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The Hidden World of Autism Review by Christine FieldRebecca Chilvers
Jessiga Kingsler Publishers
116 Pentonville Road
London N1 9JB, UK
400 Market Street, Suite 400
Phidelphia, PA 19106
In a unique combining of research and the reflections of 21 children, Rebecca Chilvers gives us an educated glimpse into the world of the child with autism. The reader comes away from this book with knowledge and compassion--a rare accomplishment for a nonfiction book.
Children of all ages contributed both their writing and their artwork on these subjects: "What's so different about me"; "School"; "Me, my friends and my family"; "Those things I do--obsessions and special interests"; and "The future." As I read this book, I sensed the everyday joys and frustrations experienced by these kids. It is a world I have only limited knowledge of, and the honesty and beauty of this book has enriched me.
If your family has been touched by autism, you will be educated and enlightened by this book.