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A Different Kind of Boy

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Table of Contents

A Fair-Haired Boy. 2. `You're a Father Now, Damn it!'. 3. The Wild Goose Chase. 4. A Different Sort of Boy. 5. Daycare. 6. An Addition to the Family. 7. Doors Opened and Closed. 8. `You want to do it!'. 9. Taking Turns. 10. `I Know, Mom, I Know'. 11. My Parents. 12. A Team. 13. Off the Charts. 14. The Evaluation. 15. `My Son, the Doctor'. 16. `Believe Me, They'd Have a Schedule!'. 17. An Integrated Classroom. 18. Crazy, Incomprehensible Rules. 19. Exhausted. 20. On the Town. 21. `That's Just Backwards Multiplication!'. 22. Frame of Reference. 23. Spreadable Fruit. 24. Diabetes. 25. Off to School. 26. Such A Bright Boy. 27. Mathematical Marvel. 28. Simon. 29. Careers. 30. `Daddy, Look What I Can Do!'. 31. `Don't Mourn For Us'. 32. Moving to D.C. 33. New kid on the Block. 34. Such Sensitive Children. 35. A Blessing. 36. Stamping Out Ambiguity. 37. Going Hazy. 38. Learning to Cope. 39. Black History Month. 40. Mr Hustle. 41. Front Page News. 42. Life. 43. Mathematical Marvel. 44. Connections Gained and Lost. 45. Graduation. 46. Becoming Self-Aware. Epilogue.

About the Author

Daniel Mont is the father of Alex and Simon Mont. Alex, who is autistic, is now a fully mainstreamed ninth grader. An economist specializing in disability and welfare issues by day, Daniel has been an Assistant Professor at Cornell University, a Principal Analyst for the Congressional Budget Office, and is now with the National Academy of Social Insurance. By night, he is an actor and a writer. Several of his plays have been produced in the Washington, D.C. area and in New York City. He is presently working on a novel.


"'A Different Kind of Boy' is a heartfelt, candid and ultimately inspiring tale of the struggle of a father to teach his gifted child the awareness the boy needs to survive and connect with others, while making the most of his prodigious talents. A Different Kind of Boy is highly recommended reading for any parent of an autistic of specially gifted child.' -- The Midwest Book Review This book is a cut above other parent narratives, because of it unsparing honesty, yet its positive view of Alex's strengths -- Book Reviews Daniel Mont opens our minds and our hearts. In his words: Alex is autistic. Alex is also loving, brilliant and resilient. He has taught me a great deal about life, about what it means to connect with other people and about how one builds a life that suits oneself. Through raising Alex I've learned about a lot of things-how the mind works, how special education should work, the generosity of children, and-oh, yes, math. Lots about math. -- Gifted Education Communicator This book is perfectly suited for anyone who wants to know more about living with a child who is autistic and would be beneficial to family members who have someone on the Autism Spectrum. This will help parents know what struggles other families have gone through and give guidance on how to navigate the system to enable your child to thrive in their surroundings. -- BellaOnline Reviews

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