George & Sam

George & Sam

Two Boys, One Family, and Autism

Book - 2006
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For the parents, families, and friends of the 1 in 250 autistic children born annually in the United States, George and Sam provides a unique look into the life of the autistic child. 
 
Charlotte Moore has three children, George, Sam, and Jake.  George and Sam are autistic.   George and Sam takes the reader from the births of each of the two boys, along the painstaking path to diagnosis, interventions, schooling and more.  She writes powerfully about her family and her sons, and allows readers to see the boys behind the label of autism.  Their often puzzling behavior, unusual food aversions, and the different ways that autism effects George and Sam lend deeper insight into this confounding disorder.
 
George and Sam emerge from her narrative as distinct, wonderful, and at times frustrating children who both are autistic through and through.  Moore does not feel the need to search for cause or cure, but simply to find the best ways to help her sons.  She conveys to readers what autism is and isn't, what therapies have worked and what hasn't been effective, and paints a moving, memorable portrait life with her boys.   Charlotte Moore is a writer and journalist who lives in Sussex, England with her three sons. She is the author of four novels and three children's book.  For two years she wrote a highly acclaimed column in the Guardian called "Mind the Gap" about life with George and Sam.  She is a contributor to many publications.
 
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312358938
0312358938
Characteristics: xviii, 296 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: George and Sam

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modestgoddess
Feb 15, 2014

This book takes a clear-eyed look at what life for families with one or more autistic members is like - or can be. I found it extremely interesting. Charlotte Moore has two autistic sons and one "neurotypical" son. She is unflinching in her approach, pointing out that she wrote this book at least partly to redress the balance - having only seen books about autistic people with some element of genius. (I've also read The Spark and Born on a Blue Day, both of which are good but both of which definitely deal with the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum.) As she says of George and Sam, "They are autistic through and through." For anyone who reads this and wants to learn where George and Sam are by 2012, this is an excellent ~15-minute video interview with Moore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8-HvC7IKfw

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