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A collection of stories from people who have home educated children on the autistic spectrum. Home ed can be a life saver for these kids - weve seen many transformations. After the kids are out of the school system they seem to lose the idea that they are 'disabled' or 'faulty' in any way and find their own place in the world. Einstein was told he was stupid at school...

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A totally fascinating read on several levels. John has had an interesting life, developing amplifiers and special effects for Kiss and Pink Floyd in the past, moving on to the toy industry then eventually starting his own business restoring fine European automobliles. His childhood was harrowing, growing up with a mother with severe mental health issues and a father who became an alcoholic. His younger brother has also written his memoirs of these times in the rather better known Running With Scissors which I am keen to read now.

Obviously I find Johnís views and ideas about aspergers absorbing. I agree so much with what he says about why some kids with asd become very badly behaved or even violent Ė the way other people treat them leads to a lot of frustration building up. As a child he played some really bizarre tricks on people Ė incredibly well thought out and clever but quite disturbing too. He hated school, never fitted in and left at 15. Itís at this part of the book that we begin to see him shine. He channels his own talents and expertise into finding work and a life for himself. Never boastful, it seems as if he doesnít realise just quite how well he has done. Itís rare and special when someone achieves work that they love and makes a good living that way. Thinking of various aspies Iíve known/know, I wonder if they are actually better at managing this than the rest? The ability to think your own way and not take on peer group ideas is strongÖ

I loved the latter section of the book where John talks about his relationships in a beautifully logical, slightly bemused way. His love for his son is wonderful and I found it most humerous how he talks about this and everyone he loves. So a fab book all round, much aspergian wisdom dispensed within :D

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'the curious incident of the dog in the night-time' by Mark Haddon. An unusual and intense read. Seen through the eyes of a 15 year old boy with Aspergers Syndrome, this novel endows the reader with a greater understanding of the autistic mind than some text books on the subject. Very difficult to put down once started!

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