Posted on April 22, 2014 in Autism
Like some of the other books I have recommended this month, Parallel Play is the story of a later-in-life diagnosis. In an account that is sometimes depressing and often uplifting, Tim Page recalls his life-including his early days as a student-with great detail. He discusses, for instance, how much he loved to talk about his knowledge of the U.S. Presidents and how he enjoyed memorizing sections of the encyclopedia. He also shares that despite these skills, he often struggled in school. He was ultimately saved, however, by his one all-consuming fascination-music. It became not only a “love”, but a profession and in 1997, Page won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his work as the chief classical music critic at The Washington Post. A few years later, Page would receive his diagnosis.
Full of compelling stories, I definitely recommend Parallel Play, especially to those who love music. This is not only a story about embracing the arts, but about appreciating those who have special talents and share them with others.
** Idea for using this book: This is a great book to pass along to your school’s music teachers! So many students on the spectrum are drawn to the arts; this book may give some teachers ideas for making connections with learners.