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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Great
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016
Great insights to many aspects of life. I read it in two days I could not put it down. Great humor and insight.
4.0 out of 5 starsand the chapters are short and easy to read
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2017
Review first posted at Girl Who Reads. An advance reader's copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Barb Rentenbach is a woman with autism spectrum disorder that renders her mute, and she communicates by typing. Lois Prislovsky is her therapist, and also has ADHD. The two have collaborated on a number of projects, including a podcast where Barb's typed sections are read by her psychiatrist. The two alternate chapters in this book, discussing aspects of their personal lives and then giving practical advice on how to deal with similar situations. Their focus is on celebrating and respecting all people, regardless of how their brains function.
There is a lot of humor in this book, and the chapters are short and easy to read. It can sometimes feel disjointed, as the brevity of the chapters means that sometimes a topic first mentioned in one chapter isn't dealt with until later ones. The humor helps, as they are addressing concerns that many people have, even if they don't have the specific label.
Someone doesn't have to be autistic or have been diagnosed with ADHD or anxiety in order to appreciate this book. There are excerpts of therapy sessions as well, so people that might find the idea of seeing a therapist intimidating can see that it really is a conversation about how to be the best person that you can be. This is a very approachable and easy to read book, and helps bring humanity back to the labels that people carry.
5.0 out of 5 starsLois and Barb lovingly open the reader’s eyes to the concept of neurodiversity and do so with humor and wisdom.
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2017
Lois and Barb lovingly open the reader’s eyes to the concept of neurodiversity and do so with humor and wisdom.
What a revelation to view autism as different neurology rather than a disorder. Lois’ skills as a therapist shine through the methods she uses to create a fun and safe environment for her clients as her approach quickly works wonders where other therapists have failed to produce meaningful results. Additionally, it’s quite touching to read about her challenges with the DMV bureaucrats and enlightening to read about her dyslexia and ADHD.
What an amazing insight Barb offers by describing herself as a being disguised as a poor thinker. It’s so great to read her thoughts and enjoy her very clever sense of humor. She’s a very courageous and impressive woman, a great thinker whose language and expressive apparatus does not work as she desires. She leaves us with an amazing message that there’s hope for all, we are all teachers; for best results, teach from the heart to the heart.
Both women are full of profound wisdom, great humor and kindness. A fantastic read!
5.0 out of 5 starsA joyful, funny, tearjerking read for all kinds of minds
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2016
This groundbreaking duo has done it again! With tenderness, hilariousness and humility Barb & Lois offer readers an inside look at personal and professional insights about life with ADHD, anxiety, autism, dyslexia, etc. that few are blessed or brave enough to know. Their irreverent humor is a good reminder that their ideas and suggestions, though simple and resonant, can and should be radical in application. It is, as the title says, both humorous and practical, as if you have the benefit of two wise big sisters who want you to feel that you are not alone and also happen to be eminent experts in their fields. The honest stories and sharp wit kept me wanting to turn the pages late into the night, and the universal themes made the book seem exciting and relevant at the same time. This is an important text for people who has given, questioned and lived with a label, and those just being introduced to them for the first time. It is an important and helpful read for anyone who aims to embrace individual differences at home, in school or at work.
This book is both intriguing and hilarious, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys expanding their awareness and understanding of the reality we live in!! The perspective of Lois and Barb on "disability" really opens up a new hope for those who struggle with an alienated/unique perception. They see it as just another step in human evolution, and should be addressed in that manner. By changing the methodology of application, and applying an empathetic love, psychology evolves from curing a disability to teaching someone how to take advantage of their unique perception, and help other's simultaneously. Barb's concept of synergy is outstanding. Great book, by great people.