A Different Kind of Boy / Edition 1by Daniel Mont
Pub. Date: 12/12/2001
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
A little nine-year-old boy looks down at the gymnasium floor. The room is filled with children who like and respect him, but he has no real friends. He can barely name anyone in his class, and has trouble with the simplest things - recognizing people, pretending, and knowing when people are happy or angry or sad. Much of his life has been filled with anxiety. He is
A little nine-year-old boy looks down at the gymnasium floor. The room is filled with children who like and respect him, but he has no real friends. He can barely name anyone in his class, and has trouble with the simplest things - recognizing people, pretending, and knowing when people are happy or angry or sad. Much of his life has been filled with anxiety. He is out of step with the world, which to him is mostly a whirlwind that must be actively decoded and put into order. And yet he was only one of seven fourth graders in the United States to ace the National Math Olympiad. In fifth grade he finished second in a national math talent search.
That boy is autistic. He is also loving, brilliant and resilient. In this book, his father writes about the joys, fears, frustration, exhilaration, and exhaustion involved in raising his son. He writes about the impact on his family, the travails of navigating the educational system, and the lessons he has learned about life, what it means to connect with other people, and how one builds a life that suits oneself. And, oh, yes, math. Lots about math.
- Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
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- New Edition
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Table of ContentsA Fair-Haired Boy. 2. 'You're a Father Now, Damn it!'. 3. The Wild Goose Chase. 4. A Different Sort of Boy. 5. Daycare. 6. An Addition to the Family. 7. Doors Opened and Closed. 8. 'You want to do it!'. 9. Taking Turns. 10. 'I Know, Mom, I Know'. 11. My Parents. 12. A Team. 13. Off the Charts. 14. The Evaluation. 15. 'My Son, the Doctor'. 16. 'Believe Me, They'd Have a Schedule!'. 17. An Integrated Classroom. 18. Crazy, Incomprehensible Rules. 19. Exhausted. 20. On the Town. 21. 'That's Just Backwards Multiplication!'. 22. Frame of Reference. 23. Spreadable Fruit. 24. Diabetes. 25. Off to School. 26. Such A Bright Boy. 27. Mathematical Marvel. 28. Simon. 29. Careers. 30. 'Daddy, Look What I Can Do!'. 31. 'Don't Mourn For Us'. 32. Moving to D.C. 33. New kid on the Block. 34. Such Sensitive Children. 35. A Blessing. 36. Stamping Out Ambiguity. 37. Going Hazy. 38. Learning to Cope. 39. Black History Month. 40. Mr Hustle. 41. Front Page News. 42. Life. 43. Mathematical Marvel. 44. Connections Gained and Lost. 45. Graduation. 46. Becoming Self-Aware. Epilogue.
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The book gives unique insight into the real world of the autistic child and the support mechanisms, not just for the child (which is the subject of a lot of work), but for the family itself which is trying to support the child. Familes of autistic children should directly profit. Those who didn't know about autism can gain new insight into some people they probably know. This author is uniquely qualified to write on this subject, because he represents the intersection of the following sets -- he has an autistic child, is highly intelligent in his own right, is able to understand the feelings of others despite his own intelligence, has a Ph.D., and whose writing doesn't sound like a Ph.D. thesis.