Title: Raising Martians: From Crash-Landing to Leaving Home: How to Help a Child with Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism
Author: Joshua Muggleton
Blurb: Joshua Muggleton knows from personal experience what it is like to grow up feeling like ‘a Martian marooned on planet Earth’. Now 22 and studying psychology at the University of St. Andrews, he combines his insights into what it means to have Asperger Syndrome (AS) with his scientific knowledge of the autism spectrum to write an invaluable guide for parents and teachers. Opening with the very basics of what autism is, Joshua covers mental health, sensory issues, obsessions and rituals, friendships and social situations, and shopping, travelling, and holidays, before tackling what is arguably the biggest challenge of any Aspie child’s life: school – and with it, bullying, homework, and other challenges. Providing the inside track on Asperger Syndrome in childhood, he describes practical ways in which parents and teachers can help, and offers a wealth of advice and helpful hints and tips for approaching common difficulties. An essential guide for any parent or teacher wishing to understand and help a child with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism, Raising Martians will take them from crash-landing to leaving home.
My Thoughts: I obtained this book because my oldest grandson has been diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum. He is six years old. To me he doesn’t seem like he should be diagnosed with anything he seems like any other 6 year old. Okay so he does have a tendency to line his toys up with military precision and go into serious grumps if you move anything, and loves to act out scenes from his favourite dragon movies. But I thought someone with Autism couldn’t look you in the eye or bear to be touched; my Grandson loves cuddles and chatters away to you happily, so why is he different from any other six-year-old? Well, it would appear that there are degrees of Autism and he has been diagnosed as having High Function, High Anxiety Autism – just on the spectrum. But you know what? I still didn’t get it!! So being a person who likes answers and loves reading I looked for a book that would explain to me in simple terms just what is going on inside my grandson’s head. An online friend of mine who has recently been diagnosed herself when her own daughter was diagnosed gave me some suggestions of reading material. As too a friend of mine from Victoria who teaches. RAISING MARTIANS is the best so far. Joshua Muggleton has Asperger Syndrome which is on the Autistic spectrum and writes from the heart and explains clearly and understandably just what it means to be on the spectrum. He explains ‘why’ people on the spectrum look at simple everyday situations differently and he explains the solutions and strategies that helped him, and others cope with the world around them. Not all tips will work for everyone but it is a starting point. You have to think about what you say as someone on the spectrum may not know you are joking or serious because body language doesn’t work for them. Joshua has been there done that and managed to go to university and get a degree in psychology – how cool is that! Coping strategies are the key and fortunately my grandson has been diagnosed early enough to get those coping strategies and will lead a ‘normal’ life. Joshua’s book is written in an easy to read and down to earth way, and many sections had had me laughing out loud. No long-winded, boring and hard to read stuff. Joshua’s book is an answer to a grandmother’s prayer and I am getting a copy for my daughter to read as I am sure it will help her.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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