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The Soul of Autism by William Stillman
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Aug 13, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: autism-spectrum, festival-of-suck
Read in August, 2009

So, clearly I should have looked at this book more closely before I checked it out. But I just saw "autism" and was like, oohh, cool! Because I work with kids with autism and I am interested in the autistic spectrum and I DO think many autistic people are wonderful and smart and great and there is a lot of false labelling and misunderstanding about people on the spectrum. But this book is laame, mostly b/c the main premise is that the author thinks autistic children have a special connection with God. I don't think they do.. mostly b/c I don't think ANYONE has a special connection with God, b/c I don't believe in God. This is my bias. Fine. But the book is kind of in a weird place b/c it's not really trying to be fiction, but at the same time, it's not really non-fiction, as I'd think even the author would have a hard time claiming any of the claims he makes in this book are really evidence-based. It's really anecdotal.. a lot of stories from parents saying their children are special. Which I'm sure they ARE. Butttt..not sure special is equal to having supernatural abilities and being like little windows to God or what the hell ever the author is claiming. And I'm pretty sure a child's parent is about the least objective source you could possibly find in regards to reporting scientifically about their children's behavior. Also not really understanding your telepathy arguments either. So, sorry. Not buying it, Mr. Stillman.
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Oriana ooof. this sounds hideous!

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