compassionate, compelling, illuminating
When he describes people with autism as being "primordial, from a past world". Just beautiful
I felt so many strong emotions as listened to this book. It was really life changing for me.
I would listen to more books narrated by Tom Picasso.. Probably wouldn't read anymore book by Naoki Higashida.
I enjoyed listening to this book, from the perspective of this ONE autistic child.
HOWEVER, to say this was written solely by him, I feel is pushing it a bit. If so, it would have taken years. The sentences and stories are very complex and sometimes long. I'm not saying mentally he couldn't come up with these answers, but he was pointing at a select group of flashcards. There was probably a good amount of interpretation and editing by the family.
I also didn't like how it was said no two autistic children are the same, but its repeated many times how this and that are how it is. I don't even has an autistic child and it was bothering me.
Having said that, if you can get over the fact its a paraphrased interview with contradicting views. It was a very interesting listen. It gives insight on things that could be going on with your child, or just a fascinating view into HIS mind.
This book provides insights into autism that heretofore have been unexpressed. My life has been forever changed by this book. With the autism epidemic, everyone should read this book.
I suppose the book was a bit like me claiming I have insight into what it feels like to suffer a stab wound because I had a paper cut once. I felt like this entire book was from a slightly delayed kid whose mom and teacher pushed him to communicate and are pleased with their little bit of fame. Working with actual profoundly autistic children myself, I couldn't stop thinking that this book was just farce. I looked up this kid on line and the guy was playing catch with his dad! Eating a sandwich with two hands and a plate at the dinner table. He had manners and was extraordinarily high functioning. Clearly he has some type of delay but this book is not the profound "ugly and surprising" world of autism I expected. Its a really smart and insightful kid that doesn't verbalize well and has some tics. This not what profound autism looks like guys.
I feel badly for the mothers and fathers that picked this book looking for some understanding of their child with autism and then shortly realizing that this is not a manual on why Joey bangs his head on the wall until it bleeds or grinds his teeth down to his jaw bone, daily has feces under his nails from digging in his diaper. That is the real struggle of profound autism. The child in the book is mild at best. I felt bad for those reader that just ended up feeling "oh, so we probably will never really understand or know our child."
I highly doubt a 13 year old boy wrote this book, the insights and descriptions were much more adult than that. However, having said that, the information was very insightful about autism and I gained a better understanding of the condition which will allow me to be more sensitive to those I interact with.
It was interview style. Why do you do X? Because...
It wasn't a story or even particularly interesting. Having an autistic son myself I was hoping for some insight cloaked in a good biography but its severly lacking in both.
"If you've met one child with autism you've met one child with autism". While their was some interesting material its not applicable to even MOST autistic kids since they are so different. This book stereotypes autistic kids.
Narration was good.
Its pretty short so yes it was alright.
It's insight into the autistic condition
I have not read other books by Naoki Higashida
I didn't really have any major reactions, it just made me think