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.
This book confirms much of what I have known most of my life but was unable to verbalize... a profoundly accurate description of the mysterious inner world of an autistic. The longer I listened to this young man's personal experience the more at ease and able to accept my own experience I became. I wanted to go out and immediately purchase a copy for everyone who knows me so they could see the daily struggles of myself and other brave souls on the autism spectrum. How desperately we just want to be loved and accepted the way we are... and to be included rather than excluded because we interact differently. Thank you Naoki for this inspirational book!
I work in the field of augmentative communication and with a lot of children with ASD and have been aware of this book.. and the controversy surrounding it... for quite some time. For those unaware, the augmentative communication style used by Mr. Higashida is considered very subject to interpreter suggestion, and therefore, there has been some concern that the words are not entirely the author's.
As someone who considers herself very knowledgeable about children with ASD I absolutely agreed with many of Mr. Higashida's observations/insights... almost too much so. I found myself thinking, "yeah, that's how I would guess my patients are feeling"-- which made me question if I am either the most insightful person on the planet or if some of the controversial "co-constructors" and translators were perhaps stepping on the author's toes a bit. That being said, there were some portions that I found very surprising and informative (e.g., Mr. Higashida's dislike of visual schedules), but also some where I, unfortunately, found myself questioning the authenticity.
Mr. Picasso's narration neither enhanced nor detracted from the text.
Overall, it was an interesting read for someone new to the field of autism who is trying to get a handle on the sensory components; however, if you are looking for a first-hand view of living with ASD, I found "Born on Blue Day" and "Look Me in the Eyes" to be more enjoyable and insightful.
As an adult male 'on the spectrum', to have a thirteen-year-old boy express 80% of my existence better than I am able to do myself is both depressing and refreshing, because
As books go, this isn't classic literature or anything; but for an unfiltered glimpse into the mind of an autistic person, look no further. If someone close to you is on the autistic spectrum, you owe it to both yourself and them to read this book.
The naration. The narator explained well and with a sense of discriptive realism. Also,the plot kept me interested and wanting to find out "What's next".
The ending, though very emotional, it was tender and loving!
The scene when the little boy realized that he was dead.
Yes, it made me cry. It was very emotional at the end. It made me examined my life with my grand children and how I would feel if this happened in our family. I almost felt a loss. Very touching!
I really recommend this book for parents , even if you do not have a child with Autism. Also, I recommend it to educators because there are suggestions to follow in helping children with Autism. Plus after reading it you will feel that you understand a little bit more.
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.
Hearing the voice escape from the prison of autism.
Maybe, it could be a vehicle for building sympathy and understanding of this terrible infliction.
Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.
Anybody who knows or is involved with a child with autism must listen to this book. A beautiful look from inside out in the most simple and clear terms one can imagine. Please get this book an listen to it with care.
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.