Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism

Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism


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Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur Fleischmann

In this international bestseller, father and advocate for Autism awareness Arthur Fleischmann blends his daughter Carly’s own words with his story of getting to know his remarkable daughter—after years of believing that she was unable to understand or communicate with him.

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Carly remained largely unreachable through the years. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough.

While working with her devoted therapists, Carly reached over to their laptop and typed “HELP TEETH HURT,” much to everyone’s astonishment. Although Carly still struggles with all the symptoms of autism, she now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her family and her many thousands of supporters online.

One of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of living with autism, Carly’s Voice brings readers inside a once-secret world in the company of an inspiring young woman who has found her voice and her mission

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439194157
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 104,494
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Arthur Fleischmann lives with his wife, Tammy Starr, and their three children, Matthew, Taryn, and Carly, in Toronto, Canada, where he is partner and president of john st. advertising.

Carly Fleischmann lives in Toronto, Canada, and attends a mainstream high school where she is enrolled in gifted classes. She corresponds with her thousands of friends and followers via Twitter and Facebook. Visit her at

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Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
BeckyFS More than 1 year ago
As a reader, I think this book is enlightening and inspiring. I am grateful for Carly opening her life and her struggle for the general public to learn and to witness. As the parent of a child with autism, I found the financial and resource discrepancy between Carly's family and many families in this situation start to grind. The list of advantages quickly left me feeling detached from this family: full-time nanny, upper middle-class home/neighborhood, full-time (and weekend) therapists, summer camps for all the children, attorneys, vacations, and people giving up time and resources in every crisis.) Instead of feeling hopeful, I quit reading at page 223 when a neighbor offers to renovate her house to accommodate Carly living there four days a week. I know it may sound harsh, even envious--it is. But I wanted to hear about a regular family's triumph over autism--I hoped to hear about how we, too, may overcome autism. But without even a fraction of these resources, I am left feeling helpless. My husband and I haven't gone on a date in two years. Friends and family shake their heads and "tsk, tsk" over our situation, but no one offers us three hours A MONTH, let alone home renovations. I'm just not sure who the audience is for this book. Mostly because I don't personally know of any family with these resources. I would just caution other autism parents wanting to read a story about family struggle to be aware of this element to the book. Could Carly have improved enough to communicate if she didn't have 24/7 professional staff for the first 10 years of her life? Could her parents have stayed married if they didn't have four days a week without her home? My intent is not to trash the family. It's great that they were able to give their daughter and family so much. My intent is to say that had I known this part of the story, I doubt I would have purchased this book. It left me feeling depressed about what I can offer my child and hopeless for such a recovery for him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have autism, care for someone with autism or just know someone with autism,you need to read this book. This book tells the story of a family struggling with a child with severe autism, and their daughter's amazing development of independent written communication. Through Carly's inciteful and articulate descriptions, we learn why people with autism exhibit the classic autistic behaviors, and we learn that the "experts" are wrong about many of them. Carly is an amazing girl that will give any family struggling with autism the hope and encouragement they need to keep fighting for the therapies and services their children need. Carly's message is strong. Never give up, and never assume a child with autism isn't listening and learning. Every person with autism has an internal voice struggling to be heard.
coralieLT More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, whether you know someone with autism or not. It is well written, captivating, and extremely touching. It inspires parents to do everything possible to help their children, to find their "inner voice". Carly is explaining her struggles and gives insight about autism. Plus I can't believe how funny she is! Must read!
LisaRAutismMom More than 1 year ago
This is a phenomenal story, everyone needs to read this book whether affected by autism or not. Arthur does a fantastic job sharing his side from a Father's point of view, gut wrenchingly honest and overflowing with pride. Carly is the voice of autism, she is a gift to all of us parents who are looking for answers on what our children are experiencing and her pursuit to bring autism to the public conversation is something we should all appreciate! I couldn't agree with her more, we have to believe in our children and keep working with them to help their voices be heard, however they manifest themselves. Thank you Arthur and Carly for sharing your story with the world!
CuttinUpMom More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. If you know someone that is Autistic or just want to understand what someone with Autism goes through, this book will open your mind and heart. Thank you Carly and family for sharing your story with us. Carly is a bright young intelligent woman. She has done more to open eyes on Autism than any doctor could ever do. Check out Carly's Facebook page, she will make you laugh.
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HFAgrl More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Carly Fleischmann and I felt this book was well written. Although most of the book was written by her father I felt it does a good job representing Carly's perspective. Even though Carly is considered on the opposite end of the spectrum from myself, I felt I could relate to her and feel great sympathy for her. The overall message of this book is just because someone with autism is nonverbal doesn't mean they don't have anything going on their brain or are unintelligent. Five stars for this well written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like Carly, it is very difficult to express what this story meant to me as the parent of a child with autism. Empathy and understanding for everyone in the family; appreciation to Carly for helping me to better understand the difficulties my son experiences daily and hope that maybe some day.......
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Twink More than 1 year ago
There have been many fiction books released that feature an autistic protagonist - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend and just recently Love Anthony. I've read all three and really enjoyed them. Each author has brought their own 'version' of Autism and Autism spectrum to the written page. But Arthur Fleischmann and his daughter Carly Fleischmann bring more than an imagined protagonist to the written page. Carly's Voice is an absolutely riveting memoir recounted by a father and his autistic daughter. Arthur and his wife Tammy are overjoyed when they give birth to twin daughters. With son Matthew their family is complete. Taryn meets her milestones and thrives.....but, Carly doesn't. Carly is non verbal and severely autistic. What follows is an exhaustive tale of appointments, diagnoses, therapies, frustrations, and more. (Mom Tammy is fighting cancer as well.) I just could not even begin to fathom what the Fleishmanns went through. Arthur and Tammy are tireless advocates; determined to do whatever they can to help their daughter. "Carly has autism. Three short words must suffice to explain a tome of weird behaviours and limitations. It's a shorthand for Carly-is-different-she-acts-in-odd-ways-she-loves-taking-off-her-clothes-especially-if-what-she-is-wearing-has-a-spot-of-water-on-it-she-likes repetitive-motion-like-that-of-a-swing-she doesn't speak. We didn't know what Carly knew and what she was incapable of knowing. She made odd movements and sounds and covered her ears when it was noisy. She cried often. And she never, ever stopped moving. Never." And, in one of those 'what if we hadn't' moments....Carly types...Help Teeth Hurt. Although Carly was able to point to pictures for what she wanted, no one had any idea that she was able to communicate in this fashion. And at last Carly has a voice - she is finally able to 'speak'. But Carly's story doesn't end there - her fight to control her body, her desire to live like any other teenage girl, her family's dedication to helping Carly be the best she can be is an ongoing, uphill battle. And you won't believe the places it's take far. "What keeps us moving forward? Sometimes its just inertia. But we keep sight of Carly's dream to be accepted. She wants to live life fully, accomplish great things, and not be pitied. She just wants to be understood. What else can we do? We get up in the morning when the alarm goes off. And never accept 'no' or maybe." I really couldn't put the book down. I was so humbled and inspired by Carly. As I type this up using all of my fingers, I am struck by the image of Carly labouriously typing one letter at a time with one finger while trying to control her body's spasms. Carly is an inspiration to all, but especially to those who are living with, coping with or touched by autism. For those who haven't got a clue - it's an eye opener. Highly recommended. . "I am an autistic girl but autism doesn't define who I am or how I'm going to live my life." Carly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book opened my eyes to so much about Autism and how it really affects those suffering with it. A great read! Truly inspirational to those of us living a typical life and taking advantage!
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I have worked with children with Autism, Seizure Disorders, Downs Syndrome, etc... beautiful children. This book was absolutely amazing. It really opened my eyes. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it and have recommended it to everyone I know. I have friends with children with special needs, and I think Carly's story will really hit home and help them in some way. So grateful to have read this. Thank you for her family for sharing this beautiful girl with the world!
LIZARD66 More than 1 year ago
I have to say, first off, that I love this book. It's well-written, allowed me to "see" Carly's struggle and ultimate triumph, and it gave me great insight into life with autism. I am mom to a wonderful young man who was diagnosed at 2 1/2 and is now almost 18. My son is verbally-limited; he has the expressive ability of a child approximately half his age, and it's often difficult for me to determine what he feels and needs. I deeply appreciate all that Carly shares with all of us in regard to what it's like to deal with all that autism does to the mind, senses, and body, and I have sensory issues myself, due to another neurological condition. I also like that Carly's father tells the story from his point of view and shares his concerns and fears as well as excitement as Carly learns to express herself. Fathers are often forgotten, so getting his thoughts is of great value. I said 4 stars because, as someone else pointed out, the family clearly has access to resources so many of us do not. My son is in excellent therapies and doing very well because of them. However, his school has been very uncooperative at challenging him and seeing a future for him, and I believe it has cost him. I also would have liked to have heard more about how the family's dynamic was affected as a whole by Carly's autism. What about when she ruined personal possessions? How do you explain that to a young child? How do you explain differences in discipline? Lastly, her mother fought serious illness more than once in the book. I know my own health issues--not anywhere near as serious, at least at the moment--have had a significant impact on both my kids and their ability to live as kids. I also know my son worries when I'm not well. What was this like for Carly and her siblings? In spite of those two issues, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and learned a great deal from it. I recommend it to anyone looking for a story of hope, courage, and inspiration, especially in dealing with serious disability. You will be greatly inspired and enlightened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a mother of a child suffering from Autism this book was profoundly personal for me however I believe that Carly, her story, her parents and all who have done for them over the last 16 years are no less than incredible. This book is a must read for ALL, it doesn't matter if autism is a part of your daily life because this story is about much more than autism. If you want to be inspired, if you want to be changed, read Carly's Voice!
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This book is such an honest true to life chronicle of the struggles to do the best for a child with autism. Not only autism but non verbal and unable to let any one know about any of her needs. The amount of effort on everyones part, parents, teachers, aba therapists, psychiatrists, doctors and of course Carly herself is astounding. I learned alot about the struggle of trying to get appropriate education and placement for a child with autism. The honest and open communication that the whole team has with Carly and Carly has with them gives so much hope to all effected with autism.
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Mickjagger1967 More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! It was honestly written and I could really relate to the father. With 1 in 88 children now being diagnosed on the spectrum it is so important for people to understand what autism is also to understand what it is not. I found Carly to have a strong personality and such a dry scence of humor. Her intelligence, desires, and wit really dispel the myths of autism. Carly and her family are an inspiration to me ! Tracey
Cheryl4 More than 1 year ago
Carly's Voice is an amazing story that sheds so much light on the diagnosis of autism both from the individual's perspective and the family's. I thank Carly and her dad for sharing their story with us. I laughed, I cried and most importantly, I was inspired to push harder to help my students find their "inner voice".