AutAc Reads IADK, Part 1: Part 1

Read the review, skip the book.

Autistic Academic

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism actually contains 46 short chapters, grouped into “parts.”  Since none of these chapters is really long enough for a review, though, I decided to review the book by Parts.

Part 1 contains six short chapters.  As a whole, it focuses mostly on the childhood and adolescence of Donald Triplett – Leo Kanner’s “Case 1,” the first child described in his 1943 paper “Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact” [pdf].  The authors’ telling of the story is engaging and clear; it makes a quick, entertaining read.

Nonetheless, it reminds me of nothing so much as those mass-market afterschool-special-esque novels that were so popular when I was in elementary and middle school.  You may remember these.  They had titles like Is My Sister Dying? (spoiler: yes, of kidney failure) and What’s Wrong With Daddy? (spoiler: Alzheimer’s).  They were always told from the point of…

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