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Day 29: Asperger’s From the Inside Out

Posted on April 29, 2014 in Autism

Apergers from the Inside Out coverMy final selection of the month (yours will be next!) is one of the most popular books on the market. Michael John Carley is the founder of GRASP, an advocacy organization for people with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. Carly is the father of child on the spectrum and-not unlike many parents on the spectrum-was diagnosed at the same time his own son was evaluated.

Asperger’s From the Inside Out is a hybrid autobiography as it is part personal story and part user’s guide. Carley’s book is moving, interesting, and practical and you get his own story, a story of family life, and stories of those he has met through GRASP.

Above all, this is a soothing and sensitive book; it is careful and consistent in its exploration of identify and would help any reader better understand what life might be like on the spectrum, but will be of particular interest to those considering an evaluation, those just receiving a diagnosis, or those who are still thinking about what a diagnosis means in their own lives.

** Idea for using this book: Bring this book to your own groups (e.g., support groups, family groups) and use it to start discussions and reflect on new questions.

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