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4.0 out of 5 stars All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, July 13, 2007
This review is from: All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome (Hardcover)
A very cute book, the pictures are adorable. This may be helpful for kids (or siblings) who love animals, it may help them make sense of a condition that can be confusing. It encourages the reader to be more sympathetic and compassionate of Asperger's persons, since the kitties are so appealing. However, not all the pictures will correspond to every person with Asperger's, since each case is unique. Also, I have a small problem with the title, since I myself don't really think cats are all that much like Asperger's kids. Asperger's kids really want to socialize and please, and most cats are just fine on their own, quite independent. (And Asperger's kids don't ruin furniture!)The sensory similarites are more accurate, however, with gaze aversion, tactile defensiveness, etc.
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Initial post: Jul 31, 2007 11:11:30 AM PDT
S. Jimenez says:
Just wanted to comment that it is not true that Asperger's kids like to socialize, as the sister to a brother with Asperger's as well as someone who has been around other individuals with aspergers, I have found that the majority of those I have met do NOT like to socialize and tend to avoid public places and hanging out with friends. I feel saying they want to please everyone is also a vast overstatement, but can not think of any specific instances to explain, but if they don't want to do something, it is definitly difficult to convince them otherwise

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2013 12:33:56 AM PST
Tiffany says:
WRONG. I have Aspergers and I want to socialize more than anything. I am always depressed when alone and want to be around others. I work in customer service because I love being around people. The more, the better. I have tried other jobs, but had a hard time because I missed being around people. Those with Aspergers want to socialize more than anything but can't. Most of us have been hurt more than once or twice. I also know that girls with Aspergers are different than boys with Aspergers. I don't know much about the men side, but I have done a lot of research on women that have had Aspergers. That is the main difference between Autism and Aspergers. People with Autism don't want to be around others. People with Aspergers want to be with others more than anything in the world, but have been burned before and are unsure how to approach the situation without looking awkward or dumb, which would cause us to be hurt again. Maybe your brother has high-functioning Autism and not Aspergers. Aspergers is a form of High-functioning Autism, but it is NOT the same thing. Either that, or maybe your brother has been hurt before in the past and is afraid to be hurt again.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 12:32:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2014 12:35:10 PM PST
D. Ingram says:
I agree with you and Tiffany (below) my daughter and I both have AS. More than anything in the world, she wants to be friends with everyone in the whole school but just doesnt understand the social "norms" that most other children understand easily. I am sad that there will come a time when she will become like I am and refuse to socialize because there is just to much stress involved with it.

Also, perhaps cats are just like many AS in that as young kittens (children) they have an overwhelming desire to socialize but learn that it is just to stressful and so become independent and aloof as they age...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2014 12:49:36 PM PDT
Kathleen says:
Why are any of you trying to say that people with Asperger's have to interact in such a specific way anyway?
You can bet not all are the same on the degree to which they wish to socialize any more than every neurotypical is the same in this.
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