View Full Version : book written by adult with Asperger's?

07-10-2012, 10:41 AM
I've heard of a book (maybe more than one book?) written by an adult male with Asperger's. Do you know what I'm talking about? It received a lot of press in the last 6 months -- or at least that's when I heard about it.

I'm currently reading The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Attwood.


I can't say enough good things about it. I am learning so much about both of my quirky sons. We don't have a diagnosis, but I don't think it matters at this point. I see so much that applies and I'm just taking what I can from the info that's there.

I thought my dh might benefit from reading the book written by the adult. I've almost convinced him to read the Attwood book, too -- the apple has not fallen far from the tree, if you KWIM. ;)

07-10-2012, 02:42 PM
Rebe, I found this (http://www.amazon.com/Freaks-Geeks-Asperger-Syndrome-Adolescence/dp/1843100983) book to be helpful after my ds was diagnosed.

The author was a teenager when he wrote the book.

Nanci in WA
07-10-2012, 07:18 PM
Is this the one you were thinking of?


I have not read it myself.

Hang in there...and don't be afraid to take breaks from reading about Asperger's all the time. It can start to take over your life, especially when you have it in the home, too. Ask me how I know that:eek:

BTW, we never got a "formal" diagnosis either, since we did not want to do any kind of therapy through the schools.

I knew in my heart that my son had Aspergers after reading about it so much. It did help in our minds to know that the "dragon" that was in our home had a name, and that we were not alone.

shonda in ca
07-11-2012, 10:47 AM
I have that book, The Journal of Best Practices, on my wish list at Amazon! ;)

shonda in ca
07-11-2012, 11:02 AM
We don't have a diagnosis, but I don't think it matters at this point. I see so much that applies and I'm just taking what I can from the info that's there.

We did get a dx when my ds was 7 years old. I still get really irritated when I think about it. Hmmph. We went to a highly regarded child psych in our area. He charged us $1400 cash. Didn't accept insurance. He talked to us, talked to our son and then said, "Yup, you're right; he has Asperger's. Good call, Mom." He then gave us a website address, a book title to go buy and told us to have him watch Seinfeld and Friends. :eyes: Seriously.
He has had many, many therapies including OT, speech for pragmatics, social skills group classes and camps, vision therapy and tested for auditory processing. I did many, many home therapies with him. I don't necessarily regret doing them, but I don't know how much they helped him.

He is who he is. :) I must say he is extremely high functioning. I often look at other boys around his age and think either everyone has AS or my boy is just fine. :)

07-11-2012, 05:45 PM
Yes, I'm thinking there may not be much benefit at all to having an official diagnosis. Especially since I've been through so much of this before, I'm not panicking (even though the tics have started ... again) or worried that there is something horribly wrong. It's not horribly wrong ... it's just different. And, unfortunately, disrupting our family life, so we need to help the little guy learn the social rules that his brain is lacking right now.

The sticker chart that Esther recommended is helping! :thumb: He loves charts. He has three right now going all at once. :lol:

Nanci, I promise I won't over-read. ;) But that's a good point. I need to make sure I don't get overwhelmed or obsessed with it.

Kisha, your link helped me find the author I think I was looking for (back to my original question). HIs name is John Elder Robison and he's written at least two books:



He calls himself a free range Aspergian male. :) The books look really good.

Rachel Jane
07-11-2012, 05:56 PM
From the blurb on Be Different:
When to make an effort to fit in, and when to embrace eccentricity

We could all use a little of that wisdom, hey?