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  1. It does sound really interesting and reminds me of other books about kids with autism whose parents really fought for them (Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet- the author is also a genius/savant and Temple Grandin’s books come to mind).

    Without having read it yet, I can’t say if this criticism is accurate but I’ve heard the criticism that this book could be read as a “follow my plan and cure autism” which I think for parents of kids with autism can be frustrating. When I looked it up on Amazon after reading and being intrigued by your Wednesday Words post I saw a lot of comments to that effect.

    • Amy

      Alice,
      I can see how people might feel that way, especially if coping with autism is their daily lot in life. I never felt like Barnett was offering a “cure,” and in fact, she says that Jacob is still autistic, etc., in the book. I can see how it might affect those with autistic children that way, though. The thing that I found frustrating (maybe not quite the right word) is just HOW MUCH WORK she did without the slightest indication of how she managed to “do it all.” I realize that this book is retrospective, so much of those details were probably lost to memory, but as a mom in the trenches right now, it made me feel a little bit more overwhelmed to realize all the work she did with no mention of exhaustion, etc.
      What I love most about it is just how fascinating it is–the human mind is amazing! Also, I love how she briefly brings the whole experience into the realm of those of us with typical children in that we can also emphasize their interests and passions.

  2. This sounds so interesting and even though I don’t and never did homeschool, nor do I have an autistic child, I worked with all sorts of disabilities, including autism, within the school district before I had children. It was my passion back then. It’s going on the library list!

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