With hundreds of publications already written on the subject of Autism, to call a book “The Answer Book” may sound presumptuous. Yet this book really does stand alone in the mix.
First, it is interesting to note that the author is a man who has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism. In the introduction he explains:
“This handbook is the first question and answer primer in which autism, in all its mystery and beauty, is decoded, deconstructed, and respectfully explained by someone who, for the most part, has been through it”
He goes on to present the format as “ supporting your understanding in the same way that your child might if he could sit you down and walk you through it every step of the way”. This alone makes this book a true comfort.
Secondly, the questions found in the chapters were submitted by parents who are trying to guide their special children through life. The questions are both simple and important and each one is answered with personal and professional knowledge and genuine compassion.
Perhaps the most important theme in the book is that of presumed intellect. And with this comes a deep respect for how these children think and learn and feel. Mr. Stillman helps the parent to see their child with autism as a beautiful gift to the world, a treasure that needs to be unlocked and revealed.
If your child has been diagnosed with autism or someone you love is trying to come to terms with parenting a special child, this book would bring solace and guidance.