To spread more awareness for autism, here is another inspiring autism book everyone should read.
For people with autism and for anyone who knows someone on the autism spectrum
This story is about Caitlin, and in Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead, and her Dad is no help at all. She wants to get over it, but as an 11-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When Caitlin reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. She just has a little trouble explaining it to everyone else.
This book does a pretty good job of explaining the mind of a child with autism. We tend to live in our own little world, where what makes sense to us doesn’t always make sense to others. And it’s tough to take us out of that world we’ve grown accustomed to. We are also very honest. Until a certain age, we’re a walking truth bomb. And even as adults, we will tell you our honest opinion, whether you want us to or not.
Children with autism and most children say ‘I don’t know’ a lot, and most of the time, we really don’t know the answer. ‘I don’t know’ should be a reasonable answer. I know I say it a lot, and most of the time, I really don’t know the answer.
And above all, do not yell or raise your voice at a kid with autism. We won’t work with you if you do. Talk to us slowly and clearly but not like how you would talk to a 3-year-old. We’re not stupid. We just have a hard time understanding you.
If you’re with someone with autism and look at them and think, ‘Why are they doing that?’ they’re probably looking at you and thinking the same thing.
This book involves another somber subject: the death of a family member. Death is a tough thing to understand, especially if you think differently than everyone else.
I recommend this book to pretty much everyone.