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Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism [Hardcover]

Arthur Fleischmann
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March 27 2012
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. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough.

While working with her devoted therapists Howie and Barb, Carly reached over to their laptop and typed in “HELP TEETH HURT,” much to everyone’s astonishment.

This was the beginning of Carly’s journey toward self-realization. Although Carly still struggles with all the symptoms of autism, which she describes with uncanny accuracy and detail, she now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her family, her therapists, and the many thousands of people who follow her via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

In Carly’s Voice, her father, Arthur Fleischmann, blends Carly’s own words with his story of getting to know his remarkable daughter. One of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of living with autism, it brings readers inside a once-secret world and in the company of an inspiring young woman who has found her voice and her mission.

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"Carly's Voice makes it very clear that a non-verbal person with autism has a rich inner life. Typing independently enabled Carly to express wit, explain her sensory problems, and show that a good mind has been freed." --Temple Grandin

"I have learned more from Carly about autism than any doctor or 'expert,' and she has helped me understand and connect with my son in ways I couldn't have imagined. Her book takes the autism conversation to new places and disproves the ridiculous notion that non-verbal people with autism don't have feelings and thoughts or are unintelligent. Carly is--for me--autism's fiercest and most valuable advocate." --Holly Robinson Peete, actress, author, and autism advocate

Carly's Voice is the wishful slogan of a movement. Autism has spoken, and a new day has dawned. Carly's story is a triumph.” --Richard M. Cohen, author of Strong at the Broken Places and Blindsided

“In this unsparing but affecting account . . . it’s clear that while most people take the ability to communicate for granted, for Fleischmann it defines her daily struggles and miraculous successes. . . . [An] inspiring story.” –Publishers Weekly

“To read along as [Carly] expresses her feelings in conversations with her father is almost as stunning as when she writes of life inside her autistic head. . . . Both heart-wrenching and deeply inspiring.” –Kirkus Reviews

“For anyone who’s ever fallen in love with their child, misjudged a person, had their heart broken and then restored, Carly's Voice is for you. Wise beyond her years, Carly takes us inside her world—a young girl who cannot speak, but has more to say than anyone I’ve ever met. This book is exquisitely written with courage, honesty, and, most of all, love. I’ve never read anything like it.” —Monica Holloway, author of Cowboy & Wills and Driving with Dead People


“Throughout Arthur Fleischmann’s exceptional memoir about his and wife Tammy’s experience raising a
child with severe autism, it is the plaintive “voice” of the wordless-from-birth Carly that resonates. . . . It is Carly’s chapter, written in her words, and her charm that set this memoir apart.” –Booklist (starred review)

“A well-written story of one family’s struggle, perseverance, and triumph in helping a child with autism find her voice. This book will benefit people with autism, their families, and all who interact with them.” –Library Journal

“[Carly’s] explanation of what it feels like—emotionally and physically—to have autism is eye-opening. Quite frankly, I think [her] chapter should be required reading for our society, especially as we head into Autism Awareness Month.” --Parents.com

“Witty, sarcastic, and heartfelt, Carly’s words shine with personality and intellect, her strength and determination adding sparkle and hope.” --New York Journal of Books

About the Author

Arthur Fleischmann is the founder and president of john st. advertising and lives with his wife, Tammy, and their two other children in Toronto, Canada. Visit CarlysVoice.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I had hoped for more of Carly's typing and input into the book.
The Dad does a good job describing the many downs and some ups of having an autistically mute daughter.
An entralling book i could not leave alone.
A good read for anyone interested in what autism is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration True Story Jan. 30 2014
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Carly Fleischmann is an inspiration to all families along the autism journey. To be told as a child that she would never function in society or be able to live outside of a facility, and now to be attending University classes is incredible.

This book gives people an idea what autism families go through on a daily basis to give our children the best chance at a "normal" life that we can.

I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in an inside look at an autism family, a candid look at what people really feel, even if it doesn't seem appropriate to say.

I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Binky
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From all of the books I've read . . . on Autism.

This is the most amazing because of how it's written (by the father of an autistic child).

The ongoing adventure and record of his daughter's life is absolutely fascinating. As Carly starts to type through facilitated communication, we begin to know how deeply she cares and feels about her life, her family and her thoughts on the world.

As a parent of an autistic child (even though he speaks, he is unable to bring his thoughts clearly forward. I know there is an enormous amount of knowledge and feeling that he is not yet able to communicate.

Reading 'Carly's Voice' brings the hope that my son will continue to evolve and let us know more about his inner life.

A must read for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Nov. 12 2012
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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 memoir recounted by a father and his autistic daughter.

Arthur and his wife Tammy are overjoyed when they give birth to twin daughters. With son Matthew their family is complete. Taryn meets her milestones and thrives.....but, Carly doesn't. Carly is non verbal and severely autistic. What follows is an exhaustive tale of appointments, diagnoses, therapies, frustrations, and more. (Mom Tammy is fighting cancer as well.) I just could not even begin to fathom what the Fleishmanns went through. Arthur and Tammy are tireless advocates; determined to do whatever they can to help their daughter.

"Carly has autism. Three short words must suffice to explain a tome of weird behaviours and limitations. It's a shorthand for Carly-is-different-she-acts-in-odd-ways-she-loves-taking-off-her-clothes-especially-if-what-she-is-wearing-has-a-spot-of-water-on-it-she-likes repetitive-motion-like-that-of-a-swing-she doesn't speak. We didn't know what Carly knew and what she was incapable of knowing. She made odd movements and sounds and covered her ears when it was noisy. She cried often. And she never, ever stopped moving. Never."

And, in one of those 'what if we hadn't' moments....Carly types...Help Teeth Hurt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening April 14 2014
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This was the first book I purchased for myself since high school and oh my josh, I cried I laughed and it was truly insiteful. Carly and her family are the pioneers for autism funding and awareness. I have a 4 year old son who is autistic and nonverbal this book truly helped me understand so many things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever! Feb. 25 2014
By Erin C.
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Absolutely LOVED this book!!! If you ever have questions about Autism this is a great book to read and tells a beautiful story. So Glad I bought it, but hate that Im done reading it already!! Great read for anyone with chronic illness or disabilites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Dec 29 2013
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This is an amazing story!! I recommend thus book to anyone with a child with Autism. It is real and inspiring!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely must read for ALL. Nov. 7 2013
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This book is amazing and is a must read for everyone! People are scard of others they consider different. Autism is so misunderstood along with many other mental illnesses. There is a young women in our church with autism who connects to me and few others in our church. Why? Because I speak to her as an equal with gentleness and respect. Now after reading Carly's Voice I thank God for the insight to do that. I'm not keen on 'Super Hero's but if I could meet anyone I would consider a Super Hero it would be Carly and Arthur Fleischman. Sorry I can't remember the Mom's name off the top but definitely her too.
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