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Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes Hardcover – 16 Dec 2005

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (16 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843108151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843108153
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 0.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Different Like Me is a well written, informative book that introduces children - aged 8 and up - to quirky famous people; people who excelled in their chosen filed, be it music, art, science and even comedy, but didn't quite fit in. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of what made them tic and the fact that there were a good proportion of women this is a great confidence booster for children with a 'high functioning' Autistic Spectrum Disorder, an opportunity for them to show off, and an enjoyable read for every one, to boot!' -- Education Otherwise Autistic children and their friends will find much to admire in these people and will learn that being different can have its positive points. Excellent for school libraries and for the home as well. -- www.healthybooks.org.uk I see this book as useful for children aged eight to twelve, for families with a young child with autism and for schools to be able to celebrate difference. So often the differences we identify and celebrate are the visible ones, but it is vital that we can see the individuality of each person as a cause for celebration too. This book will help all those reading it to remember the autism heroes and recognise the special differences and individuality of children with autism. -- Rostrum Different Like Me is a book describing the lives of various people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who all excelled in their chosen fields. It is beautifully illustrated and starts with an introduction to Quinn, who describes what it feels like to be different from others- to be, in fact, autistic. The famous people include Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Sir Isaac Newton and gives brief pen portraits of their lives, difficulties they encountered and their achievements. The book is written with children between the ages of eight and twelve years in mind, and could be a useful resource for explaining some of the effects of autism and the feeling of not fitting in or belonging. It offers good role models and will encourage those children with low self-esteem, that they, too, can achieve great things. -- Support for Learning I think this book would be a useful addition to the library of any secondary school with youngsters with Asperger's Syndrome or higher level ASD -- Michael Jones, Educational Consultant 'Written through the eyes of 8 -year-old Quinn who has Asperger's syndrome (AS), this delightfully illustrated book introduces famous and talented people who are felt to have autism or AS. Historical and present day personalities are included, from the sciences, music, literature, art and comedy. In describing each individual and his or her special talents, this lively little book shows the diversity that is found within the autistic spectrum. The writer gives a clear message that being different is not just ok but is something to celebrate. Her aim was to help children with autistic spectrum disorders understand their diagnosis. The illustrations and single-page, clearly written accounts make this plausible. Although the book is intended for 8 to 12 year olds, it would also be relevant to families, friends, carers and educators.' -- Good Autism Practice The book begins with a young boy going to the Doctor who subsequently tells him that he is autistic. The doctor explains that this means that he is different and may find it difficult fitting in. The book then introduces him to inspirational famous and historical figures, all of which excel in their own particular field but are united by the fact that they too, found it difficult to fit in. Each page has a different person's life story and an illustration of the person. The stories are written very simply, easily read and understandable, yet truly inspirational and very educational. -- Autism Awareness Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Isaac Newton, Lewis Carol and Hans Christian Andersen had one thing in common. According to this book they all had autistic spectrum disorder. It tells the very interesting stories of 20 men and women who didn't "fit in" with other people but were talented and successful in their own fields. The stories are illustrated by original paintings of each person.' Different like me, by Jennifer Elder, is a book that celebrates some of the great things achieved by people on the Autism spectrum. The book is aesthetically pleasing: well presented; beautifully illustrated, and easy to read, both in content and layout. -- Children Young People & Families This book will help inspire kids who are different and shows them that they too can succeed. -- Temple Grandin, Associate Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, and author of Animals in Translation

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Different Like Me is a well written, informative book that introduces children - aged 8 and up - to quirky famous people; people who excelled in their chosen filed, be it music, art, science and even comedy, but didn't quite fit in. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of what made them tic and the fact that there were a good proportion of women this is a great confidence booster for children with a `high functioning' Autistic Spectrum Disorder, an opportunity for them to show off, and an enjoyable read for every one, to boot!' (Education Otherwise)

Autistic children and their friends will find much to admire in these people and will learn that being different can have its positive points. Excellent for school libraries and for the home as well. (www.healthybooks.org.uk)

I see this book as useful for children aged eight to twelve, for families with a young child with autism and for schools to be able to celebrate difference. So often the differences we identify and celebrate are the visible ones, but it is vital that we can see the individuality of each person as a cause for celebration too. This book will help all those reading it to remember the autism heroes and recognise the special differences and individuality of children with autism. (Rostrum)

Different Like Me is a book describing the lives of various people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who found it difficult to fit into society. There are both famous and historical people who all excelled in their chosen fields. It is beautifully illustrated and starts with an introduction to Quinn, who describes what it feels like to be different from others- to be, in fact, autistic.

The famous people include Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Sir Isaac Newton and gives brief pen portraits of their lives, difficulties they encountered and their achievements.

The book is written with children between the ages of eight and twelve years in mind, and could be a useful resource for explaining some of the effects of autism and the feeling of not fitting in or belonging.

It offers good role models and will encourage those children with low self-esteem, that they, too, can achieve great things.

(Support for Learning)

I think this book would be a useful addition to the library of any secondary school with youngsters with Asperger's Syndrome or higher level ASD (Michael Jones, Educational Consultant)

`Written through the eyes of 8 -year-old Quinn who has Asperger's syndrome (AS), this delightfully illustrated book introduces famous and talented people who are felt to have autism or AS. Historical and present day personalities are included, from the sciences, music, literature, art and comedy. In describing each individual and his or her special talents, this lively little book shows the diversity that is found within the autistic spectrum. The writer gives a clear message that being different is not just ok but is something to celebrate. Her aim was to help children with autistic spectrum disorders understand their diagnosis. The illustrations and single-page, clearly written accounts make this plausible. Although the book is intended for 8 to 12 year olds, it would also be relevant to families, friends, carers and educators.' (Good Autism Practice)

The book begins with a young boy going to the Doctor who subsequently tells him that he is autistic. The doctor explains that this means that he is different and may find it difficult fitting in. The book then introduces him to inspirational famous and historical figures, all of which excel in their own particular field but are united by the fact that they too, found it difficult to fit in. Each page has a different person's life story and an illustration of the person. The stories are written very simply, easily read and understandable, yet truly inspirational and very educational. (Autism Awareness)

Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, Isaac Newton, Lewis Carol and Hans Christian Andersen had one thing in common. According to this book they all had autistic spectrum disorder. It tells the very interesting stories of 20 men and women who didn't "fit in" with other people but were talented and successful in their own fields. The stories are illustrated by original paintings of each person.'

Different like me, by Jennifer Elder, is a book that celebrates some of the great things achieved by people on the Autism spectrum. The book is aesthetically pleasing: well presented; beautifully illustrated, and easy to read, both in content and layout.

(Children Young People & Families)

This book will help inspire kids who are different and shows them that they too can succeed. (Temple Grandin, Associate Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, and author of Animals in Translation)

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I wish I had this extraordinary book when I was a child! It is truly a Godsend. Masterfully written and beautifully illustrated, this book helps you celebrate the Autism Experience. What makes this book stand out are the rich illustrations; the list of highly accomplished people with autism such as comedian/actor Andy Kaufman; pop poster artist Andy Warhol; musician Glen Gould; Issac Newton; philosopher Kant; Dian Fossey; Nika Tesla; John Cornell and many others. This is a book that will inspire pride, hope and joy among the autism/Asperger's (a/A) world and certainly enlighten the neurotypical (NT) world as well!
Each one of the people in this book were on the a/A spectrum. Many of them, such as the philosopher Kant predated the terms "autism" and "Asperger's" and learned to live with their sensory and perceptual differences. Each and every one of these people have demonstrated how to live successfully on the a/A spectrum. No "Rain Men" here! I just love this book!
Luckily stores in my town have copies of this book and I feel it is something everybody will benefit from. Be sure to ask your libraries to order this book. God bless those who were directly involved in putting this together. This is a book that makes you want to wave your Enigma Banner and celebrate the a/A experience!
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My 6 year old is a recently diagnosed Aspergers with a very high IQ, and this book was just what he needed to help him understand he's not on his own. The look on his face as he discovered about these amazing people and their achievements made this book worth every penny. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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This book celebrates the differences of people in a clear, straightforward way, by using the examples of famous people past and present. Improving self esteem and confidence in children is vital, but never so much as when the child has a difference. Also good to read as a parent or family member to remind us to always build on strengths.
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My son, who is 8, is an academically bright boy who can struggle with social interactions and definitely sees the world a bit differently to some of his peers.Researching homework about heroes we came across this book and ordered it more from curiosity than anything else. It arrived an hour ago and is being read from cover to cover with complete absorption. It has the perfect combination of interesting detail and humour, with my son constantly telling me a new fact he finds amazing as well as laughing out loud from time to time. This book discusses autism in the well written and relaxed introduction but after that it focuses on the amazing achievements of people from Einstein to Mondrian. What is particularly endearing is the way the narrative on each character renders them very human discussing their likes and dislikes, good and bad habits as well as their inventiveness and creativeness - all are discussed with equal emphasis. Thanks for writing this book - I have had real pleasure watching my son read it tonight and it will be valued for a long time.
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This is a nice concept, but I think it focuses too much on the great achievements of these famous individuals and not enough on the difficulties they experienced, either documented or speculated about. But for this it would get 4 stars instead of 3. It gives a good positive message that being ‘different’ doesn’t always hold you back from achieving or doing what you want to do, however the tragedy is that it often does. This book should not be used to put kids under pressure or give them unrealistic expectations.
My other gripe is, and no offence to Temple Grandin, but it is a sorry state of affairs that she is the only living and / or diagnosed autistic person in this book. What of people like Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and Dan Akroyd, of whom rumours abound of their belief that they have Asperger Syndrome? If this is true it is people like this who should be role models for young people on the spectrum. That is the book I would now like to see.
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This is an inspiring book for children who feel they are 'different' because they have autism. This is also a helpful book for parents/carers of children with autism as it helps us see the positives of their little quirks and how this helped famous people in their life.
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This book sure gives a lot of hope to any kinds of autistic people; it shows us all the people mentioned in this book turned out to be successful although they weren't always good at fitting in. Simply put, they were differently-abled, not mentally retarded at all. I guess that's mainly because they had different sort of talents nobody else had ever thought of. I know there are still biased people against mental illness and impairments. However, I'd like them to deal with this book to think twice about mental or developmental challenges.

And let me get it straight: You'll eventually get burned if you put down this book! That's why I would like not only people with autism or AS but NT people to buckle down to this inspiring book! Don't label this 'just for kids only'!
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I found this book to be a positive outlook for my son who has aspergers, he was able to relate to these famous people and their lives. Very informative.
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