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I'm hopeful now, after reading your book, that if the situation ever presents itself again I will have a better understanding of how to handle things.
Thank you for sharing your personal journey with the world.
I am not sure it helps me a lot with dealing with my student, but I am glad I read it. It was fascinating to read about the author's struggles with lack of comprehension of even basic social niceties. To read about his school behavior and efforts to make friends; his struggle with non-academic interactions; his struggle with his sexuality; and his struggle with his family that did not understand any of this-it was extremely interesting.
If you have even just observed a person with the unusual mannerisms of Autism and Asperger's, you will find the book to be a helpful glance at what may be going on in that person's life and the internal struggles they have. It is not a reference book or a book of things to try. Just a story that helps make a little more sense out of what is often a totally senseless situation.
Marr's book is not always comfortable to read, but that is the book's gift. He writes candidly of difficult social interactions, work challenges, and his growing ability to enter into a loving relationship. As a consequence, the reader gains insight into how challenging it is for someone without Asperger's to understand symptoms that can include repetitive behaviors, literal interpretations of conversations, lack of social give-and-take, fixation on a topic, and misunderstanding of social cues.
Since 2013 Asperger's has been considered a form of autism, but wherever it fits in diagnostic manuals, it is challenge for those with it and those who work, study or live with them. David Marr's book will open pathways of understanding and acceptance.
David’s parents are both gifted and extremely intelligent, successful and socially adept. In fact I still remember my own folks being notified by the elementary school that my sister, David’s mother, was gifted with an IQ well into the genius range. I mention that because I see David’s ability to ‘break out’ of the Asperger prison to explain and write a book on his perceptions of life with Asperger’s Syndrome evidence validating his own intelligence and further demonstrating that this syndrome is but a name given to a default mode of perceiving reality in a uniquely different way from the center of the standard bell curve where most of us cluster boringly around the mean set of perceptual parameters. It’s not right or wrong, it is just a less common way to see the world.
I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say I enjoyed and much appreciated the epiphany on what David saw and what was going on in David’s mind in so many of these scenarios. More than a few I had observed originally from my perspective as an Uncle and having the opportunity to visit quite often. The progress David makes from his first recollections to a more complete understanding is akin to learning a foreign language on one’s own and with David now as interpreter this is a great read and a most enjoyable experience. I look forward to rereading this book and seeing what gems I missed on the first read.