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The author likens her role to being on the edge of a cliff, holding tight to her daughters hand as the child hangs precariously over the abyss. There is no time for sugar coating or self pity, only positive action. She offers that positive action in a beautifully written narrative that inspires both laughter and tears. I read over half the book at one sitting, unable to put it down.
Though the book is written as a guide to mothers of autistic children, or any caregiver for that matter, it is a wealth of knowledge for any parent. I recognized many of the same struggles we had with our own children, yet multiplied a hundred fold. Where the parent of a developmentally "normal" child may struggle across a hurdle once, or over the course of days or weeks, the struggles continue for years or even a lifetime for the autistic parent and child. The most mundane social skills that our children learned by simply being kids are major milestones to be overcome day after day.
I couldn't help but fall in love with Carrie, the author's autistic daughter, through the selfless unconditional love her mother reveals in every line of Autism by Hand. I was introduced to the most beautiful, sweet, funny, and gifted little girl I can imagine.Read more ›
Like the author of this book, I have read a lot on autism that left me with way too much technical information and not enough practical advice. Like the author, I am also an educator. Theories are great, but give me something I can use in my classroom or with my family. Something that you have tried and seen results from. It may not work for me, but it certainly feels a lot better than taking blind stabs in the dark. Or worse, reinventing the wheel, only to discover that someone else did it better.
Since I began teaching, I have always worked with at risk populations. My first job was in a mental hospital educating sexual abuse victims. While there, I knew more than a few kids who would have benefited from their caretakers reading this book. Not because they were necessarily on spectrum, but because the advice it offers cuts through the BS of their labels and seeks ways to help them deal with the world. A world that isn't going to understand them not matter how much education we shove down its throat.
One of my favorite parts of this book was when Damon described her daughter getting upset when she share her Autism diagnosis with women in a store to explain the child's actions. Often times, we use the label of Autism as an excuse as to why someone with it can't do this or that, but how often do we consider that they may not want the world to know. Maybe the world doesn't need to know.Read more ›
From the start Damon announces that she will not pull any punches, giving fair warning that her style of writing may be offensive. Several times during the course of reading I wanted to stop reading and forget about the book. At times I felt like I was being yelled at, which I don't particularly care for. I kept reading because even though I don't agree with a lot of it, I appreciate the different perspective on autism than my own.
Overall I think there are some helpful tips for parents to try out with their own children, but I feel that the author presents them in such a way as to make a parent feel belittled if they do not agree with her or find use in her suggested methods. Taken as a case study of one family's experience with autism I think this book is worth the read, but be prepared for the condescending tone and "television grade" profanity.
I also couldn't really agree with her sentiment that being nice to the teachers/education system helped get her daughter a better quality of care (to steal a healthcare phrase.) At least not in a way that could be applied universally. Yes, you should be nice to your child's teachers (obviously!). You should always go in assuming the best and treat them like the amazing professionals they are. But at least in my experience in my child's large urban school district, there is a tremendous turnover and the educators you created a relationship with one year will all be gone the next school year. Teachers, Aides, OTs, and SLPs, all different :-(
That doesn't mean you shouldn't do it b/c kindness is never a waste and having a connection with your child's team is always a good thing even if it is only a brief thing. I just don't think it is necessarily going to give you the same results that she writes about.
There is a lot to appreciate about this book.
-The author tells you in the very beginning that she is not going to sugarcoat anything and she is just conveying her experiences and what worked for her and her child. She is not trying to sell you anything or make you any promises or guarantees, just sharing her information.
-She is an excellent writer: funny, honest, clear and very compassionate at times and tries to see a lot of things from different points of view.
I found Susan Senator's "Making Peace with Autism" more my personal style, but I think "Autism By Hand" will resonate with people who want the tough love approach and lots of hands on advice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I relate so much to what you are saying. I have three out of nine children that are diagnosed with asperger's autism and this book just showed me that I am doing what is right for... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Leshay Luckett
I enjoyed reading Autism By Hand because the author was so down to earth. She gives practical insight to autism. She shares strategies that I am ready to try in my own classroom. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Julie Stockton
I TRULY LIKED THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT'S WRITTEN FROM THE HEART THE TRUE EXPEREINCES OF THIS FAMILY. I WORK WITH ADULTS THAT ARE AUTISIC AND KNOW WHEN THE WRITER IS BEING HONEST. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Grumbles
Author is very opinionated. The "hand" thing doesn't carry through as far as a "theme" after awhile.Published on July 25, 2014 by JanRDmom
I am an autism consultant and special education teacher. This book was so honest and straight forward, it's was refreshing! Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Beth Kindy
It's a good book, but she does tell it like it is. So if you get offended easily, I don't recommend it. I enjoyed the book. Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Rosy Stef
Very honest and blunt, and lots of useful tidbits thrown in. A nice mix of practical tips and personal outlookPublished on June 16, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I am a mom of 6 with one on the way. it has recently been brought to my attention that my youngest 2 kids as well as my husband may have aspergers. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Amazon Customer