“There’s a Boy in Here Emerging from the Bonds of Autism,” by Judy and Sean Barron
This book brings to light some of the thought processes of an individual on the Autism Spectrums. The
Title itself There’s a Boy in Here Emerging from the Bonds of Autism” The book describes the epic
roller coaster journey of a couple finding new innovative ways to create the ideal conditions for the
person on the Autism spectrum to emerge. . . What makes this book even more power ful is the
perspective of the person on the Autism and a detailed description of the thoughts going on at the
moments of the different documented incidents.
Throughout the chapters the combination of mother and son recollections of the same experienced
exist. The collaboration contains the detailed feelings and descriptions of thought processes and
perceptions of the person on the Autism Spectrum often is a great mystery for many caretakers. The
detailed documentation perceptions of Sean focus and how the sensory issues impacted him are
invaluable . These detailed writing helps caretakers gain insight on what accommodations might help
bridge the gap of understanding for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
In the book my attention is especially drawn to when is 7th grade Sean decided he needed a sense
of humor. At this age he became aware of his differences and decided he would make an active effort
to engage people. He describes a strong desire to want to be like the other kids. ( This desire is non
evident in his early years when the actions of other people have no interest to him what so ever.)
In order to learn how to laugh he watched repetitive shows of Gilligan’s Island to the point of
memorizing scenes. A resulting difficulty for this concrete learner was not understanding why his family
wouldn’t laugh at the same point that the audience laughed on TV. He even repeated the jokes so much
his sister was in tears. His mom tried to explain this point that everyone was not always going to think
that the same jokes are funny . The repeated verbal explanations was a therapeutic theme approach
thought out the book in the hopes that eventually an understanding would be able to be engaged.
Additional key points the book helped create a new awareness for me for individuals on the Autism Spectrum was:
- The self imposed isolation do to inability to relate to individuals.
- The detailed description of being tormented and how teasing causing him to withdrawal from the people he went to school with.
- The extremes Sean went to being the last one in the classroom to avoid the challenges of interaction with other people.
- The need to have some sense of control in his life for example making the choice to be the last one on the bus.
- One of the pivotal points in the book was when Sean’s dad quit talking to him for 8 days. The fear of losing his dads love gave Sean a new determination to try and consciously control his behavior
- Sean’s childhood battle of fighting constantly with images of low self esteem and feelings of self worth.
What are the key therapies that impacted Sean that parents that could easily accessible and can be implemented to support there child’s emergence from the Autism?
How can these children be supported in an emotionally positive manner?
How the children’s attention be engaged in a stimulating manner?
What are the techniques that can be used at home in everyday activities to increase the therapeutic opportunities.
On a personal level this reading has also helped me understand the importance of supporting children
in the feeling of needing some kind of control in her environment. This explains the overwhelming
anger and frustration that she is acting out when she gets off the bus after school. Reading this book
has increased my optimism for the new school schedule for next year being much more effective and
easier for her to process.