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The Mind Tree

A Miraculous Child Breaks the Silence of Autism
Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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Eloquent. Philosophical. Introspective. These are not the words usually associated with an autistic child. But in a remarkable display of courage and creativity, a boy named Tito has shattered stereotypes, and in The Mind Tree makes us question all of our previous assumptions about autism. For Tito is severely autistic and nearly nonverbal, and this is his story.

©2011 National Autistic Society (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Great but better read than listened to

I'm autistic and love love love this book. It resonates in ways that are both heartening and heartbreaking. He finds words for things I've felt and couldn't express. Read this over Temple Grandin or really most other "autism autobiographies".

Skip the intro though, it's like the person writing it didn't read the book at all - they reproduce all the stereotypes, paternalism, isolation, and invalidation that Tito repeatedly chronicles and critiques.

My favorite parts are the last two ("The Mind Tree" and the poems), and I recommend starting there. The other parts are interesting and well written but the first half especially can drag on at times.

I also recommend getting this book in print rather than audio, just because of the way it's written, but the audiobook is great too, and the narration is fantastic.

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