What is the idea behind penning the book?
The idea was to share our experience so far with autism with the world. We found that we had to shift our old perspectives to come to a new understanding, to provide a better space for children. There is an increasing number of children with autism in the world. Many children have opened up either through written communication or in other ways. They are open to sharing their world with us.
What are the aspects of the condition explored in the book?
Mythily Chari has dwelled into the philosophical nature of autism and how to apply it in day-to-day work. I have presented a spiritual nature to autism and how you can practise it, while Vijaykanth has taken the idea and simplified autism. His area of expertise is imagery, which can be applied to understand what we can do with the children. There is a framework called heartism practised at The Lotus Foundation for the last nine years and we have shared it in the book for others to apply.
Who can refer to it?
The parents, professionals, psychologists and psychiatrists will benefit from it because it provides newer perspectives, how it has helped us and how it can support children.