"How to be Human is notebook writing at its best! I want a friend just like Florida!"
--Marissa Moss, Author of the best-selling Amelia's Notebook series
"This book is not only an insightful and inspiring journey through the eyes of someone with autism, but a powerful teaching tool for parents, therapists and educators. Florida shows us that with perseverance, guidance and understanding the highest mountains can be climbed."
--Marcia Goldman, Autism Consultant
"This astute and unique book pulls readers into a world beyond their own. The author's ability to take them along, devoid of self-pity, is refreshing. She bridges the divide and paints a picture of the value of communication, contributes to public awareness, and celebrates her achievements."
-- School Library Journal
|How to Be Human
With powerful words and pictures Florida chronicles in her notebook her journey to figure out how to read facial expressions, how to make friends, how to juggle all the social cues that make school feel like a complicated maze. Diagnosed with autism as a three-year-old, Florida is now an articulate 15-year-old whose explorations into how kids make friends, what popularity means, how to handle peer pressure will resonate with any pre-teen. For those wondering what it's like inside an autistic child's head, Florida's book provides amazing insight and understanding. Reading how she learns how to be human makes us all feel a little less alien.
"A distinctive addition to the chorus of writers who are proving that "spectrum disorders" do not equal "silence.""
-- Kirkus Reviews
"How to Be Human is so good on so many levels...I can't rave enough about Florida's story. She truly is a special child who has worked extremely hard at communicating with others, and I know that her words will help parents and children better understand autism. However, I also think she has some wonderful messages about friendship, bullying, and peer pressure that are helpful to all children and tweens."
-- Booking Mama
"I love the sensitivity, artistry and ideas that flow from these pages."
-- Michelle Garcia Winner, Founder of Social Thinking, Speech Language Pathologist, MA-CCC