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.
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:
- 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?
- 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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