The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism Hardcover – Mar 27 2012
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“There are gems in this unusual autism book.”—Booklist
“Readers will come away with an understanding that although children with autism cannot always speak, they have much to say. In addition, photos of many of today’s most popular stars will have broad appeal.”—Library Journal
“Winslet started up the Golden Hat Foundation as a way to generate money for the cause [of creating learning communities for autistic children]; she enlisted the support of famous faces who agreed to photograph themselves with Winslet's beatup trilby. . . . These are engaging, moving public gestures for a notable cause.”—Publishers Weekly
"A moving, sanguine labor of love."—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Kate Winslet is one of the world’s best known and best-loved Academy Award-winning actresses. She made her film debut at the age of seventeen and is the youngest actress ever to have received six Academy Award nominations. Kate has two children, Mia and Joe, and divides her time between New York and the UK.
Top Customer Reviews
Every so often I come across a book that moves me so deeply and is so personally valuable like a king's treasure and this book is one of them. People with autism have so much to contribute and, as do all people have the innate desire and need to communicate.
Keli, the youngest of 3 Thorsteinsson boys has autism. For years he was nonverbal and the so-called experts told Margaret Ericsdottir and her husband Thorstein not to expect much from their son as he was believed to be on a mental plane with a 2-year-old. When you dig deeper into that erroneous finding, never underestimate even a child that age. The toddler brain is absorbing language and a lot of brain development is taking place then. Sadly, nobody knew just how bright Keli was until he was closing in on his teens. Over time, it was discovered that Keli had a wide range of musical appreciation and was even a Beatles' fan!
The Golden Hat foundation, named by Keli is created to help people with autism and their families find communication tools. Good on Kate Winslet and all the others who banded forces to make the Golden Hat Foundation a reality. These kind people who have stepped up to the plate have paid it forward. Kate Winslet, in her series of e-mails to the author has shown a deep empathy for what family members of a loved one with autism confront and at all times she showed respect for Keli. Keli had the pleasure of meeting Kate Winslet in London during a film shooting.Read more ›
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Listening to Margret talk about how autism makes you look at life in a different light...no truer words could be spoken. When you see the "veil of autism" begin to be lifted slightly...there are no words to describe your emotions...and I could "feel" Margret's emotions in her email exchanges, and Kate was so receptive and communicatively on point, that I was able to hear her voice and her passion and excitement as I was reading.
In closing, although my son was able to "find his voice" and, despite the pediatric neurologist telling us that he would never "develop any useful language" he is now in his second year at our Community College. I've posted The Golden Hat link on our Facebook Book Page and I hope to keep the momentum going for this passionate dream of Margret, Kate and - I'm sure I speak for - all parents of nonverbal children.
Sincerely, Linda Burns, Author of "Beating the Odds at Autism" One Family's Winning Hand.
If you've ever wondered how some people have such incredible passion for a purpose, read the book and the email exchange between Kate and Margret. It will have you jumping out of the chair and eager to support their cause. Besides the email exchange, which by the way also reveals what's in Keli's (Margret's autistic son) magnificent mind, there are firsthand accounts from newly verbal autistic people, and candid photos and quotes from many Hollywood folks wearing Keli's golden hat. A class act!! If you care about giving these gifted people a chance at life, buy the book and support the foundation. This noble and worthy cause needs the highest possible attention.
In the book Kate says "People with Autism have the potential to achieve great things, but only when given the appropriate support and education". I have seen this first hand and in fact, a few weeks ago went to an event where a 20 year old autistic young man gave his account of growing up with autism. When he was 3, his parents were told he would never speak. After successful behavioral therapy, love, support and education (including making the football team in high school, now living a socially active life and just recently making the dean's list in college), he is living testimony that the support and education that Kate and Margret are striving for works. His story is documented (by his mom, his sister and himself) in the recently released book "Beating the Odds at Autism: One Family's Winning Hand". Both books highly recommended!!
BUY THIS BOOK. Give it as gifts to everyone on your list. And believe that we can give our most vulnerable and challenged kids and adults the respect, safety, dignity and opportunity to contribute in the world that we would hope for ourselves and our typical children. The new face of autism is here. Their voices are emerging from the silence. Are we listening?
Lynn Morgan Rosser
Author of "The Complete Caregiver Journal Workbook" for parents of special needs / medically fragile children
and mom to two awesome boys, one with severe autism, and the other with HLHS, a severe congenital heart defect
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