That's Not Right!
My Life Living with
“That’s Not Right! My Life Living with Asperger’s” is available to buy in Paperback or Kindle via Amazon.
The book documents my time at school, giving an insight into what it’s like for a child with Asperger’s to go to school, as well as suggestions on how schools can make changes to improve school life for us. I also talk about my positive outlook towards my Asperger’s and how I believe it will be the catalyst that enables me to achieve my dreams and ambitions.
My aim is that "every teacher should read my book" in order to gain a better understanding of Asperger’s and as a consequence have more empathy for the children that they are teaching. I also want to inspire parents and family members of people with Autism and those on the spectrum themselves. People all over the world will be going through similar challenges to those I have had and I want to show them that they are not alone and that they should not let their Autism hold them back.
"For neuro-typical people like me, it's pretty much impossible to imagine how it feels to be autistic. And for parents, friends, employers and teachers of autistic people, it is imperative that we understand what we can do to be genuinely helpful, and create a climate/culture where people with autism can thrive, and be free to focus on their talents, skills and aspirations. Alex's book comes as close as it can get to crawling inside someone's head to experience how life looks for them, and everyone who is connected to someone with autism really should read it. Thank you Alex, I learnt a lot".
As a teacher of children and young people on the autistic spectrum for many years I was intrigued by how things have progressed over the years since my retirement. Unfortunately, nothing much seems to have changed. Alex tells vividly what it is like to be a child on the spectrum living and learning among the neuro typical. Parents still have to fight for the appropriate resources for their child and the children themselves labour to be understood in a world where hidden differences are not always acknowledged.
Well done, Alex and family for persevering. Of course, they had help. Not all of his education was a struggle but if a person on the spectrum has the right type of intervention there is no telling where it can lead. Alex has taken life by the horns and is making it a success. His book is a must read for any parent or young person with autism concerned about the future.
Some images to illustrate the book