Monday, April 12, 2010

Look Me in the Eye

I just finished reading Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison. John grew up with Asperger’s Syndrome in the days before there was even a name for it. He learned coping mechanisms to help him function in society.

The book lags a bit in the middle—the years when John was trying to fit in with the corporate world and was very unhappy. He finally started his own successful business, using his talents to repair and restore high-end automobiles and Land Rovers.

By the time John learned more about his condition, he was in his thirties. Growing up, he didn’t know why he was different and why it was harder for him to adapt. Now there are books written describing Asperger’s Syndrome by psychologist Tony Attwood. And there are more first person accounts of Asperger’s and autism, such as Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet and Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin. These fascinating books give us greater insight and understanding about these conditions.

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