Saturday, November 5, 2016

Autism: A Book Review

While I am still job searching and working on my thesis, I have taken up some reading to keep my mind fresh on issues that child life specialists might encounter. One of these is Autism. So I went to autismspeaks.org for some suggestions. 

This book for some reason caught my eye. It's called There's a Boy in Here: Emerging from the Bonds of Autism. It's written in very plain language from the dual perspectives of both a mother and a child. It was originally published 1992, so while reading it you have to remember that the language is a little outdated in regards to disabilities and autism itself.


The dual perspectives allows readers to dive into what life was really like for this family. Judy Barron narrates it from her perspective admitting that she felt like a failure or "bad mom" at first. She says that she new something was different about her son, but in the early 1960's there weren't many doctors who could diagnose him. So often we see mothers with young children who are so exhausted trying to do everything they can for children, but they feel trapped. Judy offers a very transparent picture of what life was like for her that I think many can relate to. The difference today is that there are a plethora of resources for moms like Judy to help children like Sean. 

After Judy narrates life in their household, Sean's thoughts are followed in italics. These little segments of thought allow us inside the mind of young Sean who thrived off of routine, predictability, and a logic of his own. 

After a narration from Judy about young, non-verbal Sean and his explosive behavior at a restaurant, Sean explains: 

"I had a rule about glasses of water when we went out to eat. To me water was tasteless, bland, not exciting. Therefore, it should not be served with a meal at a restaurant. That was my rule. They had to serve something I liked- Coke, for instance. When they brought water and set it down, I got absolutely infuriated! It violated my rule and made me feel out of control and helpless. I knew the waitress or waiter was doing it on purpose to hurt me and make me helpless. I had to show them that my rule was not to be broken!"

This example and many more allow us just a glimpse into the mind of a child with Autism and how they see the world around them. After I finish this book, I plan to read a more recent book and I look forward to comparing them! 

Check out the book on Amazon here

To find out more about the life of Sean Barron check out this news article that was written about him in November 2008. 

Do you have any book suggestions for me? I will add them to my list of books to read! 

-Caroline

2 comments:

Stephen Griffin said...

An excellent review of the book, it seems to me it will suit every writer, not depending on the experience behind his shoulders. I often read such literature that would expand the boundaries of consciousness, this is very important in our time. You have to be able to look at things from different angles. I realized this in college, when I received an essay essay online on the topic of "personality development." I advise everyone, they know how to write the best essay.

Arthur said...

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