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.
|Publisher:||Inkwell Productions, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Lisa Masters is a single mother of two boys diagnosed with autism. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a major in psychology. Lisa is an active participant in children's charities that benefit children with autism and their families and advocates for the rights of children with disabilities. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her two boys. This is her first book.
Read an Excerpt
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.
Table of Contents
|Autism terminology: real life definitions||134|
|Appendix: How autism changes your life||142|
What People are Saying About This
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)
I just know that this book will influence and inspire so many people. (Mindy Reyer, Program Coordinator: Special Education Teacher, Long Island, New York)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a funny book for anyone who knows someone with Autism, has a child or relative with autism or has even heard of the word autism and was curious about it. A must read to lighten the everyday stresses of dealing with a child or adult with autism. My hat off to the author for conceiving this idea. I hope to hear more about her and future books she writes. I can't wait.
I enjoyed The Funny Side of Autism very much. These kids are so lovable and honest you can't help but smile when reading the funny stories in this book.
Thank you Lisa for helping us look at the humor in what is a serious issue. You're the greatest.
Finally a positive light on an otherwisw dark diagnosis. I love all the funny stories. It is easy to read and really shows that raising a child with autism is not all doom and gloom. These children can be joyful and their perception of what we are trying to teach them can be quite funny. Thank you to The Funny Side of Autism for showing it is OK to laugh :) Can't wait for The Funny Side of Autism 2!
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite Many children and adults are diagnosed with autism each year. Once this was surrounded by misconception; now, there is a possibility of understanding and perhaps helping individuals with autism. It is with this desire that I chose this book, to see if I could learn or understand more about this disabling problem. My son worked with teens who have different spectrums of autism, and I have felt a bit intimidated by one of them. My son, on the other hand, enjoyed being with them. Lisa did a great job of lightening the difficult road for those who love and care for such people. It is not an easy task. Yet, it is more difficult for those who don't understand the problem than for those who deal with it day by day. Caregivers usually expect the unexpected and that is exactly what they get. In many instances neither autistic people nor their caregivers think a particular situation is noteworthy. However, for those who are outside looking in these people or children often appear to be rude, boisterous, disobedient and many other poor adjectives that display our own erroneous thinking. Like I said, this book focuses mostly on the mundane things that these children say and do. For caregivers, it will be of a great help to know that others go through the same things. Sometimes the people in the situation even tell you what to do about them. While working with an autistic child is not always easy, it helps to be able to understand and laugh at some of the situations and things the children say. This book is not a book that will tell you who to see and how to get help for autistic people. Instead it will put a smile on your face and even lighten your day with the stories from these funny situations. I recommended it to anyone who cares or wants to know what autistic people do and say.
This book really helped me to understand what familes go through while raising and interacting with autistic children. It was very insightful and the thought provoking. I really enjoyed the authors approach and presentation. She made it very real for me. I plan on giving copies to friends with special needs children and to some special education teachers as well.