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
In this unsparing but affecting account of remarkable Toronto teenager Carly Fleischmann, it's clear that while most people take the ability to communicate for granted, for Fleischmann it defines her daily struggles and miraculous successes. Early on, Carly, a twin, is lagging behind her sister, neither talking nor crawling. She is diagnosed as pervasively developmentally delayed, a spectrum of disorders that includes autism. Her doctors believe she will always be below average intellectually and eventually need a group home. For the family, this begins a decade of chaos: endless physical and speech therapy, battles with the government over health coverage, and untenable exhaustion as they try to make sense of a condition that has no cure and keep the rest of the family from fracturing irreparably. Of this time of hopelessness her father writes, "his was not a life but a slow demise." After years of silence, a transformative moment occurs when Carly expresses herself by typing on her voice-output device for the first time. Finally they are getting to know her. "I felt like we were discovering the lost city of Angkor," her father writes. Although Carly's typing is sporadic at times and her uncontrollable impulses, OCD, and insomnia are ever present, the world has opened up for her. In this inspiring story, Carly has a bat mitzvah, starts attending mainstream gifted classes, and has become an autism spokesperson.
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Awesomeness!!! Just like Carly! This book has given me so much more hope! So much more energy to keep going with helping my daughter when there have been times that I feel we had no hope. So much more to think about the alertness we need to have when they are in someone else's care, in regards to their safe being. This family is truly blessed to have all the support they have and the amazing daughter that has proved to all of us that there so much more we CAN do to help! Her sister and brother are amazing to always have been there for their sister without looking at her as the "Cinderella" of the family! God bless you all and keep on amazing you and us with more great achievements from our beautiful "elephants"! :)
An exceptionally touching book
This book will lead you through the struggles of a family and daughter struggling to find her voice behind the prison of Autism. I strongly recommend this book for all parents of an Autistic child no matter where on the spectrum they fall.
Exceptional book! This book puts a new perspective on an old issue. I can't wait to read the next book! Carley and her family are a 2 thumbs up!!