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A Different Kind of Boy: A Father's Memoir on Raising a Gifted Child With Autism Paperback – December 15, 2001
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This first-time author displays a strong, clear writing voice, particularly in the last two-thirds of the book, when it seemed like he really locked into a narrative comfort zone that made the book flow extremely well, not to mention impossible to put down. His use of snippets of quoted dialog throughout the book is particularly striking and effective.
Perhaps more important, the book opens up and explains the world of autism in a way that really allows the reader to understand and feel the nature of the condition. In the course of recounting observations and scenes from his own life and experiences with Alex, he manages to illustrate the various facets of autism and view them from a number of different directions. I found it both fascinating and even mind-blowing in many ways.
I highly recommend this book. For people like me, who are relatively uneducated about the world of autism, it will make you think about people in a new way.
The honesty of this book is a gift to all of us. It lays bare the struggles, self doubts, trials and errors, as well as successes this family has experienced. The author opens a window for us into the life of his family, involving his wife and their younger child who does not have autism, his parents, and his own siblings.
The author describes how they sought resources, worked with the school systems and strategized. Although encounters with unkind, unfeeling or clueless individuals are shown, there are many instances of kindness and support by children and adults that surprised this reader. One comes away amazed by the resourcefulness and committment of these parents.
The book is also enjoyable and interesting. I read it the day I received it and was up until 2am to finish it.
The journey of the book, as others have commented, is take the reader through the symptoms, diagnosis and coping with Alex's autism. There exists only a small subset of the population which is autistic and only a small subset of the population capable of digesting, providing insight and sharing live experience with first rate written communication. This book occupies a unique space in that the gifted author has the full life experience with the autistic child, which experience is shared with us all in this book.
Given the subject matter of the book, as others have commented, this book should be required reading for anyone who is in regular contact with a bright autistic person. Yet the insights in this book can go much further. More generally, this book will be helpful to the reader in relating to the bright, unapproachable segment of the population that almost everyone comes into contact with. Many people, of all ages, will gain insight into how to relate better to some of the people in their everyday lives.
Many books are read for their educational value, others for their entertainment. The book is so well-paced and engaging as to provide "edu-tainment" -- you can't put it down, and when you've finished you've learned a lot of new information. The same material could have been covered with a dry, academic style which would really only be read and digested by few. But Daniel Mont, as the modest but extremely bright father in his own right (Ph.Ds don't grow on trees, do they?), displays a gift for real communication. The author seems to understand very well what will motivate the reader to turn the next page.
I highly recommend this book, on so many levels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Go out and get it! Great way to learn stuff about Autism. In addition, having it being connected to gifted skills.Published 1 month ago by Pedro Garcia
Great book! Hard to find a book like this that is so relatable.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Bevilacqua
The dialogue in this book is particularly authentically honest and good -- a wonderful mixture of candor, humor, frustration. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jennifer Christian
"People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I'm okay well they look at me kind of strange... Read more
Everyone worries about their own particular Different Kind of Kid...Too tall, too shy, too loud, too manic... Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by Melody Curtiss
This book is for anyone who wants to know how to love and live when life has it's way with you. Dan Mont's naked revelation of his journey to understand and connect to his son Alex... Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by Debbie K. Tate
This book provides a clear and moving story of what it's like to have a fairly autistic child. It reinforces my belief that autism (or at least some of the personalities classified... Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by Peter McCluskey
This book was loaned to me by my son's nurse practitioner. I hadn't heard of it, but now I'm encouraging everyone I know to read it. Read morePublished on April 29, 2008 by J. Evans
The author describes raising his autistic, mathematically gifted son for his son's first ten years of life. Read morePublished on December 8, 2007 by James D. Miller