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Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  1,783 ratings  ·  288 reviews
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
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Touchstone (first published March 17th 2012)
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My feelings are always a little torn about books like this one -- the "autism miracle" memoir. I've read many, many of them and to me, as the parent of a severely autistic boy, they can be both encouraging and hugely discouraging. It's great to see the enormous strides that kids can make with the right intervention. However, not all kids respond in the same ways to the same treatments. It is to the Fleischmanns' credit that they do not suggest otherwise in this book. Unlike some other books of i ...more

"...Carly's affliction was like a blob of mercury: visible and dense and real, but try to grab it and it jumped from our grasp."

Every now and then I decide to read a book about autism. Sometimes I pick a book to learn new strategies or methods, while other times I pick a book that I know I will find inspiring. Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism fell into both categories. I was definitely inspired by Carly's plight; however, I also learned a surprising amount of information. Even though the
Although this isn't the most well-written book, it is definitely a must-read for anyone interested in autism. The first half is a bit of a slog, but we need to read through the tedious medical testing, psychologists' visits, and hours of therapy in order to understand how amazing Carly Fleischmann is. The sections she wrote are hilarious and insightful, and I commend the entire family for being brave enough to share their story with the world. Carly's father Arthur, who wrote the majority of the ...more
Bea Seaotter
Clearly I am in the minority, but I really disliked this book. I gave it two stars rather than one, only because if you can wade through the thing and manage to take in Carly's story without being bogged down by the tedium or the ablest tone, then perhaps it is worth a read?

The book is a slog, to be sure: filled with trite similes, boring doctor's reports, and a seemingly rote recitation of the sequence of events; it is poorly written and in desperate need of revision and editing. And, while the
Kristy Trauzzi
I thought the book was co-written. Or that it had more from Carly. But it didn't. And that kinda sucks.
For some reason when reading it I really didn't like the Dad. And I can't put my finger on why. It wasn't because he tried to play "super dad" or that he got frustrated and yelled at (because of) Carly. I almost felt like he was writing it more for a financial gain than to try and promote either autism awareness or the AWESOME accomplishment that Carly was able to do. But, I can't really find
Luanne Ollivier
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 memo
Susan Hatch
OH MY GOODNESS! This was probably the best book I've read in a long time.

I was lead to a YouTube video on Carly by a friend and that lead me to this book. This book is about a young girl, a twin in fact, who suffers from autism. And not her twin, sadly. Her parents were amazing supports to her and tried every type of education they could get. The dad often lay beside Carly at night to keep her calm but she was so disturbed in her sleep patterns that he got little sleep. She had no verbal skills
Lydia LaPutka
This book was hard to rate because the information was great but the delivery was not so great. Carly's story is certainly one written to inspire and give hope to other parents who have children with autism, particularly those children who are non-verbal. I absolutely admire and honor what this family has accomplished!

The message, "Don't give up . . . ever!" is great. I do believe that oftentimes the abilities of disabled students are underestimated. It's a tragedy, really. I enjoyed the fact t
I wasn't looking for this book, it just caught my eye one evening as I was walking in Chapters with my kids. The book seemed inspirational, and I was in the mood to be inspired. I don't know anything about autism nor do I know anyone who has autism, yet I couldn't help but read through this book so quickly. I looked forward to every page as the Fleischmann family took on the challenges of living with Carly. I also enjoyed Mr. Fleischmann's honest writings, his descriptions of personal feelings, ...more
Julie O
Early reviews of Carly's Voice tout it as a "must-read for those living with autism". I personally place this book amidst the many other great memoirs I have read - and I have no doubt it will eventually become one of the big celebrity memoirs, too.
For me, a huge part of the book is how it depicts a very real and beautiful family story. Picture the Fleischmanns standing together, arms linked in a tight, not always comfortable, circle. Five people looking in at each other with intelligent, compas
Holli  Ronquillo
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Carly's story is amazing, and it should definitely be told. But something about her father's telling of it didn't work for me.

He went on and on about how horrible and difficult their lives were because of Carly's condition (autism). While I sympathize (and empathize a bit, too), it bothered me for two reasons. 1. I'm sure Carly doesn't enjoy knowing that her father complains about her for an entire book. 2. This family appeared to have a nanny and the
I was looking forward to reading this book to find out how the "family and autistic child" really feels. it was truly enlightening. We see from one end. while they live it daily. Im grateful that the Fleishman's wrote this book and I highly recommend that all families who work with or live with autistic children/adults read this book. We are NOT alone. There are resources out thete, but you need to tee educate yourselves and get the assistance you need. i wush Carly the best of luck in her futur ...more
This book reaffirms what I already believe as an educator working with children on the spectrum--that they are smart and capable and that we have to encourage them to get their voices heard. Carly's story isn't remarkable because she is the only smart nonverbal person with autism. There are many smart people whom we underestimate because of their differences. However, she is one of the few to whom people are listening. hopefully her father's story will inspire people to listen more carefully to ...more
Jalon Fowler
AMAZING! Thank you to the Fleischmann family for candidly sharing their journey! As a mom of a kids w/ASD, I am very thankful to Carly for shedding light on some important yet mysterious things about autism - audio filtering, stimming, etc.. I am so happy that Carly found her inner voice and really believe this to be one of the most influential and amazing stories I have ever read!
My rating is for the storytelling more than the writing. As the parent of a nonverbal child with autism, so much of these experiences mirror my own. And Carly's breakthroughs and progress give me hope for my own daughter. This book is honest, and because of that, it was hard to read at times, but it's a better book for the lack of sugar coating.
This book is the greatest example of why presuming competency is SO IMPORTANT. The first part of the book made me very upset as it was all about how Carly's family thought she was slow, they talked about her in front of her, sent her to places she didn't like going. They treated her like so many disabled people are treated: like pets with no thoughts or opinions. Once Carly was able to communicate they realized how intelligent and human she was. This needs to be the view of all disabled people. ...more
Arlene Lauper
This is an incredible book! I believe EVERYONE needs to listen to this audiobook. There are so many people affected by Autism in someway or another and this father/daughter duo opens the world's eyes to the reality of what it's like for the family & child living with Autism experience. Carly Fleischmann is an amazing young woman who lives with severe Autism, and despite that, she is such an inspiration to all. Her first person account of what day-to-day life is like for her is so insightful. ...more
Reads like a suspense-novel! Such an eyeopener on autism! Highly recommend this book!
It was definitely an interesting journey. The author is Carly's father and steps you through her early childhood and diagnosis and the struggles a parent faces when bringing up a child who doesn't understand anything going on around them who will randomly scream and is barely able to accomplish simple tasks like getting dressed.

Throughout all of Carly's childhood her teachers are trying to find ways to help her communicate her basic needs and feelings, but it's not until she is entering her teen
This book has given me a lot to think about. I appreciate the honesty of Arthur Fleischmann and think his and his wife's journey and feelings as parents of a non-verbal autistic are important to share. But that is not the main message of this book. The message to really take in is Carly's. There are accounts of Autism going back centuries and in 2012 Carly Fleischmann showed that what we thought WAS WRONG. They are locked inside themselves, unable to speak, unable to ask for help, and all this t ...more
This book is a real page-turner. Heart-wrenching in its honesty, the reader is taken through the lives of a family living with a child (now teen) with a poorly-understood diagnosis. The reader feels Mr. Fleischmann and his wife's frustrations, anger, and joy as he tells the story of his nonverbal and autistic daughter, who it was thought would never understand the world around her, spontaneously begin to type. Through her communications her therapists, family, and the reader learn what it feels ...more
Annie Feng
I spent 8 hours today starting and finishing this book, and I am truly overwhelmed.

Sometimes when schoolwork overwhelms me, and/or I feel lost in life, I need a kick in my behind to remind me why I'm doing what I'm doing. It's for people like Carly, not just ASD individuals, but mental abnormalities in general have been neglected for long enough. This book really does reaffirm all my reasons to pursue neuropsychology.

On the other hand, the book had no general theme or thesis. A lot of the book
I really appreciated Arthur's brutal honesty in the writing of this book... he is not an author by trade, but he did an amazing job. Between his candid recounting of his experiences, and the way he wove in Carly's perspective from conversations she had with him and others throughout the years, I was captivated with their struggles and successes. She contributed the final chapter, which is the crowning jewel of the book. I highly recommend Carly's Voice, especially if you know someone with autism ...more
Elizabeth Barrier
An amazing and fascinating glimpse into the mind of somebody struggling with non-verbal autism.
I was relieved to find that this book was not about some type of autism miracle, be it the ethereal or medical type. Instead what we have is an amazing young girl who was able to put "it" all together and communicate with the outside world.
Having worked with students with autism much in the same range as Carly, I felt the book was a wonderful validation of a lot of the work that my coworkers and I do as well as offering several teachable moments for us teachers. Many of the examples, challenges
I ended up getting this from Amazon after listening to an old Radiolab about autism - which has been a bit of an interest of mine, as a teacher, for awhile now, ever since I did some continuing education credits in an autism for teachers class. I found Arthur's account of Carly's story to be refreshing, actually, without all the classic "we are so blessed to have such a unique child" crap and actual sincerity about how difficult it was to even function with a child that required round-the-clock, ...more
I was hoping to read more of Carly's account of her life prior to spelling and her skill development after learning spelling. I was disappointed that most of the book is her father's writing and her father's narrative.

I was shocked to read Carly's father's account of leaving Carly out of vacations, not because I was surprised that a parent would do that, but because he wrote about it as if he didn't regret it. In later chapters, he makes it clear that he does regret such choices, but I wish he
I originally connected through this through a video of Carly on Youtube. With a 5 year old son with Autism(non-verbal) I was extremely interested. On one side of the story it is both inspiring and amusing and heartwarming. Although it comes at a cost of a lot of frustration, time and money. Much of the first half is of Arthur's point of view of a parent coping and battling Autism and other issues Carly has. They had to deal Canadian health care and education system to assist. The second half we ...more
Elizabeth Huff
Carly's story is truly amazing and also heartbreaking. She has autism and is non verbal but has learned to communicate with the help of technology allowing her to spell out what she wants to say. There have been news programs about her, but none of which compare to the full story of the struggle both her and all around her have been through and all the work they have put in to get her where she is. Students with disabilities are truly exceptional and there's nothing like hearing it directly from ...more
A book that describes autism in it's fiercest form, a miracle breakthrough but certainly not a miracle "cure". The voice of a father is a nice change, but like many autism miracle books leaves those who identify and understand because they are living the same life feeling both encouraged and inadequate, wondering where their child's voice is hiding. this family had incredible resources and support through their daughters childhood that most families do not.
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“Carly grabbed at Howard, who was in the driver’s seat, while she was buckled in behind him. She flopped back in the seat of the car over and over, screaming and crying, throwing herself hard against the constraints of the safety belt. “What’s wrong? What’s going on?” they asked over and over. When they finally arrived at Barb’s several minutes later and turned off the car, Carly calmed sufficiently to respond. “You need a seat belt,” Carly observed. Sheepishly, Howard acknowledged he hadn’t fastened his when leaving our house.” 0 likes
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