Posted on April 09, 2014 in Autism
There are very few book-length autobiographies written by young people. For this reason alone, Kenneth Hall’s book is a gift to the field. Written by a ten-year-old Hall, Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything helps the reader better understand sensory issues, social differences, and the importance of “loves” (e.g., Harry Potter).
As a teacher, I have long appreciated Hall’s book as it is short enough to recommend to a teacher wanting a quick overview and it contains several references to helpful learning strategies (e.g. using index cards to organize writing topics).
Finally, many readers will appreciate the positive perspective offered by Hall. In this excerpt, for example, he explains his appreciation of Asperger syndrome:
I like being different. I prefer having [Asperger syndrome] to being normal. I don’t have the foggiest idea exactly what it is I like about AS. I think that people with AS see things differently. I also think they see them more clearly. (p. 15)
Pick this one up if you have not yet learned about autism from a child’s perspective.
** Idea for using this book: Teacher educators should consider using this book as a supplemental text in their classes on autism. Its size makes it an easy read and-because the author is a child- future and practicing teachers will likely find the advice to be relevant and immediately useful.