'Incredibly moving' Daily Mail 'To Siri with Love is a beautifully honest and illuminating love letter to Gus, your typical atypical nonneurotypical human.' Jon Stewart 'A moving and witty memoir with a big heart.' Nigella Lawson 'An uncommonly riotous and moving book [that] will make readers laugh - yes, out loud - before sweeping them, finally, into a soul-spilling high tide . . . Technology's great promise may in fact be to summon, capture and display our most human qualities, both the darkness and the light, to pave avenues of deepened connections with others.' New York Times Writer Judith Newman never had any illusions that her family was 'normal'. She and her husband keep separate apartments-his filled with twin grand pianos as befits a former opera singer; hers filled with the clutter and chaos of twin adolescent boys conceived late in life. And one of those boys is Gus, her sweet, complicated, autistic 13-year-old. With refreshing honesty, To Siri With Love chronicles one year in the life of Gus and the family around him -- a family with the same crazy ups and downs as any other. And at the heart of the book lies Gus's passionate friendship with Siri, Apple's 'intelligent personal assistant'. Unlike her human counterparts, Siri always has the right answers to Gus's incessant stream of questions about the intricacies of national rail schedules, or box turtle varieties, and she never runs out of patience. She always makes sure Gus enunciates and even teaches him manners by way of her warm yet polite tone and her programmed insistence on civility. Equal parts funny and touching, this is a book that will make your heart brim, and then break it. Warm, wise and always honest, Judith Newman shows us a new world where artificial intelligence is beginning to meet emotional intelligence -- a world that will shape our children in ways both wonderful and unexpected.
The ASD Independence Workbook offers powerful skills to help teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) successfully navigate the skills required for daily living and integration into their communities. Teens and young adults with ASD face many unique challenges on the road to growing up. Daily interactions that we often take for granted—yet are imperative for living independently—can be particularly difficult. People with ASD require practice with simple activities and interactions in school, in the community, and on the job site. So how can you help the teen in your life gain the skills needed to successfully transition into adulthood? This easy-to-follow and engaging workbook is designed to help young adults ages fourteen and up develop invaluable communication skills and practice with interactions they would encounter in everyday life. Teens will also find information on topics that are imperative for a successful transition into adulthood—including health and safety, self-care, and more. This unique book not only focuses on what adaptive skills are needed in the real world, but also gives teens with ASD the ability to practice these skills, either independently or with a teacher/caregiver. Give the teen in your life the gift of independence. With this workbook, they will be one step closer to leading full, productive, and meaningful lives. Teens need mental health resources more than ever. With over 1.2 million copies sold worldwide, Instant Help Books for teens are engaging, proven-effective, and recommended by therapists.
Sweet-talk Siri® for iOS 6 into doing practically anything! In iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion, Siri is more amazing than ever—and it’s even better when you really know how to talk to it. Now, two top Apple® tech experts show how to talk the newest version of Siri into doing more than you ever thought possible! Look up what you want to do, and you’ll find tested step-by-step instructions for getting perfect results—including new ways to do everything from checking football scores to posting on Facebook! Teach Siri to recognize requests and take dictation more accurately Check Yelp reviews and place OpenTable restaurant reservations Launch apps hands-free Find out where your friends are right now Choose a great movie with Rotten Tomatoes reviews Get up-to-the-minute player stats for baseball, football, or soccer Blog with Siri using email or text messaging Tweet updates, complete with location or appointment info Create location-based reminders that trigger at destinations like the drugstore Help Siri recognize and connect with your family and friends Transform Siri into your personal media DJ Find the nearest store that’s selling whatever you want Answer math and science problems with Wolfram Alpha Make sure Siri responds only to you, not to an impostor Discover the silliness Apple engineered into Siri
Because we live in a higher-than-ever charged world of violence, child abuse, and misunderstandings of ethnicity, the need to inform and enlighten is at the forefront of our daily lives as never before. Close-up, sometimes graphic, views of these issues are vital to the process.An informative read into the roots of ancient Muslim teachings, SEX, LOVE, AND THE ARAB MIND, is the true story of a young woman who, in part still a child, willingly takes up the patriarch offerings of an old friend.The familiarity of her past breaks thorough in parallel dynamics, bringing her to crashing amidst sex addiction, man-over-woman subservience, and violence, propelling her into a search-and-find reality of the who within.Flashbacks take the reader to a full-view spectrum of one human psyche, its far-back beginnings, and how the core of a true code can change a life.
August Strindberg's masterpiece portrayal of the conflict between sexual passion and social position. Contains the full text, commentary, notes for students, a chronology of the author's life, and context of the play.
In 1975 art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a New York gallery. He buys the work, tracks down its creator, Bill Weschler, and the two men embark on a life-long friendship. This is the story of their intense and trouble relationship, of the women in their lives and their work, of art and hysteria, love and seduction and their sons - born the same year but whose lives take very different paths.