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How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move: Inside My Autistic Mind

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  789 ratings  ·  99 reviews
An astounding new work by the author of The Mind Tree that offers a rare insight into the autistic mind and how it thinks, sees, and reacts to the world. When he was three years old, Tito was diagnosed as severely autistic, but his remarkable mother, Soma, determined that he would overcome the problem by teaching him to read and write. The result was that between the ages ...more
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published January 9th 2008 by Arcade Publishing (first published 2008)
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Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay is an autistic 20 year old who now lives in Austin, Texas. He is completely non-verbal, but has 4 published books. There are a lot of books out there by people who have Asberger's syndrome, or high functioning autism, but this is the first book I have read by someone so severly afflicted. I would recommend this for anyone who knows someone with severe autism.

I ordered this on Interlibrary Loan after hearing it mentioned by Temple Grandin. Tito describes how he perceive
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Tito's book is a window into the inner workings of his autistic mind. I was intrigued by his perception of the world around him and how it affects him. He is mute and assimilates information differently, yet he is very intelligent. His mother explained complex concepts to him at an early age purely as an effort to model language and encourage him talk, yet he retained the repeated information and built on it thru the years. He states he was the only three year old who knew the definition of grav ...more
Marilyn Grey
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful insightful book filled with the promise of tomorrow and the beauty of each moment. The autistic mind is fragile, but more profound than anything most of us can fathom. To them, a light switch is opportunity, struggle, life defined in one single action. Life and death signified in light and darkness. Everything they see, touch, feel, taste, is accentuated and felt to the extreme. What beauty and tragedy can unfold with a single staircase. There is so much beauty in this simplisti ...more
Melissa Jill
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
The author of this book is an 18 year old with sever autism. He does not speak but can communicate extremely well through writing.

I enjoyed this book much more than the other I recently read by the same author -- The Mind Tree. This book was much more helpful in terms of a description of what it's like to have autism. I especially enjoyed hearing about how Tito learned various skills like writing, dressing himself and throwing a ball. This book is very helpful if you're seeking to understand so
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Moved me to tears.
Jillian Button
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anyone whose life has been touched by autism should give this a read.
Emily Ann Matchett
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tito proves that autistic people DO have creativity and self awareness. This book shows how important it is to treat all people with respect/dignity, even if non verbal, because you never know what is going on in their mind. You never know how your words might affect them. He describes his perceptions well and it’s just overall a fascinating read.

It’s a hard read because it exposes the underlying panic and anxiety that comes with some cases of autism, but he humanizes it. As someone who’s worki
Kait Thomp
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an occupational therapist, I have recommended this book to many of my colleagues. Tito gives us insight into his world as an individual who is classified as non-verbal through his written composition and poetry. Although each and every individual with or without a diagnosis of autism thinks and perceives the world entirely differently, Tito has essentially given a voice to so many individuals who are unable to communicate in a verbal or written manner. We cannot make assumptions about what pe ...more
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent book by young man with autism. His mother, Soma, has been recognized for educating him at home when living in India. Lots of great insights about the mind of a person with autism, some great parts in there about misconceptions, private schools, etc.
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
I am amazed at the capacity of the human spirit to rise above limitations. This book is poetic and inspiring.
Wajiha Khan
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
How can I talk if my lips don't move
A baffling tale of tito who was diagnosed with severe Autism at a petty age of 3.
This is also the story of a mother who worked against the wind to get her child accepted in a society where this disease was alien.
How does it feel to live in a world of shadows , colours and unexplained thoughts.
Having questions that no one can answer
Making people believe in the dilemmas the situations which are  providing them with  enough nightmares to struggle with each nigh
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read a book like this that delves into the mind of an autistic person so I found it quite fascinating and also rather miraculous he could not talk but was able to write thereby giving us this information. His mother is a saint and must not only be caring and understanding but very educated and able to teach him many things and to understand what was going on with him enough to not dismiss him as hopeless. It is an easy quick read and if you haven't read something like this before you wi ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books-read
I learned a great deal about the autistic mind when I read this book. It was written by a non-verbal autistic man and starts when he was three years old. It gave me insight about how his mind worked and how he saw things. Really interesting book, not sure if all autistic minds are like his but maybe. His mother was key to helping learn as much as he has. Well worth read.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This young man is incredibly self-aware; something not often thought of in the context of the non-verbal person with autism. It sounds like his mother pulled him into our world and spent hours and hours teaching him. I admire her patience and thank him for sharing this look into the world of autism.
Christine Snoad
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting insight to the autistic mind. The ability of the writer to communicate his thoughts and feelings really helps you understand what he was going through. It helps you understand some of the actions and behaviors of someone with autism. I think it is a great book for all but especially those working with the autistic population.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the most insightful book I’ve read in ages. Peppered with poetry, in relevant passages, this book is a first person perspective of what growing up with autism is like. Tito’s mother has patiently and determinedly helped Tito learn to communicate through writing, and what a gift he has. Highly recommend this book.
Janis Yue
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A poignant first-person account of living with a diagnosis of "severe"/"low-functioning"/non-verbal autism. As many mainstream accounts come from individuals who might be considered "high-functioning," it was refreshing to learn about Tito's perspective on everything from components of daily life to his take on cure perspectives of autism. ...more
Danni Green
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've sworn off reading books about autism by non-autistic authors, so I was happy to find this book which is about the author's own firsthand experience of autism. It is beautiful and I recommend it very much. ...more
Cindy Novak-delaurell
Interesting insight

Interesting insight that raised questions in my mind about what some of the people in my life experience. At times it was challenging to read as it doesn't flow in the way a Neuro-typical mind anticipates. Amazing self awareness and insight.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an eye-opening, ground-breaking, and moving account of the author's journey to make sense of growing up in our neuro-typical world. Highly recommended for anyone with a family member on the autism spectrum. ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Very interesting window into the mind of an autistic man.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A peek at comprehending

To the lay person an inside view of why. An unbelievable insight as to the everyday life to a person with autism.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing. Gave me new insights into those who perceive the world differently.
donna crombie
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't think much of this book. I just couldn't get into it. ...more
Lucy McCoskey
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
a severely autistic person who can't talk but who can write explains what he sees, senses, feels, smells...fascinating and enlightening ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting and quick read. UBN: A book with a body part in the title or A book set in India
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A very interesting memoir of autism by a man who gives the reader a taste of how he experiences the world as a nonverbal person.
Darby Morris
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed reading this and getting a better sense of his perspective. Would love to read more by this author.
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've worked with children on the Autistic Spectrum for over 15 years. Tito writes so wonderfully about his experiences, it really gives an insight into the many traits of autism. ...more
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolute a must read
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