Introduction. Prologue. PART I: The Journey to the Aristotle School. 1. Billy grows up. 2. Face to face with autism. 3. Making the decision. 4. The deal with the district. 5. Setting up a school at home. 6. Homework. PART II: Adjusting to a Non-Typical World. 7. In the debris of two minds. 8. Where are you, Billy? 9. Are you with me? 10. Minding the "D" words. 11. Eye language. 12. Body language. 13. Attention! PART III: A Teacher's Strategies. 14. Connecting the world. 15. On acquiring knowledge. 16. Remember? 17. The five-senses approach. 18. English as a step-language. 19. Every person has a story. PART IV: Afterthoughts and Milestones. 20. In search of humor. 21. Why Aristotle? 22. Milestones. Epilogue.
Olga Holland was born in the former Soviet Union, where she was trained as an economist. Due to her insistence on exercising her constitutional rights as a Soviet citizen, she was labelled a political dissident, and in 1986 the authorities suggested that she emigrate. She moved to the US, where she married and had two children. Her son, Billy, born in 1993, was diagnosed as autistic when he was four years old. He now attends mainstream school with an aide, and is in a public school class for gifted and talented children. Olga is the author of The Dragons of Autism, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.