I don't know about mysterious, but not everyone who has autism responds to it the same if they are on the spectrum, and the fact it is not static is probably what makes it hard to pinpoint everything there is about it. And then we have people believing myths like booster shots being the cause when that controversial study was published in the 90's and recanted, as it was not true. I have read novels about children and youth with autism in more recent years , and those are a much better representation, especially since they were written in first person.
Ann M Martin was a special ed teacher and worked with kids with autism, which is what inspired her to write this book (can't remember if she wrote it, or a ghost writer did). Since it has been written we know A LOT more about autism, and kids are more commonly mainstreamed by now. Plus, I think having things as a secret (such as Stacey's diabetes, or Matt's 'secret language') was intended to give the books a 'deep and meaningful' feel about them.
Post by wenonah4th on Sept 14, 2013 15:44:46 GMT -5
But almost the first thing out of Mrs. Braddock's mouth is that Matt is Deaf, so that's not so much a secret; the "secret" in the title is in the sense of mbeing let in on something when everyone starts learning sign language.
True, but it does prove that "not everything about a disability is a secret". What about Whitney (though, granted, they do secretly give her a babysitter, which is really disingenuous on her parents' part and smacks of ableism on the BSC's and the ghostwriters' parts)?
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Post by mallorypike on Oct 26, 2013 20:15:34 GMT -5
I like reading books that has something to do with disabilities because a) it teaches kids (and teens and adults) about disabilities such as hearing impairment, blindness, cerebral palsy, autism, etc, b) I am interested in disabilities, and c) I am hearing impaired and it's nice to relate to somebody who's deaf (that's why #16 Jessi's Secret Language is one of the my favorite books). I am not completely deaf, though. I don't speak sign language and I can speak English. However, I do wear a hearing aid and a cochlear implant. I should reread Jessi's Secret Language, Kristy and the Secret of Susan, and Jessi's Wish as soon as I can. I will also buy Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainers so I can read about the blind girl.
~The Babysitters Club. I'm proud to say it was totally my idea, even though the four of us worked it out together~Kristy's Great Idea
Post by sparklymouse on Oct 26, 2013 20:25:51 GMT -5
The blind girl was freaky because she wasn't just blind, she had glaucoma. They didn't do a good job of explaining what that was, so it kinda seemed like she just woke up blind one day. I first read the book as an adult, but I think I would have been confused by that one as a kid.