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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Outside Looking In: High-functioning autism from one mother's perspective is a work of non-fiction which focuses specifically on the parenting of children on the autistic spectrum, and was penned by author Vivian M. Lumbard. An emotive and informative account of a unique journey through raising twins with high-functioning autism, this book gives us a close look at how to truly understand and support a child as an individual, rather than just glossing over the condition itself. What results is a powerful account of breaking down stereotypes, homing in and focusing on what matters, and exploring totally up to date techniques and strategies to cope when you have to stay at home.
Author Vivian M. Lumbard writes with a deep passion for her family and her children, but also with a vigor to make sure that any person on the autistic spectrum is not simply noticed, but truly seen, heard and understood. The organization of the book takes you through a memoir-style of episodes, but each one has a clear purpose with regard to tips on parenting and sharing the real experience of what it has been like in her family life. There are some really funny moments that any family can relate to, but also well-explained hardships and triumphant moments of strength to work out ways to thrive. Overall, I would highly recommend Outside Looking In for anyone who not only wants to understand autism in greater detail but also to learn how to think critically beyond stereotypes for all types of people they might meet in the future.