Chris Crutcher is a divorced father struggling to raise his eight-year old son, Tommy, who is a child with autism. Tommy hardly speaks, self-abuses, and lives within his own shell. But Chris discovers one day at the San Diego Zoo that Tommy appears to have an uncanny ability to communicate with chimpanzees. How the boy, the father, and a biomedically abused chimp come together in life-changing ways is the story of LIKE NO OTHER BOY.
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Really didn’t know what to expect from the storyline but this book was worth every last minute reading it. Story of a loving father who just wants what is best for his troubled autistic son tells truthfully the problems such parents follow daily dealing with autism but please don’t let that put you off the book is brilliant. It’s depressing but also uplifting it makes you laugh and it makes you cry. Read this please it’s not a book to miss
Like No Other Boy By Larry E. Center Parenting is no easy job – and parenting an autistic child is a heartbreaking task. This is the story of Tommy Crutcher, an autistic boy, as told from the perspective of his father, Chris. Chris and Cheryl were your typical young lovers expecting their first child. Little did they know that the child they created together would tear them apart as a married couple, but would bond them forever as parents of an autistic child. As the story opens, Chris and Cheryl share custody of Tommy. While both parents love him and have tried all kinds of therapies and schools to bring him out of his shell, Tommy remains closed off and unresponsive. One day, Chris takes his son to the zoo, and there in the primate section, a bizarre story unfolds. It seems that Tommy not only comes out of his shell around the "chimpies", but actually seems to be able to communicate and interact with them. Thus begins the struggle between the parents over the best way to advance Tommy's educational interests. Suffice it to say, the parents are at odds and the results are devastating for one parent. And for Tommy. This is a moving story about parents and children, and what it takes to do the right things for your child. I was in tears reading this book. I think it is a must read for anyone who has an autistic child in his/her life. I would guess that the author has some firsthand knowledge of autism in order to write such a meaningful book.