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Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism Paperback – September 18, 2012
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"Carly's Voice makes it very clear that a non-verbal person with autism has a rich inner life. Typing independently enabled Carly to express wit, explain her sensory problems, and show that a good mind has been freed." (Temple Grandin)
"I have learned more from Carly about autism than any doctor or 'expert,' and she has helped me understand and connect with my son in ways I couldn't have imagined. Her book takes the autism conversation to new places and disproves the ridiculous notion that non-verbal people with autism don't have feelings and thoughts or are unintelligent. Carly is--for me--autism's fiercest and most valuable advocate." (Holly Robinson Peete, actress, author, and autism advocate)
“Carly's Voice is the wishful slogan of a movement. Autism has spoken, and a new day has dawned. Carly's story is a triumph.” (Richard M. Cohen, author of Strong at the Broken Places and Blindsided)
“In this unsparing but affecting account . . . it’s clear that while most people take the ability to communicate for granted, for Fleischmann it defines her daily struggles and miraculous successes. . . . [An] inspiring story.” (Publishers Weekly)
“To read along as [Carly] expresses her feelings in conversations with her father is almost as stunning as when she writes of life inside her autistic head. . . . Both heart-wrenching and deeply inspiring.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Throughout Arthur Fleischmann’s exceptional memoir about his and wife Tammy’s experience raising a child with severe autism, it is the plaintive “voice” of the wordless-from-birth Carly that resonates. . . . It is Carly’s chapter, written in her words, and her charm that set this memoir apart.” (Booklist (starred review))
“A well-written story of one family’s struggle, perseverance, and triumph in helping a child with autism find her voice. This book will benefit people with autism, their families, and all who interact with them.” (Library Journal)
“[Carly’s] explanation of what it feels like—emotionally and physically—to have autism is eye-opening. Quite frankly, I think [her] chapter should be required reading for our society, especially as we head into Autism Awareness Month.” (Parents.com)
“Witty, sarcastic, and heartfelt, Carly’s words shine with personality and intellect, her strength and determination adding sparkle and hope.” (New York Journal of Books)
About the Author
Arthur Fleischmann lives with his wife, Tammy Starr, and their three children, Matthew, Taryn, and Carly, in Toronto, Canada, where he is partner and president of john st. advertising.
Carly Fleischmann lives in Toronto, Canada, and attends a mainstream high school where she is enrolled in gifted classes. She corresponds with her thousands of friends and followers via Twitter and Facebook. Visit her at CarlysVoice.com.
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To say this is not representative of a real families struggle is silly to me, as parents of children on the spectrum we all know the extremes that can be present within the disorder. Some children talk, some don't.
Also, much of the second half of the book is written in carly's words. No, the book is not an account written entirely in her voice. but her parents kept transcripts and copies of their conversations and her father included those in much of the writing in the book.
All in all, I think the purpose of this book, at least to me, was to offer hope. Hope that my seemingly out of control child will one day be able to tell me what she needs. Hope that one day, something will just click. I am not "wealthy", But much of the early struggle still is reminiscent of my daughters early life.
Tammy, If you still come and read these reviews, Thank you. I am not Canadian, but I absolutely appreciate any advocate for children. Many of us are so wrapped up in what needs to be done for our own children, that we do not have the energy at the end of the day to do what you are doing for the children who are not ours.
Carly's father goes into great detail with respect to all the doctors, therapies, therapists and assorted weird stuff they tried over the years as they desperately seek to reach their daughter. As the father of an autistic little girl, sometimes it's like looking into a mirror. Lots of "don't know whether to laugh or cry" moments.
It would be almost too heart-wrenching to read were it not for the fact that Carly's Facebook posts give away the "happy ending"
Hyperbole really is impossible. It is an incredible story of an unstoppable family and their amazing daughter.