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A Different Kettle of Fish: A Day in the Life of a Physics Student with Autism

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“I'm looking at the Solar System display when I hear a child close by shouting at his mum, to which she replies 'No need to bite my head off!' I've heard of laughing your head off (to laugh a lot) and even biting your tongue (to be quiet) but biting someone's head off puts a rather more vivid picture into my mind!”


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Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 21st 2014 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Andréa
A Different Kettle of Fish is a fascinating look into how our everyday language--replete with idioms, unspecific statements, and ambiguous questions--is perceived by, and confuses, people on the autism spectrum. Michael Barton has a skill for easily relating why common phrases that the "neurotypical" person has no problem understanding are actually quite confusing for him and others with autism. Barton's illustrations visually summarize the concepts that spring to mind for him when he hears idio ...more
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This was a good look into the daily life of an autistic uni student and tackles both how it is to live with autism and also the barriers autistic folks face on a regular basis that neurotypical folks might not even consider, such as translating idioms and oddly crafted signage. I would recommend this as a non-fiction read for young adults who want to hear the voice of someone that is real and actually autistic, not just a fictional character in a story.
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