Over this past month I’ve been gradually reading Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults by Dr. Luke Beardon. I enjoyed reading this concise overview of some of the ways being Autistic affects many of us.
I found several sections to be helpful in my own life both currently and in helping to reframe more of my past experiences. It’s not the most personally helpful book I’ve read, but I’d rank it just under Aspergirls by Rudy Simone which I rank just below Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate by Cynthia Kim, which was the most helpful book of all for both myself and Counterpart to read.
So I recommend this book to other Autistic people. It covers a bit about employment, higher education, love, relationships, being a parent, and many other topics.
Moreover, when I next recommend a book to an allistic (non-autistic) who wants to better understand autism but isn’t quite ready for reading something only from the Autistic perspective, I will probably recommend this book.
Dr. Beardon uses many first-person Autistic experiences as examples (with permission, of course) and I found those plus his commentary to be a great combination.
I’ve found that many allistics struggle when they read about autism solely from Autistic perspectives (especially when they’re new to accurate autism information). So combining the allistic-friendly explanations with the hugely relatable Autistic experiences gives the information a nice balance that I think is very helpful for an overview.
Also, it’s not an intimidating book. It’s relatively thin and has short chapters with even shorter sections contained within those chapters.
It can be a struggle for many people to sit down and read a large book. This last month I struggled to sit down and read for very much time and, even so, it wasn’t too difficult for me to fit in bits and pieces of this book throughout the month.
I strongly suspect that some of my family members will be getting a copy of this book in the near future. Maybe for Christmas.