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Next Stop: A Memoir Hardcover – March 29, 2012
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A former TV news reporter, Glen's freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Family Circle, Parenting, Autism Speaks, Babble, American Magazine, Revolution, A Cup of Comfort, Special Needs Magazine,and Wired.
Top Customer Reviews
The first thing one realizes on reading is that every disabled child, particularly autistic children/adults, is unique. There's no cookie cutter pattern to follow but David Finland is able to show what works and what doesn't. His biggest problem is that he gets so distracted and focused on one thing that everything else is off his radar or thinking.
Glen describes the frantic search initially for what caused David's problems and is not shy about discussing people's kind but more often cruel or thoughtless comments about David's autism, including mainstream children in school who can be the most heartless and the most lacking in understanding and compassion. But the story of Glen and her husband's journey with David is the most inspiring part of this story. No, they don't learn it in classes, although they get some clues here and there from other programs. They learn by trial and error, by not condemning and always encouraging, while realistically setting limits, not an easy task at all.
David is off the radar as far as others' emotional needs but that doesn't mean he doesn't have his own way of showing care and love.Read more ›
I've read a few books on Asperger's recently - Robison's LOOK ME IN THE EYE, and Tim Page's PARALLEL PLAY, both excellent - but compared to David Finland, those guys seem nearly normal. Because David's already rather acute autism was accompanied by what Finland called "a mean mix of ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette's syndrome ... The tics include eye-blinking, head or shoulder jerking, facial grimacing, and, in David's case, snorting sounds often combined with an upper body twist, a hop, and a punch to his own mouth ..."
The twist that makes Finland's story different from those told by other parents of autistic children is that she begins in the year David turns 21, and details the year she spent riding the DC subway systems with her son, hoping that if he could learn the underground system, he could perhaps find a job and gain some measure of independence. Fortunately, David has a fascination with maps. Along the way she tells the story of David's life up to that point. But it's not just about David, it's about the whole family: her husband Bruce, and her two older (normal) sons and the toll David's afflictions had taken on the whole family.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author presents her struggle with learning to accept her son's perceptions and preferences which challenge her because of son's diagnoses including autism. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Irene
This book provides a lot of insight into the effect an Autistic child has on the other family members. I didn't always agree with the author's choices, but I'm not her.Published 13 months ago by Practical Reader
In the back of my mind, I've always wondered what happens to special needs children when they become adults. Read morePublished 23 months ago by shopper in chicago
I am partway through the book. I love the author's humor her ability to give us insight into what it means to have autism and be the mother of an autistic child. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Janet S.
Read this for our neighborhood book club. It was presented by a woman who has an adult son with autism who was willing to share her story. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by M. Pierce
My son is ready to move forward and build his own life. This memoir gave me the strengh to believe in my son. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Denise Cameron
The book begins with Mom, Glen Finland, trying to teach her son to navigate the Washington, DC subway system. Read morePublished on July 20, 2013 by Louis N. Gruber
This book is true to life. I see my son in this book not in the details but in the big picture.Published on May 16, 2013 by karen gimson