read the emotions of others, even as
they feel emotion deeply. But what if we’ve been wrong all this time? What if
that “missing” emotional insight was there all along, locked away and
inaccessible in the mind?
In 2007 John Elder Robison wrote the international
bestseller Look Me in the Eye, a memoir about growing up with Asperger’s
syndrome. Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, he received a unique
invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world’s
foremost neuroscientists, who would use an experimental new brain therapy known
as TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, in an effort to understand and
then address the issues at the heart of autism? Switched On is the
extraordinary story of what happened next.
Having spent forty years as a social outcast, misreading
others’ emotions or missing them completely, John is suddenly able to sense a
powerful range of feelings in other people. However, this newfound insight
brings unforeseen problems and serious questions. As the emotional ground
shifts beneath his feet, John struggles with the very real possibility that
choosing to diminish his disability might also mean sacrificing his unique
gifts and even some of his closest relationships. Switched On is a real-life Flowers for Algernon, a fascinating and intimate window into what it means to
be neurologically different, and what happens when the world as you know it is
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Temple Grandin. HBO Films,
$19.95 (110 minutes)
Based on the writings by its title subject, HBO Films’ Temple Grandin is an engaging portrait of an autistic young woman who became, through timely mentoring and sheer force of will, one of America’s most remarkable success stories. With a tour de force performance by Claire Danes in the title role, the film chronicles Grandin’s early beginnings as a child diagnosed with autism; her turbulent growth and development during her school years; and the enduring support she received from her mother, her aunt and her science teacher. Against all odds, Temple eventually transitioned into a highly-functional, esteemed inventor in the cattle industry, which she revolutionized with her scientific research and designs.
This visually inventive film offers stunning insights into Grandin’s world, taking the audience inside her mind with a series of snapshot images that trace her self-perceptions and journey from childhood through young adulthood to the beginning of her career, and beyond.
Temple Grandin: How
the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World. Sy
Montgomery, $22.99 (ages 10 +)
When Temple Grandin was born, her
parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with
autism. While Temple's doctor recommended a hospital, her mother
believed in her. Temple went to school instead. Today, Dr. Temple
Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State
University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As
an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique
contributions that autistic people can make.
This compelling biography complete with Temple's personal photos takes us
inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of
The ‘Thinking Moms’ Revolution:
Autism Beyond the Spectrum. Helen Conroy & Lisa
Joyce Goes, $29.95
The Thinking Moms’ Revolution (TMR) is a
group of 24 parents from Montana to Malaysia who all have children with
developmental disabilities. Initially collaborating online about therapies,
biomedical intervention, alternative medicine, special diets, and doctors on
the cutting edge of treatment approaches to an array of chronic and
developmental disabilities, such as autism, sensory processing disorders, food
allergies, ADHD, asthma, and seizures, they've come together into
something far more substantial. Suspecting that some of the main causes
may be overused medicines, vaccinations, environmental toxins, and processed
foods, they began a mission to help reverse the effects. In the process, they
became a tight-knit family dedicated to helping their kids shed their
Here, collected by Helen Conroy and Lisa
Joyce Goes, are the stories of their fights to recover their kids from autism
and related disorders. With each chapter written by a different TMR member,
they share how they discovered each other, what they learned from each other,
and why it’s important to have close friends who understand what it's like to
parent a child with special needs. You'll read about their experiences, and
learn how their determination and friendships have become a daily motivation
for parents worldwide.
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A Thorn in My Pocket: Temple Grandin's
Mother Tells the Family Story. Eustacia Cutler, $28.95
Temple Grandin's mother, Eustacia Cutler, raised Temple at a time when her child's condition was classified as "infant schizophrenia," brought on by "frigid mothering." The common remedy at the time was institutionalization, but instead, this young mother fought to give her oldest child a chance at life. A Thorn in My Pocket is a vivid, honest story that reaches out to a much larger community than the one directly affected by autism.
Toby and Sox: the Heartwarming Tale of a Little Boy
with Autism and a Dog in a Million. Vikky Turner, $15.95
When Toby Turner was excluded from school for the third
time for hitting and kicking his teachers, his family hit rock bottom. Toby,
who has autism, felt so upset by his own aggression, he told his parents they
would be better off without him. Terrified, Toby’s mum gave up her job as a
school nurse to teach him at home while they found a place for him in a special
school. Eventually, the only way the family could get Toby out of the house was
by giving him headphones, sunglasses and a cap to block out the world.
After a difficult few years, the family was thrown a
lifeline by the charity Dogs for Good, which introduced Toby to Sox. The
adorable three-year-old Labrador Retriever was trained by the charity to help
children with autism. Within two weeks, he had turned Toby’s life around.
Together, as a family unit, and with Sox by their side, the Turners have
learned to enjoy life again.
Transitioning Together: One Couple's Journey of Gender
and Identity Discovery. Wenn & Beatrice Lawson, $24.95
This is the story of a long-lasting relationship,
surviving against the odds. It is the story of Wenn and Beatrice Lawson, born
almost twelve years apart in different countries with different cultures, who
were both assigned female at birth. After nineteen years of marriage and four
children, Wenn entered a same-sex relationship with Beatrice. Little did
Beatrice know that twenty-two years later, Wenn would transition from female to
male. This unique and honest memoir tells the story of Wenn's transition and
Beatrice's journey alongside him.
Co-written by Wenn and Beatrice, who are both on the
autism spectrum, this book offers a rare insight into an older couple's
experience of transition, with particular emphasis on how Beatrice really felt
about the changes. Without holding back, they tell the true story of the
conflicts, challenges and growing celebration and joy that can arise from
transitioning together as a couple.
TWIN: a Memoir. Allen Shawn, $16.00
As Allen Shawn probed the sources of his
anxieties while writing the acclaimed Wish I Could Be There, he realized that
his fate was inextricably linked to his autistic twin sister Mary, who has
lived in a residency center for more than fifty years. TWIN offers a deeply
personal account of their divergent lives, and examines society's changing
attitudes toward and understanding of autism. It also provides an intimate look
at the Shawns' idiosyncratic family life with their father, the famed longtime
editor of The New Yorker, William Shawn. Wrenching, honest, understated, and
poetic, TWIN is at heart about the mystery of being profoundly bonded to
someone who can never be truly understood.
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Unclouded by Longing: Meditations on Autism and Being
Present in an Overwhelming World. Christopher Goodchild, $19.95
In this collection of short, contemplative, enlightening
reflections, spiritual teacher and Quaker Christopher Goodchild, inspired by
his own experiences, guides you through his spiritual and philosophical journey
to his truest and most peaceful self. Written from a 'soul' perspective, the
book reveals how, by looking beyond vulnerability to see innate strength, and
searching beyond pain and turmoil to find peace and serenity, anyone can affirm
their true humanity despite the hardships and distractions of modern life.
Christopher's compassionate route through difficulties,
doubt, grief and fear is marked with dynamic tenderness and an artful embrace
of abundant sources of wisdom. Spirituality, psychology and philosophy are
seamlessly woven together in an inclusive Quaker context, led by the common
values of love and forgiveness. In a world increasingly weighed down with the
baggage of the self, this book will speak to anyone searching for a more
clear-sighted, meaningful presence in the eternal universe.
An Unexpected Life: a Mother and Son's Story of Love, Determination, Autism and Art. Debra
Diagnosed with severe autism as a
toddler, Seth Chwast seemed trapped in his own insular universe. His family
endured anguish, sought countless therapies, and almost gave up hope. Then, at
age 20, Seth took a painting class, and everything changed. Miraculously, he
revealed an innate ability to create amazing artworks that reflect his own
unique perspective and gave him a voice he had never had.
Written by Seth's mother, Debra, AN UNEXPECTED LIFE tells the story of
their long difficult path, and her determination to help her son. Although Seth
cannot safely cross the street alone, he is an icon for anyone who has been in
a hopeless situation and then triumphs. More than simply a memoir, this visually
breathtaking volume is infused with hope, inspiration, and art.
Seth Chwast's unique works of art
reflect his vision of the world. He has exhibited at Penn State College of
Medicine, University Hospitals of Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Clinic,
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the United Nations. His enormous mural
Manhattan Floating decorates the lobby of the Time Equities building in NYC.
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Unlocked: a Family Emerging from the Shadows of Autism.
Susan Levin, $38.99
Unlocked begins with a vivid depiction of the
author’s life with her autistic son, Ben. Feelings of isolation, self-hate, and
even moments of hatred toward her own child in response to his behaviors, as
well as the impact on her marriage and younger daughter, impel her to seek
solutions for his condition. Through years of trial and error, Susan eventually
discovers methods that bring about radical improvement in Ben.
The story, however, is not just about Ben, but also addresses Susan’s own
spiritual and psychological struggles — and ultimate transformation — as she and
her husband watch Ben go in and out of autism. Through years of intermittent
progress and frustrating “steps backwards,” Susan learns that loving Ben means
embracing him as he is, day by day, rather than waiting to love him fully “one
day when he is cured.”
Told largely through anecdote, Unlocked is, by turns,
heart-wrenching and joyful, hopeful and doubt-laden. As we follow young Ben’s
exploits into a new social world, our own hearts break as he stumbles, but
finally soar as he achieves his dream: genuine, caring, and reciprocal
relationships with his peers.
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive
Developmental Disorder: a Mother's Story of Research and Discovery. Karyn
nineteen-month-old son, Miles, was diagnosed with autism, Karyn Seroussi, a
writer, and her husband, a scientist, fought back with the only weapons at
their disposal: love and research. Consulting medical papers, surfing the Web,
and networking with other parents, they traced the onset of their son’s
problems to an immune system breakdown. His digestive system was unable to
break down certain proteins, which in turn led to abnormal brain development.
So Karyn and her husband got to work — Karyn implementing their program at home
while her husband tested his theories at the scientific lab where he worked.
This book is an inspiring and riveting chronicle of how one
couple empowered themselves to challenge the medical establishment that
promised no hope — and found ways to help their child. Here are the explanations and treatments they so
carefully researched and discovered, a wealth of crucial tools and hands-on
information that offer ideas other parents can use to impact and reverse the
effects of autism and PDD, including step-by-step instructions for the removal
of dairy and gluten from the diet, special recipes, and an explanation of the
roles of the key players in autism research.
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Walker Finds a Way: Running Into the Adult World with
Autism. Robert Hughes, $29.95
Most people would describe Walker Hughes as warm,
enthusiastic and charismatic - even if he doesn't say very much. But after
several happy years living in a group home, Walker descended into a deep
unhappiness, and his parents were told that their son with low-functioning
autism was 'unmanageable' and a danger to others. Where did it all go wrong?
Battling miscommunication, misinterpreted behaviour and a
lack of appropriate services, Walker and his parents' resilience shines
through, providing a much-needed portrayal about what life is like for adults
with low-functioning autism, and how we can understand the complex
personalities of people with communication difficulties.
The Way I See It: a Personal Look at Autism &
Asperger's, Revised & Expanded Collector's Edition. Temple Grandin, $27.95
The collector’s edition of
this best-selling book contains revisions based on the most current
research on the autistic brain and therapies. As well as expanding and, in some
cases, significantly updating the content, the book includes 12 new chapters.
In this highly anticipated revised and expanded edition, Dr. Grandin gets down
to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and
individuals on the spectrum face every day:
- How and Why People with Autism Think Differently
- Economical Early Intervention Programs tha
- Behaviors Caused by a Disability vs. Just Bad Behaviors
- Alternative Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine
- Improving Time Management and Organizational Skills
- Which School is Best for My Child with ASD?
- Teaching Turn Taking and the Ability to Wait
- Get Out and Experience Life!
- Why Do Kids with Autism Stim?
- Teens with ASD Must Learn Both Social and Work Skills to Keep
What Time is the 9:20 Bus? A Journey to a Meaningful
Life, Disability and All. Lucinda Hage, $20.00
This is the story of Paul, a boy with an intellectual
disability, his journey through life and how he achieved independence — in
spite of the odds. The book chronicles his successful, and often harrowing,
transition through adolescence to adulthood and a good life in his
The reader cheers for Paul as he struggles to take his
rightful place in society, and for his mother as she works ceaselessly to make
that possible. At the end of the book, it is nothing less than miraculous that
Paul, at 28, is living in his own apartment, with a job. Along the way, Lucinda
Hage, the author and Paul’s mother, shares her extensive reading and her
thoughtful insights into the medical and educational systems, and other forces
that keep those who are different, apart and down. With painful honesty, she
also allows us to follow the journey of a mother who has fought so hard for her
son that when the time comes to let him go, that release is a struggle as hard
as any other.
Parents whose children live with a disability are plagued
by the question, “What will happen to my son or daughter when they leave high
school, or when I am no longer able to look after them?” Paul’s story gives
the reader hope, ideas, and an example of what is possible when individuals
with different abilities are given a chance.
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When Herscue Met Jomphrey and Other Tales from an
Aspie Marriage. Herscue Bergenstreiml, $22.95
When the author met her future husband, she was instantly
charmed by his intensity, wacky conversation choices, and innate desire to
create peculiar names. Seventeen years, one wedding, one baby and several
adopted names later, it began to dawn on 'Herscue' that family jokes about her
husband having Asperger's Syndrome may be closer to the truth than she had
Filled with moving and hilarious tales, one of which provides the origins of
the author and her husband's adopted names, Herscue and Jomphrey, and their
even stranger pronunciations, this personal account grapples with the highs and
lows of a 25-year marriage to an Aspie husband.
The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life from an Uncommon Child. Daniel Gotlieb, $24.95
The Wisdom of Sam is the extraordinary story of the interaction between a grandfather who is quadriplegic and a grandson who is autistic as they share their discoveries about empathy, compassion, courage, happiness, and the power of laughter.
on the Spectrum: How Autism and Asperger Syndrome Have Influenced
Literary Writing. Julie
From Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale characters to Lewis Carroll's Wonderland and Emily Dickinson's poetic imagery, the writings and lives of some of the world's most celebrated authors indicate signs of autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Through analysis of biographies, autobiographies, letters and diaries, Professor Julie Brown identifies literary talents who display characteristics of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and uncovers the similarities in their writing that suggest atypical, autistic brains.
Providing close readings of authors' works, Brown explores writing processes, content, theme, structure and writing style to reveal the underlying autistic traits that have influenced their writing. The book provides an overview of ASD and common threads in autistic writing followed by an illuminating exploration of how these threads are evident in the literature of both well-known and lesser known authors.
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