Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! By Melanie Walsh

 

 

Special situation books

Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! has a quote on the cover which reads: “A valuable step in celebrating the Asperger’s child” – Massachusetts General Hospital’s Aspire Program, and this is really a perfect description of this pretty awesome book.

Summary:

Narrated by ‘Isaac’ who has Asperger’s syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder) this book highlights the daily positives and challenges encountered by a child (or person) with Asperger’s syndrome. An example of these are: a brain that retains loads of information and facts but a difficulty looking people in the eyes.

Why I love it:

Having taught a number of children with Asperger’s syndrome, I have developed a great interest in understanding the way their brains differ and the needs of a person with this particular autism spectrum disorder. Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! is absolutely brilliant for putting this information in a simple-to-understand, and concise format. This would be a fantastic book for children who have Asperger’s, and also for those who may have a child with Asperger’s in their class at school or in their friendship group.

Understanding is key and that’s what this book provides (obviously only at a base level). It also provides bright, cheerful illustrations and a very positive message about Asperger’s in general.

At the end there is also a list of websites you can visit to gain greater insight and understanding.

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • Asperger’s and autism
  • Our brains and how they function
  • Celebrating differences
  • Understanding and acceptance

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Have you ever heard of Asperger’s? What do you think it might be?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/Why not?
  • Look at the illustration on the back cover. What do you think this illustration is telling us about the book?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why/Why not?
  • Was this book fiction or non-fiction? Can a book be both?
  • Did Isaac really have superpowers?
  • Do you think you understand what Asperger’s syndrome is? What can you tell me about it?
  • If you knew a child like Isaac, what would you say to him/her?
  • What do you think would be the hardest part about having Asperger’s syndrome?
  • What do you think would be the best part about having Asperger’s syndrome?
  • What is one way you think your own brain works differently to other people’s?

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