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With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 24, 2007
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Sachiko Azuma is a new mom whose first baby has just been born at sunrise and gives him the name Hikaru which literally means "light" in Japanese. Sadly, the joy of her new motherhood is rather shortlived at first. Hikaru turns out to be quite different from the other babies in Sachiko's small mother's group. He cries all the time and dislikes being held closely and not knowing about the autism yet, Sachiko starts to take it personally and becomes very distressed. Her workaholic husband Masato isn't very supportive either and is always complaining that what little sleep he gets is disturbed by Hikaru's crying in the night. All of Sachiko's idealistic dreams of motherhood and family come crashing down around her. She even starts to receive derision from her mother's group and her in-laws, Masato's family. Sachiko actually begins to accept their false accusations and blames herself for Hikaru's dreadful behaviors and she becomes very depressed.
This story doesn't end sadly though. Suspecting that Hikaru is deaf, Sachiko takes him to a doctor for examination. The first doctor isn't sure, so she takes him to another who determines quite conclusively that Hikaru is not deaf, but may have autism, a disorder Sachiko has never heard of.Read more ›
This series is about a family whose son Hikaru is autistic, and this first volume follows alongside Hikaru's birth and how his mother Sachiko later works with him through his early elementary years after realizing that her son is different than other children. While the dreams she had for her son were initially shattered, the story elegantly walks the reader through the various stages of acceptance in these early years, both of Sachiko and the individuals surrounding the life of the family, and shows the eventual strength that Sachiko develops as a mother warrior fighting to help her son. Judgmental family members, ignorant physicians, and a misinformed public. It's all there. As the father of a son diagnosed with autism, I see my family and health care providers, as well as the general public, in this story.Read more ›
This book is not only three times as thick as a regular manga, but also moving and enlightening. A must read, both for manga fans and people who have to deal with autism in their everyday lives. I cried more than once while reading it. Looking forward to more volumes.
I’ve been interested in this book ever since I first heard about it. And I’m glad I finally picked it up.
Sachiko Azuma is at first perfectly happy. She’s happily married to a business man and just gave birth to her first baby boy. But then her husband starts working more and is never happy when home. And her perfect baby boy cries all the time and doesn’t like it when she holds him. He acts different than the other kids, but Sachiko doesn’t know how to handle it.
When it gets so bad she can’t handle it, she has to accept that her son is autistic, and then she has a fight with her husband.
It’s really tough at times, and seemed really realistic. Harshly realistic, really. Because at this point, few people knew what autism was, and most believed that it was caused by the mother not raising the child correctly. Hikaru, her son, is definitely hard to get to know; he doesn’t talk, he doesn’t understand social conventions, he doesn’t like being touched. But slowly, Sachiko learns how to handle him, how to teach him in a way he’ll understand, and she meets people who understand and help her.
Living with autism is hard, and it takes a while for Sachiko to get used to it, to really understand it. But I like that she grew confident in herself and how she dealt with Hikaru, even in public. I especially liked that she didn’t try to hide it, that she was honest with everyone around her when it became apparent that something was odd with Hikaru. And it was nice that her husband and family backed her up about it.
I wasn’t sure where her marriage was going to go in the beginning, because her husband was just a jerk. But after their fight, when he gets overworked, he has to face reality and decide that being with his family is more important.Read more ›
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This is a good resource for parents with autistic children. It has enough pictures for even the most difficult of people to read.Published on May 3, 2014 by The Duke and not a Bear
This is my favorite book series, and this book was in good condition. The cover had some wear and tear, but it wasn't enough to leave the pages vulnerable, which is what really... Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Lydia
I was wishing to expand my understanding of autism and I did gain a little of that, but it took a long time for that little bit of knowledge.Published on June 8, 2013 by Connie Raun Foss
I've loved this book ever since I got my hands on it 5 years ago at my local library. For me, this story is personal for two reasons. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Cpetersen
i liked the idea of the story, and was excited to reading about Autism. the first chapters in Vol was very good, but after that the story is moving very slow, and barely could... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by fadeelah alreshaid
THIS WAS PURCHASED FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER. SHE DEVOURED IT. AS AN AVID READER SHE WAS THRILLED TO RECEIVE IT AND WANTS OTHERS IN THE SERIES.Published on March 13, 2012 by S. DeGisi