Friday, April 11, 2014

Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism

Carly's Voice: Breaking Through AutismCarly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur Fleischmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I originally connected through this through a video of Carly on Youtube. With a 5 year old son with Autism(non-verbal) I was extremely interested. On one side of the story it is both inspiring and amusing and heartwarming. Although it comes at a cost of a lot of frustration, time and money. Much of the first half is of Arthur's point of view of a parent coping and battling Autism and other issues Carly has. They had to deal Canadian health care and education system to assist. The second half we see Carly blossoming after her break through. She is more intelligent and witty than anyone imagined. It's a wonderful picture inside the mind of someone with Autism. I myself often wonder what's inside the head of my giggling non-verbal son. I know someone is in there but would love to reach them.

One thing that bothered me was the undertone of complaining about assistance from the system. I had to wonder how it was the afforded a nanny and usually a therapist or two in tow most of the time. Once maybe they described they were upper-middle class. This can be discouraging cause most kids I imagine can't afford an entourage to assist them. One has to wonder whether Arthur appreciates what he had. No doubt it's not easy as I can understand.

I do recommend this book as for it does give hope and helps to understand the mind going inside an Autistic person.

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