Autism All-Stars: How We Use Our Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine in Life
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Autism All-Stars: How We Use Our Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine in Life

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Looking at the positive influences, great talents and unique thought processes of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, this book is a celebration of those who have used their autism to shine in life.

Writers from all over the world at different stages in their careers, and from very different backgrounds, share their experiences of creating a successful life on the a...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (first published December 12th 2011)
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Megatherium
I'm honestly pulled in so many directions over this short book I'm unable to review it coherently. Yet I did want to say at least something so here's my abortive attempt. I suppose the ideal approach would be to tackle each of the authors on their own, but I just don't have that in me. Some entries I thought were very well done and quite touching (Will Hadcroft) some I had no idea what they were saying, or trying to say (Donna Williams, Leith McMurray) and at least one gave what I can only consi...more
Chris
2.5 stars. Ok collection of personal success stories from people with autism spectrum disorders. I found the introduction by Tony Attwood to be the most useful part of the book, particularly this: "In the typical brain, there is a preference for noticing and analyzing social information - for example, to prioritize the information contained in someone's facial expression rather than the shape of his ears. In autism, the brain notices, and finds interesting and informative, other aspects of exper...more
Rachel Buchner
I liked the book, great stories of people with Autism. I loved reading it because I have an interest in Autism, though I think it would be a little boring for people who didn't have basic interest in Autism or knowledge about autism. Some of the success don't seem like successes in our eyes but to someone with autism some of these achievements are huge. It's a story about life , but they are short stories, I wish there was more stories to each of them so I could learn more about each person, ove...more
David Elham
An excellent book that shows how having an autism spectrum disorder need not define you as a person or limit what you are able to do. The degree to which these authors are affected by autism and Asperger's varies quite considerably (as the spectrum is so broad), so not everyone who is autistic will be able to succeed in the way that some of these writers have. Nevertheless, their experiences offer hope. Readers who do not grapple with such conditions will find it fascinating.
Becca
I picked this book up to read during downtime while working with high school students with autism. It's always interesting to read first-hand accounts from people with autism. I wouldn't necessarily consider all of these stories success stories, but they do show some positive ways that individuals use autistic traits, even when other traits get in the way of normal functioning. Not a book to read for pleasure, but informative if you want to learn more about autism.
Geebowie
this book was pretty good I found some of the essays boring but some some interesting.
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