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
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.