Soon Will Come the Light: A View from Inside the Autism Puzzle

Overview

Winner of the Autism Society of America's Literary Achievement Award, this heartwarming book was one of the first autobiographies to provide unique insight into the world of autism. Tom McKean grew up in a confusion of misdiagnosis, spending years in an institution and finally journeying into adulthood, seeking answers. He finally comes to a "working truce" with the neurotypical world and discovers he has various talents in fields such as computers and technical design, in addition to his passion for writing. His...

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Overview

Winner of the Autism Society of America's Literary Achievement Award, this heartwarming book was one of the first autobiographies to provide unique insight into the world of autism. Tom McKean grew up in a confusion of misdiagnosis, spending years in an institution and finally journeying into adulthood, seeking answers. He finally comes to a "working truce" with the neurotypical world and discovers he has various talents in fields such as computers and technical design, in addition to his passion for writing. His challenges, discoveries, and successes will move you as his poetry, songs, and humor delight you.

Helpful chapters include:

  • Leave My Home for a Home
  • Interesting Associations in the Home
  • I Re-Enter the World
  • Discovering Autism
  • What Autism Is To Me
  • Professionals and More Ideas on Autism
     
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885477118
  • Publisher: World Future Horizons
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 155
  • Sales rank: 1,147,532
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Thomas A. McKean was diagnosed with autism late in his teens. His case was quite unique because, in a time when mostly severely affected people were being diagnosed with autism, he possessed the communication skills to tell others what it felt like to be behind the “wall." He had a “patchwork" education (which he credits for his writing skills) but he also has talents in other areas such as computers and design.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Dedication
Preface
Introduction
Foreword

PART I: MY LIFE WITH AUTISM

Chapter 1: I Leave My Home for a Home
Chapter 2: Interesting Associations in the Home
Chapter 3: I Re-Enter the World
Chapter 4: Discovering Autism
Chapter 5: What Autism Is To Me
Chapter 6: Professionals and More Ideas on Autism

PART II: POETRY, WRITINGS, IDEAS, AND THE FUTURE

Introduction to Poetry

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2003

    The most fascinating book I have read about autism!

    I am the mother of a 5 yr. old male w/autism (PDD). It took me a little time to adjust to the fact that my son had 'autism' once I was able to deal with it, I got on the internet and researched like I needed to know everything in one day! I have read many books and articles, I have attended seminars, and went to hear speakers, joined goup discussions, but before I read this book I have never really understood what my child was feeling, and how come he did not do or eat certain things even though he does not have a sensory problem. This book is absolutely amazing!!!! He told what it felt like being autistic and having people especially family (i.e mom and dad) not recognize it and deal with it! I always think I know how my son feels or what is going on with him but this man has brought it to the light! He was so on target with quite a few things my son does and does not do!!! My only recommendation is....get this book and read it...you won't want to put it down! I finished it in 2 days.....Reading this book has made me a stronger and more patient parent, and I thank GOD everyday for my son just the way he is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    Respect for the Autistic

    I am a mother of a 6 year old autistic boy. My life is lived day by day wondering how far into Christian's mind we can go to make him understand. Christian, my son, is high functioning, loving, and I think a genious. He's not a genious because he is incrediably smart, but because he is able to adjust to 'our world' allong with trying to adjust and escape his own. I think of how he must feel being placed in a society having to learn everything from scratch, where with us 'normal' people it comes so easy. Im crying as I write this. Thomas McKean makes me look at my son in such a different way. I've always looked at people for who they were, and if they were handicaped I'd want to help. But I look at Mr. McKean with respect, and facination. He molded 'his world' to be acceptable in ours, all on his own. (without knowing why his world was wrong or should I say different) It seems like everything that interrupts his way of living a normal life in our society was adjusted accordingly. I wish back when he was a child he had all that our children have, Early Intervention, OT, PT, Sensory Therapies. He is remarkable now, can you imagine what he could have been if he had a 'true' head start? I am so fortunate to have read his book and I am asking everyone I know to read it. I have so many theories on autism now. I would like to know more about the dark place, 'buffer zone' between our world and his, relating to my son. I just would like to thank him for being an advacate for our children. For this book, will be like many others as our children reach an adult life. But thanks Mr. McKean I personally am inspired and I would like to thank him for that!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2002

    Great Resource for Parents and Teachers

    Thomas McKean gives great advice and valuable insight for parents of autistic children. He understands how parents try so hard to be helpful for their children, and sometimes fall short for lack of understanding. Thomas gives an insider's view of what autism feels like as a child and as an adult. Thomas was a student of 'The Child Whisperer' author Matt Pasquinilli. Mr. Pasquinilli has worked with children and adults challenged by austism and aspergers syndrome, and speaks about it in his book. Get 'The Child Whisperer' for some great advice that compliments Thomas McKean's 'Soon will come the Light.'

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