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Good (with one reservation)
on 14 June 2012
I'm not really sure it's possible for a neurotypical person to understand what is really happening in the minds of people with an Autism Spectrum disorder, including Asperger syndrome. Although often referred to as High Functioning Autism, the literalist aspect of Asperger syndrome must be both baffling and frightening.
In some cases, people with Asperger syndrome will interpret all language literally as it is written and spoken. So when it is pouring with rain it really does rain cats and dogs and you really can give a person a piece of your mind. The confusion that this must cause is clear.
This books intention is to teach people to understand the (as it says on the book) meaning of "idioms, metaphors and everyday expressions".
With simple (well, childlike if the truth be told) cartoons the idioms etc explained.
The cartoons do make for entertaining viewing and reading, but I am a little concerned that they may be interpreted as meaning all people with an ASD view the world in a childlike fashion. This is very, very far from the truth.
The book will almost certainly be of value to many people - and it could have also have been used in English as a Second language classes if it had not been so clearly identifies as a book just for people with an ASD.
If nothing else, this book will provide a valuable reminder to people that everyday language can often be impenetrable to people with an ASD.
Having said all this I would still recommend this book to anybody who knows, works with, teaches or loves a person with an ASD.