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Posted by Elyse Draper on January 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Voices of Autism

  • From School Library Journal Adult/High School–This is a rich collection of essays not only by those who have been diagnosed with conditions along the autism spectrum, but also by their parents, siblings, teachers, caregivers, and doctors as well. In An Aspies Guide to Everyone Else, a teen who has Aspergers syndrome attempts to explain the differences between him and those he calls neurotypicals or NTs. Another boy opens The Price of Talk with these words: My name is Michael. I am 14, and I have autism. Some say that I am nonverbal, but I can communicate…. Not being able to talk is very frustrating. My mind knows what I want to say but my lips, tongue, and breath cant make it happen. In My Special Brothers, a 13-year-old girl writes, I think it is the coolest thing to have brothers with autism. Anyone can learn a lot from them; I have. In The Reward, a parent with autistic twins says, …I learned that until you are confronted with severely life-changing situations, you can never know the extent of your capacity to love. For teens whose lives have been touched by this baffling condition, and even for those who just want to better understand it, this book is an invaluable resource.–Pat Bangs, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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  • "This work showcases how families and caregivers measure perseverance, understanding, and success . . . [the stories] paint a rich landscape that many will find familiar. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

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