Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism

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Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism

by Arthur Fleischmann

Touchstone | June 6, 2014 | Hardcover

Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism is rated 5 out of 5 by 7.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: June 6, 2014

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439194149

ISBN - 13: 9781439194140

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from If Only Every Story Ended Like This This is such an inspiring story because it takes you into the home of a family struggling to do the best for their child with Autism. This family went above and beyond to find Carly's voice, and fortunately they found it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it 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. Although Carly was able to point to pictures for what she wanted, no one had any idea that she was able to communicate in this fashion. And at last Carly has a voice - she is finally able to 'speak'. But Carly's story doesn't end there - her fight to control her body, her desire to live like any other teenage girl, her family's dedication to helping Carly be the best she can be is an ongoing, uphill battle. And you won't believe the places it's take her....so far. "What keeps us moving forward? Sometimes its just inertia. But we keep sight of Carly's dream to be accepted. She wants to live life fully, accomplish great things, and not be pitied. She just wants to be understood. What else can we do? We get up in the morning when the alarm goes off. And never accept 'no' or maybe." I really couldn't put the book down. I was so humbled and inspired by Carly. As I type this up using all of my fingers, I am struck by the image of Carly labouriously typing one letter at a time with one finger while trying to control her body's spasms. Carly is an inspiration to all, but especially to those who are living with, coping with or touched by autism. For those who haven't got a clue - it's an eye opener. Highly recommended. "I am an autistic girl but autism doesn't define who I am or how I'm going to live my life." Carly.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read story of triumph An amazing story of human spirit. This book had me laughing, crying, angry and laughing again. Thank you Arthur and Carly for sharing your voices and changing my perception on what life with autism is really like. This book should be required reading for all Canadians.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read whether or not you have been affected by autism in your life Carly's Voice was one of those books that makes you look forward to going to bed. The story of how this little girl and her family triumphed over such challenges with super human perseverance and will is motivation for anyone to overcome any type of life challenges or goals/dreams for themselves. The manner in which it is written is down to earth, humorous and humble which humanizes the story despite the extreme circumstances. Carly is an inspiration to us all - the amount of work and dedication she puts forth in this world is admirable and I could only hope to achieve a smidgen of what she has done. I hope book #2 will be soon to follow!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible this is a must read. I am in awe of this family and this woman in particular. Thank you for being honest. I have laughed and I have cried while reading this book. Rest assured Carly that you have changed the world
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Inspiring Must Read This is a phenomenal story, everyone needs to read this book whether affected by autism or not. Arthur does a fantastic job sharing his side from a Father's point of view, gut wrenchingly honest and overflowing with pride. Carly is the voice of autism, she is a gift to all of us parents who are looking for answers on what our children are experiencing and her pursuit to bring autism to the public conversation is something we should all appreciate! I couldn't agree with her more, we have to believe in our children and keep working with them to help their voices be heard, however they manifest themselves. Thank you Arthur and Carly for sharing your story with the world!
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Such a phenomenal book. I couldn't put it down, finished it in one day. Emotionally riveting, and superbly written. Congratulations, Arthur and Carly! -Tamara Leszner-Rovet
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated out of 5 by from Can't wait to get this book!
Date published: 2013-10-25

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Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism

by Arthur Fleischmann

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: June 6, 2014

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439194149

ISBN - 13: 9781439194140

About the Book

The extraordinary and moving story of Carly Fleischmann, a teenager with severe autism who, through technology and today's social networks, has become a passionate advocate for kids everywhere.

Read from the Book

1 In the Eye of the Storm A news reporter once asked me to describe our a-ha moment with Carly. He wanted to understand that blinding flash of insight we had had about our daughter. I thought for a moment before replying, “There never has been a moment like that. Carly has always just been Carly.” From the moment our daughters were born on a gray morning in January 1995, both my wife and I knew which twin—Twin A or Twin B—was going to grow up to live the life of Carly, and which would become Taryn. Call it intuition or cosmic intervention, but one baby just was a Carly. After the unsettled time around the birth of our son four and a half years earlier, we were elated to close the book on trauma and start a new life with our enlarged family. Matthew had been born during the grieving period for Tammy’s mother, who had died suddenly just months before his birth. Having the twins had not come easily. Creating life was not an issue for Tammy; sustaining it had been. After three miscarriages in the years after Matthew was born, we were about to break the curse. We looked forward to a fresh start. Quid pro quo; we were owed that much. “How many bedrooms do you have?” Tammy’s obstetrician-gynecologist had asked her cryptically five months earlier, during the summer of 1994. “Three,” Tammy replied. “You might want to consider four,” Dr. Amonkwa said. It seemed that the Clomid, progesterone, and aspirin that he had
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From the Publisher

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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
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