Monthly Book Recommendation: Carly’s Voice

Monthly Book Recommendation:

Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism

Written by: Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann

I could not more highly recommend a book. This is a true story about a girl (now woman) named Carly who is on the autism spectrum and is nonverbal. I see this book as two separate stories:

  • the parents’ story (including Carly’s teachers)
  • Carly’s story

I am particularly drawn to books about autism that are told from the perspective of family members, and especially from the person with autism her/himself.

Carly learns to type at the age of ten, and is finally able to express her needs/wants–and witty personality (not a spoiler–it’s on the back cover of the book). One is able to read a first-hand account explaining many of the behaviors Carly exhibits and how it feels to be Carly with autism. It is significant, because this is all from a person who was presumed to have low intellectual functioning.

If you read this book, you will grow in both compassion and understanding. It is excellent.

Monthly Book/Movie Recommendation: Thinking in Pictures and Temple Grandin

Currently in the United States, 1 in 88 children will be born on the autism spectrum. It is almost five times more prevalent in boys; 1 in 54 boys will be born on the spectrum.

With that said, I think it is very important for people to understand autism. I highly recommend the book, Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Dr. Grandin is an animal scientist who has designed over one-third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She tells her fascinating story of what it is like to be autistic, how she thinks in pictures, and the struggles she has had to overcome.

There is also a movie based on her life that I couldn’t more highly recommend. It is called, Temple Grandin, staring Claire Danes. It is excellent–one of my all time favorite movies.