The Funny Side of Autism

The Funny Side of Autism

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by Lisa Masters
     
 

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Funny Things Children with Autism Do and Say

The Funny Side of Autism is a book about the funny things children with autism do and say. It is a compilation of short stories related to my own experiences raising two boys with autism, and stories generously shared by people from around the country who have been in some way affected by autism. There are an

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Funny Things Children with Autism Do and Say

The Funny Side of Autism is a book about the funny things children with autism do and say. It is a compilation of short stories related to my own experiences raising two boys with autism, and stories generously shared by people from around the country who have been in some way affected by autism. There are an abundant amount of books out there having to do with autism, whether they are informational resources, "how to" guides, or someone's story. The Funny Side of Autism is the first book of its kind to focus on the positive side of an otherwise dark diagnosis.

Extreme literal thinking often makes it difficult for children with autism to grasp the concept of everyday figures of speech or to reproduce socially acceptable behaviors. However, those excessively literal interpretations can give rise to many funny moments. Those unintentionally hilarious experiences are the focus of this book.

Her goal in writing this book is twofold. She thinks it is important to show a side of autism that is hardly, if ever, portrayed; and two, to maintain public awareness by teaching people how children with autism think.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780978620295
Publisher:
Inkwell Productions, LLC
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.40(d)

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Excerpt - Eight-year-old boy

Pregnancy and childbirth

One of Brandon's fascinations, or borderline obsessions, is pregnant women and the childbirth process. So I used it as an education tool to teach him where people come from. The mommy makes the baby in her belly and when the baby is all done the doctor helps the mommy deliver the baby. That's it, plain and simple.

He could spot a pregnant woman a mile away.

Shopping in Wal-Mart one day, I was checking out at the register when I saw Brandon staring at a heavy-set man sitting on a bench at the end of the checkout line. His wheels were turning and I knew what was coming next. Totally anticipating his next move I tried to redirect him, but before I could stop him he ran over to the man, grabbed the guy's belly and asked, "Excuse me, sir, do you got a baby in there?"

I guess I had failed to mention that only mommies have babies.

What People are saying about this

Dennis Loonan
The Funny Side of Autism is an inspiring, uplifting idea that proves the notion "when life throws you lemons...make lemonade." Kudos to you, Lisa, for your insight and courage. (Dennis Loonan, President - Shooting Stars, New York, New York)
Mindy Reyer
I just know that this book will influence and inspire so many people. (Mindy Reyer, Program Coordinator: Special Education Teacher, Long Island, New York)

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