"From Like to Love"- For young people with Asperger's syndrome. (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
By: Tony Attwood, PHD & Michelle Garnett, PHD
Autism is commonly misunderstood, when I learned of it I did not know
that it was a spectrum disorder. I had only been exposed to the the
severe and debilitating side of the spectrum. "From Like to Love"
introduced me to Asperger's syndrome, a more mild form of autism, one
that comes with it's own unique challenges.
Most notable of
these the difficulty when confronted with affection and dealing with
empathy. Unlike the typical response to physical displays of affection
ie. hugging, kissing; the ASD child may shy away or even stiffen under
the touch of a loving parent. This reaction can continue throughout the
ASD child's life into adulthood, making forming bonds and attachments
to others quite difficult.
Dr.s' Attwood and Garnett set forth
that with support, loving guidance and a set program the ASD child can
develop a stronger understanding of emotions, affection and empathy
towards others. The authors have not only gave parents a tool to
greater understanding of their ASD child; but has also given them the
gift of a fantastic program within the pages of "From Like to Love".
The activities included are thought provoking and meant to facilitate
deep thought and understanding within the ASD child. I believe that
this book will be a blessing to many people and open up the dialog
between parents and ASD children.
* I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.