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Day 11: The Journal of Best Practices

Posted on April 11, 2014 in Autism

Journal of Best Practices coverFilled with wit, honesty, and heart, The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch is a glimpse into life on the autism spectrum and into the author’s marriage. Finch’s story is unique because there are several great autobiographies that feature stories about marriage, but not many that let us see into a union where a diagnosis comes a few years after the couple ties the knot.

This book focuses on a romantic relationship, but I liked it because it can help any reader better understand some of the challenges that any social relationship can present for some people. In this way, it may help those who love someone on the spectrum and it may help those on the spectrum as well. Readers may be especially interested in the little adaptations Finch puts into place to become a better friend and partner (e.g., writing short notes to himself) as these could be adopted by anyone seeking a better connection with a loved one.

Because this book is largely about Finch’s quest to improve his marriage, it may be a good guide for those on the spectrum who are dating or in a long-term relationship.

FYI: The book includes quite a few curse words, so if you are going to share it with a younger person, be sure to review first.

** Idea for using this book: Read it with someone you love.

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