Whilst browsing the bookshop in Seven Stories today something caught my eye. I’m not sure if it was because I’ve got a brother called Isaac or maybe because things about Autism just seem to gravitate towards me but I knew straight away that we would be purchasing Isaac and his amazing Asperger Superpowers!
The bright and colourful book looks at life from Isaac’s perspective. It cleverly balances the some of the positives and some of the challenges of having Asperger’s Syndrome which is a type of Autism.
The book looks at relationships, school, taking things literally, sensory overload, eye contact and seeing the world differently in a fun and positive way.
It’s clearly written and beautifully illustrated and is perfect for young children.
This page looks at Isaac’s superpower of having a fantastic brain that remembers lots of interesting facts but also shows that sometimes people are not interested in everything he has to say.
There’s also great pages about why Isaac is allowed to have a special fidget toy at school and why he finds social interaction difficult (because he’s a superhero and has lots of things going on in his head…obviously!)
However this has to be my favourite page –
In conclusion I think this a fab book for families who have a child with Asperger’s or Autism to explain to the child, their siblings, friends and peers about some of differences and challenges these children face. I also think that it is a great resource for schools to use for SEN children in mainstream school to read to the whole class. I do however wish that it was called ‘Isaac and his amazing Autism Superpowers’ as these days in lots of areas children are diagnosed with being on the Autisic Spectrum rather than having Asperger’s.
Although it’s not really applicable for Toby having severe autism and being non-verbal, we wanted to read it to Teddy as we want him to grow up to be tolerant and inclusive of others and to understand that we’re all different – that’s the way God has made us. Anyway the world would be pretty boring if we were all the same!
We paid £11.99 for the hardback version (which is way more than I would normally spend on a kids book!) but I think it’s worth it. I’ve had a look on Amazon and the paperback version isn’t being released until next year but here’s the link for both the hardback and paperback if you are interested – Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1406344451/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nMiXxbM5X9NXG