Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Carly`s Voice Breaking through Autism by Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann

Quite a remarkable story and as someone who has long worked with Autism, I have read most of them.
This book stands out both for the easy way it reads and for the remarkable way that the Fleischmann`s as a family dealt with Carly`s severe Autism and worked tirelessly to understand her and to find a way that enabled Carly to communicate with the world around her.
Living in Toronto, Canada the Fleishmann`s path was anything but easy, even for the most basic of requests. They found that to simply survive they had to do things that did not sit easily with them and often caused Carly distress, none the less Arthur and Tammy were determined and never backed down from a fight, no challenge was insurmountable and there was always more than one way to cook the goose in their opinion.
At no time does Fleischmann attempt to paint himself or his family as saintly but frankly they are, he does paint a wonderful portrait of a family that for all their challenges manages to actually live a life, he has a wonderful sense of humor and courage in spades as does Carly and her siblings Matthew and Taryn.
The book allows Carly`s voice to shine through and ring clear but you will need to read this book to find out how this happened.
A great read and a wonderful testimony to how much can be accomplished when the right people and circumstances collide for good.

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