Top positive review
Short but helpful.
December 8, 2018
The author, a young man with autism, presents 100 tips, all only 6 words, to assist in understanding and interacting with children and adults with autism.
Pacelli was diagnosed early with speech delays, and with support and love from his parents experienced an unusually understanding childhood to young adult. Having parents devoted to making sure he had the best educational and social interaction definitely shows in his present day activities. While it can be inferred his parents had the time and money to provide his supportive environment, a quick acknowledgment of the difficulties other parents might have if not in an ideal situation wouldn't go amiss.
The strength of this quick roundup is the 6 word statements. Easy to contemplate full sentences are followed by a couple of paragraphs explanation, some illustrated by his own experiences. Devoid of doctor and expert words and language, the explanations are short and to the point. It can easily be imagined the 6 word sentences prefixed with "Why does my child..." and the answer by a family friend or teacher with experience responding with "Possibly because..." The short explanations leave room for expanding on each concept, without ongoing exposition that may overwhelm an individual. Noting every person with autism is not going to demonstrate the same list of symptoms, a long list, may give some parents a sense of relief things aren't as bad as they thought. Only one concept address individuals who don't talk, but it's a more complex situation better addressed in its own book.
A nice touch is how each sentence and explanation is worded in a positive, or at least neutral, tone of voice. Instead of dwelling on the negative or catastrophic possibilities, Pacelli offers sentences and explanations in neutral, or in the case of illustrating something with his own experience hopeful. Nothing starts with "Your child will have difficulties with...and suffer horribly for the rest of his/her life."
A simply worded, if occasionally awkward, list of symptoms that would help provide information before and during diagnosis. It could be used as a jumping off point for symptoms that could be brought to the attention of a doctor, or searched for more details.