When I began this book, I will freely admit to feeling a mixture of curiosity and trepidation. Having three children of my five diagnosed with Autism, I am very aware of the variety within the spectrum and general symptoms associated with it. This book did not disappoint, it was open and honest about what many people with Autism (before it was known as such) faced in society. I remember that fear of not knowing what was going on with my child, questioning my own parenting and life decisions, praying that I did not cause the "off" behaviors I was seeing in my child.
In a Different Key is truly amazing, authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker clearly put a great deal of research and thought into this book. It reached me as a mother of children with Autism like nothing I've read on the subject before. For that, I'm grateful I had the opportunity to read it.
Now, to the meat of it! I was stunned by the path that the diagnosis of Autism and Aspergers took! I never imagined all of the political and societal impact adding a diagnosis to the DSM could create! Even so far as necessitating a deep background check on Hans Asperger before using his name to denote the condition. So many people worked on the puzzle that is Autism (and are continuing to do so). It was very emotional to read about the struggles of so many other parents. Another aspect that I am glad was included was mention of the gastrointestinal connection to Autism. For my children, this is a huge part of their symptoms and behaviors. It was good to see it delved into thoroughly.
Overall, I highly recommend this book if you are looking for more information about Autism and the journey that the Autism community has made to get where they are today. So much more to be done, but just gaining a little perspective of the path already taken has been humbling.