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This is an inspiring book. The stories of achievement will be encouraging for parents of a young child with an autism spectrum disorder and will be especially inspirational for adolescents and young adults who are feeling despondent that autism could deprive them of a successful career or relationship. This book has antidepressant qualities to rival those of medication.
Dr. Tony Attwood
Recently, I had a lady walk up to me in the airport and say, “Your book, Thinking in Pictures, saved my marriage. Now I understand my engineer husband, and we are able to work things out.”
Each contributor in this book has a unique story, and my intent is that their stories will provide hope and insight to individuals on the spectrum, as well as parents, teachers, and professionals.
People on the autism spectrum always keep learning. It is never too late to learn new skills, improve relationships, or learn better work skills. To grow, a person on the spectrum has to “stretch.” Stretching is a good analogy, because sudden surprises cause fear. Even individuals my age can learn new skills. When I was writing this introduction, I talked to a family member of a woman in her 60s who has autism. Within the past year, she discovered that the way she dressed herself improved her life, and now she enjoys nicer clothes. The mind of the person with autism can always keep learning. It is never too late to change. A person on the spectrum needs an employer, spouse, or friend who will calmly coach him when he makes social mistakes. He has to be instructed on how to behave, like a character in a play. In my own life, I have gained great insight from reading the writings of other individuals on the spectrum.
- Dr Temple Grandin
This is an awe inspiring book that helps me every time I feel down and out. Sometimes I read the stories where people have my same job, and I think "Ok, so my experience is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Victoria MacKenzie-Richert
excellent book. Opportunity to understand Aspergers syndrome from Aspies as they share their journey through life.Published 2 months ago by R MClure
Really resonated with me - I am an Aspie, and I could totally see aspects of myself in some of these stories.Published 2 months ago by L. John Charles
All my life I knew I was different. It wasn't until just recently (3 months or so) that I've been diagnosed with Asperger's. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
These stories give me hope about what my son could accomplish and some things he needs to consider to be successful.Published 4 months ago by Gail Salantai
We have Autism and Asperger's in the family. The syndrome varies from person to person. Those with the milder version can often live a normal life with a little understanding from... Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. E. Dilley
This book is a great collection of biographical essays from thriving happy and successful people who are on the spectrum. Each story so inspiring.Published 6 months ago by Shonna J. Wilcox
This is a very helpful book in explaining the autism spectrum. Clearly written and drawing on considerable personal and scholarly experience, it is a good read as well as... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Wes Pue