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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 13, 2006
- Language: English
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Overstimulation and puberty stage can be difficult for many like me. But getting recorded in a way like that, `hurts more than my Autism'.
`May the writer find whatever she seeks'.
My actions have been mentioned as 'beastly', 'alien being', 'possessed by a demon...'
On page 129: 'When I left the apartment, When I left their apartment that day I felt as if I'd glimpsed into the mind of an alien being'.
On page 116: "'Tired' was hardly an apt explanation for the extraordinary scene we had been witnessing ... where food was flying in every direction, accompanied by his odd grimacing sounds...";
Page 117, "I emailed Tito that same night and asked him why he behaved like that at the table, grabbing food and acting like a wild beast ...";
Page 126, "He dashed through the house and raced toward the fridge, the first stop on the terrible circuit he could not break free of. He flung open the refrigerator door and wildly rifled through its contents... `You'll never get a publisher with this kind of behavior!' I commented in a low voice";
Page 127, "Now it seemed as if Tito were possessed by a demon.";
I have nothing against the author. I have spent many happy moments with the author and really considered her to be a friend, trusting my actions would stay private with her. The graphic description is what hurts.
By the way, I `hand-write' and communicate/write my books (the Mind Tree, Gold of the Sunbeams, Beyond the Silence).Read more ›
The involvement with the CAN foundation felt 'strange' to us when we lived in the US for the first year, after coming from India, with 'what on earth are we doing in this new country?' as we saw the fast life in LA.
But we got `used' to it.
Today when we are settled with friends (real friends) around, we know why we are here. We feel that we have a 'duty' to give back what we got in this wonderful country. Only the mission of HALO could give us that opportunity.
Mother and my mission is not 'future', but `present'.
`Prepare the present to face future', so that Autism becomes just an incidental `happening' like an accident of birth, and the `individual' person lives a life to the best potential, raising the head, saying to the world...'Autism? Perhaps I have it,.....so what?'
A new life with a goal.
And we look `forward to' it.
It needed a different view, which no other organization CAN provide.
Regards to one and all,
Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
Does this add to the discussion? No.
I am 'using' someone else's platform to talk. (Just as someone else used my name to write StrangeSon!')
The next 80 pages afterwards is like a docudrama book that's perfect for a film script. Think of this as "I am Sam, the prequel". My Mom never frantically panicked in front of the child psychologist about autism. She prayed, fought and struggled to help me go through special education classes and weekend sessions at the Jay Nolan Center. As a kid, I've coped with other Autistics at my age. The difference between Portia and my Mom was that my mom didn't have the upscale networking connections and financial resources to have her husband gather a set of doctors to find a "cure" for autism. Worse, she assumes Tito's mother holds the Holy Grail for curing or treating her son as if Dov and Tito live in a parallel world and they can connect like brothers. I stopped reading the book before I reached the 100th page. Like a Hollywood movie, I predicted where this is going so it's not worth the effort to go further.
Whenever anyone compares treating autism like curing cancer to find an answer, which is the case in this book, It's insulting to Autistics like me. Autism is not a cursed disease of death.Read more ›
It was intriguing to read that many of the scientists who were introduced to Tito found it absolutely mind-boggling to believe that such a person could exist. They couldn't seem to grasp that a person who was viewed as essentially non-verbal and severely autistic could possibly communicate through writing. And yet, since the late '80's there have been many thousands of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities all over the globe who have communicated effectively with Facilitated Communication (FC)--often describing their experiences with autism in words similar to those used so elegantly by Tito. Volumes of such writings are available. How is it that so many researchers/scientists are unaware of what these people have written? I found myself wishing Iversen would have said more about that. Is it possible that she is not aware of the similarities between FC and Soma's Rapid Prompt Method?
Despite these disappointments, I think the book is well worth reading. It will, hopefully, make many readers re-think their mistaken beliefs about autism, and come to recognize that not being able to speak does not mean one does not have intact "inner language". Soma has helped many to express their thoughts, as has FC. As an autistic friend of mine writes, we need to "Free the others"
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good book for families dealing with the problem of Asbergers syndrome.Published 8 months ago by m66
[Note: Copied from my review on goodreads. Quotes are from an ARC]
This is a hard book to review. My review is VERY long. Read more
Having the DVD available to purchase along with the book, of how to instruction , is the only thing missing. Thank you so very much!Published on January 15, 2014 by Melanie Gonzalez
Wonderfully written considering a mother had to deal with a very difficult subject. It was difficult to read for the same reasons.Published on May 21, 2013 by KATHERINE
I was a little shocked to read any negative reviews about this book. It seems there are a handful of people who are trying to diminish the message of the book because of their... Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by sarahshoey
This is my all-time favorite book. I read everything from sci-fi to drama, to non-fiction, autobiographies, etc. -this is my all time favorite book. Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by Daisy Nguyen
I can see why Tito felt betrayed by this book, yet part of me feels Iverson's strongly worded account of Tito's behavior was intended to sharply contrast with his exquisite poetry. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by L. Newman
Dov Iverson was 18 months old when diagnosed with severe autism, according to Strange Son. This developmental disorder left him without the ability to interact with himself and the... Read morePublished on November 9, 2009 by Regis Schilken
Very good book to read for anyone working with children with Autism. It provides insights to children who are non-verbal and appear to be in "their own world". Read morePublished on January 9, 2008 by Gayle M. Noble