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This wonderfully written book will stay with me for a very long time. One of the most real, heart wrenching stories about the sweetest love for a child who needed this love so much that I have ever read. Her daddy (uncle) was relentless in making sure his girl was happy and as content as possible and they learned so much from each other. The author was masterful in putting humor into the situation when there was sometimes so much pain. My heart ached at times for Richard and for Barney and was so glad they had each other. If Barney could speak to tell her daddy how much she loved him, she would shout it to the world. This is a must read for all who care about a child, and or autism. I have a son who has down syndrome and autism and this book has been such an inspiration for me. I look forward to reading the authors next book about his son David.
Excellent Book! This week I read Christopher Stevens books: A Girl Called Barney and A Real Boy. I really enjoyed reading these books. They have been very inspirational to me. My 6-year-old son is autistic. My son started talking at 3.6 years old. Now he talks all the time.:) He is a very bright boy and he is growing into an avid reader. He loves going to the library and he loves reading books. He even enjoys reading books on his Nook Tablet. I buy him plenty of books to read on his Nook Tablet. Now he enjoys reading books to me.
A Girl Called Barney was enlightening. It helps the reader to understand how an autistic child thinks and behaves. It also shows what a parent goes through every day and what hard work it is to take care of a child with special needs. I work as a teacher assistant with autistic children. I love each and every one of them. May God bless them all and my hat goes off to all the parents and caregivers who take care of such children. You are all truly blessed with patience and unconditionally as I am. Thanks Christopher for book. Next I will read your other book.
As the parent of a little girl with Autism, I can say that this story is pretty much an accurate representation of daily life. What a brave and loyal man Richard Coleman is, at times I could very much share his heartbreak and frustration. His ability to remain patient during his trails and tribulations is admirable. It really is the same as very other situation in life, you have to take the good with the bad and hang onto those moments of pure joy. What a special gift our beautiful babies are!!!
This helped me understand the trials my granddaughter is going through with her daughter who has just been diagnosed with autism. While Barney is a much more extreme case than our Naomi, it is clear that she must be handled with love and kindness, (as all children must) and explains some of the things she does. She has not been "naughty" those times when she couldn't communicate and join in with other children. A very good book.
This book is an amazing story of what love and understanding for an autistic child is all about. Every parent should read this book to be able to teach their children how to understand and have compassion for those who's minds see things different from the normal. Chris Stevens you are my hero!!! Hope you write more about Barney as she grows into adult hood.
Loved this book - about what it really means to be a dad and that being their for the conception doesn't make you a dad. Its about an uncle who takes on raising his sisters child and the process of doing that and finding out she is autistic. It is a love story as well on how much one can love a child as his own and actually falling in love with a woman on the way.