The Asperger Teen’s Toolkit by Francis Musgrave
If only my son would read this book – but he won’t, because he has Asperger’s Syndrome, and to read a book about Asperger’s Syndrome per se means that he would have to accept that someone else might know best, and that having Asperger’s Syndrome could be seen as a problem – ideas that he vehemently denies.
When I looked at this book as a non-Aspie mum however, I could see many useful tips and suggestions for helping my son’s life run more smoothly. With headings focussing on things like self-harm, dealing with bullies, social media, anger, gaming and animals it seemed to describe my son’s life perfectly. There are some areas however, where the advice didn’t seem to have an Aspie at its heart.
For example, ‘Being positive and easy going is a very endearing quality, and is a great place to start, particularly if you find yourself in a new environment.’ (p.23) If my son was able to be positive and easy going when faced with a new environment then he probably wouldn’t have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in the first place!
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The advice is good, but in my own experience, giving out advice is easy, but putting yourself in the place of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome and THEN giving that advice makes it a very different prospect indeed. Perhaps a ‘how to do’ would be a better way to go than a ‘what to do.’
I don’t really know what to rate this book, so I’m going to go with middle of the road and say 3 out of 5 stars.