We'd had a particularly difficult week last month, one that included a meeting with Danny's teachers. To say that I came away from that meeting discouraged and disheartened would be an understatement. Heartbroken comes much closer.
An email from Future Horizons asking if I would like to review Temple Grandin's new book couldn't have come at a better time. The subtitle of Different, Not Less by Temple Grandin is apt: "Inspiring stories of achievement and successful employment from adults with Autism, Asperger's and ADHD."
In the foreword, Dr. Tony Attwood makes this claim: "This book has antidepressant qualities to rival those of medication." And he's totally right!
I sat there reading this book, inhaling it really, alternately smiling and crying, all the while feeling like there IS hope. There really, really is.
Grandin has done an excellent job in selecting the stories to highlight in this book. She chose an incredibly varied group of adults with a wide range of experiences. The book includes accounts from a physician, a real estate agent, a mother, and professor among many others, all adults who have found their way in a world that is not always particularly accommodating to those whose brains are wired differently.
And they don't sugar coat things. It is an honest assessment of the challenges and successes that they have had over the years from childhood on.
I highly recommend Different, Not Less to anyone who has Asperger's, Autism, or ADHD or anyone who works with individuals that do. And I recommend it to anyone looking for some inspiration, because you are sure to find it.
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