I HAVE read the book. Language needs to evolve, but not into something ugly and imprecise. The boys live with Judith, so most of their care falls on her. Newman, however, decided to go off on a little tangent. A viral column in The New York Times described how a mother Newman could use technology in her day to day life with her son, Gus.
I learned more about parenting an autistic child from her humorous, day-to-day realizations, than I have from many highly regarded nonfiction books about autism. The article becomes the basis for one chapter in the book, but the book itself covers a much wider view of a unique family situation with married parents who are separated by a 30 year age gap and who live apart while still raising one neurotypical child named Henry and another named Gus, who is on the autism spectrum.
Not only did they allow me to both flesh out existing intellectual passions and discover new ones but, like Gus Newman, I used the impersonal world of information to develop my social skills.
A couple of snips, a couple of days of ice in your pants, and voila. Newman is nothing but candid, which can be a bit uncomfortable.
There were multiple instances where Newman seemed to realize that what she was writing was horrifying but opted to continue on anyway. Fortunately, technology can be a very useful tool in preventing this. Another criticism of the book was that Judith was exposing the private lives and thoughts of her children without their permission.
I hope if you bought it, that you donate an equal or greater amount to an actuallyautistic author. And she claims we lack empathy. The history of eugenics and the targeted stripping of our rights, the sanctioned torture that goes on in institutions to this very day, the parents who murder their children and are met with public sympathy.
His twin Henry is much taller and "normal", so she has a striking perspective on the different challenges the boys present. She does state in her preface that she had many discussions with Gus and Henry about what was going into the book that was personal to them.
I did a series of live-tweets about this book as I read it, in shocked horror, over the past days. But then my idea about joining a book club happened.
I began to question my certainty that Gus should never have kids. Indeed, thanks to his extensive use of the knowledge navigator, Gus has improved his enunciation, learned important rules about etiquette, and even become comfortable carrying out prolonged conversations.
My keen interest probably began when our son befriended a high-functioning boy, who was valiant in dealing with mainstreamers, and able to play well any instrument handed to him. She wrote about the problems that could result from having low expectations He just presents differently.
Trivia I wonder how many today even realize that the title is a variation on the novel "To Sir, With Love" which became the basis of the Sidney Poitier movie? I could have stuck to the column.
Newman dug her hole deeper in her very next paragraph, where she explained that she did not consult her kids twins, one neurotypical and one autistic about whether they were okay with everything she included in her book.
The column was very readable it was viral for a good week after it was published according to the author and described how Gus could "talk" to Siri and ask Siri endless questions about his interests and according to the column it actually helped her son communicate better with humans.
I could not imagine that any girl, anywhere, would find him interesting at this point. If we are to fully realize the potential of these technological advances for autistic youth, however, we must fully understand what causes those benefits in the first place.
I hope this book dies the ignoble death it deserves. But for some reason she feels the need to bring in transgender people and pronoun usage and complains "Language needs to evolve, but not into something ugly and imprecise.
Specifically, Newman did not feel that her son should have children. I saw her statement about a medical power of attorney as reflecting her opinion that Gus currently does not appear to be developmentally on track to decide whether or not to have children.
That said, I was struck by one major parallel: Some of it was quite fascinating but the book never reaches to the genuine warmth and humor of the original column. Being autistic means that your privacy, dignity, and bodily autonomy are almost never taken into account.
I understand deeply, to the bone, what love means. I was so, so, wrong. My wife, a former speech pathologist who can be highly critical of autism accounts, loved this one, too. Technology does come up, but not as much as the title implies it does.
I can see that this is something she would discuss with Gus with regard to a vasectomy. Well, I finished this book and am now ready for the book club meeting.
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