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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Sharon Kedar (October 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988324709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988324701
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish my daughter can find her way out just like Ido did.
Manuel Negron
I would recommend this book to Every parent of a child on the autism spectrum, as well as extended family members, physicians, teachers, aides, therapists, etc.
Lisa D. Edmond
I liked this book because it helped me understand autism better than any book I've ever read.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Reading "Ido in Autismland," it's tempting to believe that the book must have been ghostwritten. After all, we've all seen children suffering from profound autism: they're non-verbal, their faces are expressionless, they seem beyond teaching, and, sometimes, even beyond love. How can someone suffering from non-verbal autism have written such a profound book about the autism experience, about autism education, and about the usual emotional and intellectual challenges of being a teenager? Well, it turns out that it can be done and Ido Kedar has done it.

Before I go on with this review, I should say here that I've known Ido for many years, and I can attest to the fact that he wrote every word in his book. Moreover, his writing, which is a compilation of his diaries, very accurately describes his treatment and development, both during the early years when "experts" treated him like a trained monkey, and during the later years, when Soma Mulokhopadyay taught Ido and his family how to use a letter board.

Ido's book begins by comprehensively documenting the painful boredom of spending every single day for years doing repetitive drills aimed at teaching him to identify simple objects or put names to emotions. Because he was non-verbal, Ido was unable to explain that he had already taught himself to read, that he could do basic math, and that he perfectly understood, although he couldn't express, a full range of emotions. Nor could Ido explain that, in addition to understanding what those around him were experiencing, he was living in a physical and emotional environment much richer than what most people without autism experience. Institutional myopia seemed to have condemned him to a lifetime of monotonous drills, unfulfilled intellectual dreams, and intense loneliness.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BuffaloGal on November 22, 2012
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I am a parent of a child with non-verbal autism and this is the first book I could relate to. I have amassed a large library of books on autism since my son was diagnosed 7 years ago. A lot of them have offered false hope and made me feel very frustrated as a parent whose child did not progress as significantly as others did to therapies such as ABA, special diets, biomedical treatments, and a myriad of other conventional therapies. It wasn't till we took our son to Soma, the same teacher Ido had to teach him to communicate on a letter board, that we saw a glimpse of hope for our son. Ido clearly explains, with tremendous insight and maturity for such a young person, many of the features I see in my son, but never understood- the inability to speak or control his actions, his impulsivity, self-stims, anxiety, and frustrations. Most importantly though, Ido and his mother show us it is possible for our son to have a meaningful life in which real communication is achievable without having to speak. Working with Soma and seeing the success of one of her students (there are many more out there) renews my hope and gives me a passion to keep striving for my son to communicate and to learn beyond the preschool curriculum most non verbal kids are forced to endure. This book showed me what I have suspected all along, that the current understanding about autism needs to be revised and standards of autism treatment must be more tailor made depending on whether a child has speech or not. I recommend this book for familes who have children with autism, especially those with non-verbal autism or those whose hope is faltering. I also recommend this to all educators, therapists, medical workers, and anyone else who comes in contact with children with autism. Thank you Ido and his mom for writing this brave book!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Jordan on August 4, 2013
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My son was diagnosed as autistic 46 years ago, during the days when the medical world believed cold, unfeeling, refrigerator mothers caused the disorder. He has a seizure disorder, very little comprehensible speech. As I read Ido's story, I am cheering for him, while at the same time mourning for what could have been for my Jeff. I know he wants to communicate, I can see it in him, and how he gives up so easily. God Speed Ido. What you are doing will change the outcomes and future of untold numbers of disabled people.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 8, 2012
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Ido's book is easy and fast to read. This is the mark of an outstanding author, one who chooses words designed to make communication easy. Although it is a fast read, it is one deserving of reading and re-reading, one or two essays at a time. It should be required reading for every teacher and professional who work with bright autistic children. Even more importantly, it should be read by those who are responsible for designing teacher credential programs for moderate to severe special ed. I'm seeing a focus on behavior and NOT on curriculum delivery. I'm also seeing huge time and money requirements for a second career person to earn a credential. You want the most qualified, not the most book qualified teaching children who's adult future depends on choices made by adults during their school years.
I am a California teacher, having retired from the military, I chose to work part time as my children grew. One of those children was a bright child who could not learn to write or spell and who had a very difficult time in a classroom. He was diagnosed early as ADHD, and in 6th grade as dyslexic. That year he was enrolled in a school for dyslexic and or bright children. The growth that year was huge. He was happier, able to focus better, and, he made two full years of academic growth in language skills. I was able to take their teacher training that summer as I retired from the Navy. I taught him for three years in an independent studies program offered by the county where we now live in California. As he graduated from high school, earning a "real" diploma, I was completing a general (multi-subject) credential and began to teach part time, or sub. Last year I was a long term sub in a k/1 county special ed classroom with some very bright autistic students. I discovered Ido's blog [...
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