So, this is a follow up to my first post on Recommended Reading. There are sooo many books out there – some are absolute crap – but others really helpful. In fact, there should probably be another post on what not to read. I find that the ones that tell us what it’s like to be inside an autistic’s brain to be the most helpful. Here are my other Top 5 (to finish the Top 10 list – because nobody does a Top 5 list….)
- Carly’s Voice – Breaking Through Autism – by Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann – This young girl is a twin and is non-verbal. With help from her therapists and the world which was opened up with a computer, she is able to communicate what it’s like to be her. She also writes a blog, which you can find at carlysvoice.com.
- look me in the eye – my life with asperger’s – by John Elder Robison – This guy did not find out he had Asperger’s until he was 40. He dropped out of school, and worked with KISS – he developed their fire-breathing guitars. He has a dark sense of humour, and it is fascinating to read his story. Mr. Robison also wrote a subsequent book called be different – Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian.
- the curious incident of the dog in the night-time – by Mark Haddon – I’m sure practically everyone has read this book; but if you haven’t, it strives to solve a mystery as told by a young autistic man. Mr. Haddon worked with autistic people, and he really “gets” it. The story is also very funny – at least I thought it was – but then, I recognized a lot of the idiosyncrasies.
- There are 2 books by Gabor Mate, M.D. that I thought were fascinating. Although they don’t deal directly with autism, they do capture what it’s like to be on the fringe of society. They are: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, and Scattered Minds – A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder.
- Being the Other One: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister Who Has Special Needs by Kate Strohm. Siblings of the disabled face particular emotional challenges that are often overlooked. The author conducts extensive interviews with siblings of all ages. This particular topic is obviously worth a blog post – more to come on that….
So – that’s it – for now…