Thursday, July 19, 2012

Be Different

Just finished reading John Elder Robinson's latest book, Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers . Loved it, loved his advice for people with Asperger's. He discusses everything from emotions to sensory issues to friendships to being different - which is the point of the book: it's okay to be different. He says that being Aspergian (his term) is a gift to be utilized. He tells others to channel their narrow interests into their life's work - as he has very successfully done.

Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & TeachersHe says that there are simple solutions to many of the issues that Aspergian's have. For example, he is a business owner and deals with people a lot, so he decided to beef up his social skills by reading Emily Post's Guide to Manners and Dale Carnegie's How to wn Friends and Influence People. Makes sense. So does the book.

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