Hannah on the Spectrum

Hannah's Walk With Autism

Children - Non-Fiction
24 Pages
Reviewed on 10/06/2013
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Reviewed by Jacqueline Ruiz for Readers' Favorite

How much do you really know about Autism? I knew a little bit. I knew that people with Autism have a hard time adapting to the outside world. I also knew that Asperger’s was a type of Autism where the person is highly developed brain-wise but lacked any social skills. In Hannah on the Spectrum: Hannah’s Walk With Autism by Thomas Evans we get a personal, first-hand look into Autism by Hannah herself. We know Hannah is real because the author dedicates this book to her. This makes the story more real and personable.

So what does Hannah tell us about Autism? There are many forms of Autism and in Hannah’s case, her Autism gets her often confused and scared. When there is too much of something: people, noise, new surroundings – Hannah gets scared. I used to work in Special Education as a teacher and although none of my students had Autism, I did meet many other students who did have Autism. I didn’t know that crying and running away was a way for them to feel safe. Too much stimulation is not what someone with Autism needs. I remember thinking how I would like to hug these children, but now I realize this wasn’t what they needed. They wanted some other form of feeling safe.

Finally, Hannah reassures us that she’s still like other children. She still loves to do what other kids love to do: dance, play, watch movies and videos. But most of all, she loves to look at herself in the mirror. Bravo Evans for giving us an inside glimpse on what Autism feels like to one little girl. A must for parents, relatives, and teachers involved with Autistic kids.