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Different Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger's, and ADHD Paperback – April 16, 2012
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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
From the Author
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
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This book is good for parents too. They can learn how to ensure their child's success. I can give a short formula: don't see them as broken but just like any other kid with their own specific issues, support their interests, treat them equally with everyone else. See their potential and encourage them to use their gifts. Fight off any injustice coming their way and teach them to advocate for themselves. They ARE equal with everyone else and no one has a right to say otherwise.
I am really tired of the "pathologizing" trend. Everyone has his/her own specific issues. Having difficulties doesn't mean we should stop living our lives. We should just learn to work with them. And being "in your own world" is an advantage here. It means you can't hear others say that you can't. It's what they always say, all those losers who are jealous that someone is actually doing something and couldn't be bothered to move themselves a bit.
Do what you love and make your living of it! I send everyone hugs and hope you are using your gifts and enjoy life as it's supposed to be. We are uniquely gifted. We can't throw that away.
Recommended for people who have autism, their friends and families, coworkers, and anyone that wants to understand them better and help them when possible.