Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison

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Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 4:55pm

My 9 year old was doing so wonderfully at school, until one day he pushed a girl at recess who he thought had pushed someone else over, but they were just playing. He went to the principal for recess etc. then back to class where he ended up throwing his writing into the garbage just being upset. I can't believe how sad that made me... The teacher called me and told me how he's been doing well in her class but has a harder time when he's away from class, like recess, lunch, specialists. She has a nephew with similar problems, though not ASD. She has assigned him a place he can go in the class if he needs to calm down, she works things out with the other children when disagreements arise, and is listening to my suggestions.

She said she's starting to read Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison. I have not read this one, what do you think of it?

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Registered: 09-13-2008
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 7:35pm

I have not read his book but I do read his blog here: http://jerobison.blogspot.com/ and he is on FB here: http://www.facebook.com/JohnElderRobison.

Transitioning is hard for our kiddos. My son has issues during lunch, recess, etc. He has suddenly become aggressive at his new school and has been hitting, kicking, pushing other kids so I am reading a book called Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments by Brenda Smith Myles and Jack Southwick. It is really good. My son has PDD-NOS and several other issues. My favorite saying is: If you have seen one kid with autism, you have seen one kid with autism. So, keep an open mind when reading about autism.

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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 3:33am

Yep I read it and really enjoyed it. It was an account of having aspergers syndrome by a person who has it not by a specialist or a doctor. So it was nice to hear it from someone dealing with it. Three quarters of the way through it I realized I knew the author. When he talked about switching from electrical engineering to auto mechanics for high end vehicles I realized I had done business with him at least a dozen times. He owns a shop here where my ex bf used to have his rover fixed a lot. I did notice way before I knew anything about ASD that he did not look at people. I just thought that was how busy shop owners were. lol. He is a great person who did a lot for my ex bf's troublesome rover.

The book is really interesting and grabs your attention. He is a local man and so is his brother who wrote Running With Scissors. So it was nice to read about local things and know the towns and businesses which they wrote about. I highly recommend it.

Laurie