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What Is It Like to Be Me?

A Book About a Boy with Asperger's Syndrome
  • Author
    • Alenka Klemenc
  • Illustrator
    • Ursa Rozic
  • Foreword
    • Dr Anthony Attwood
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Join Greg, a young boy with Asperger's syndrome (AS), as he tells us all about the world as he sees and experiences it. We learn about all the things he loves, including his routine and numbers, as well as his special interest in batteries (he even has a rectangular one!). Greg also tells us about the things that he finds challenging, from a change in his beloved routine to reading facial expressions, and how these things can sometimes leave him upset and overwhelmed. By explaining the way he feels and how best to calm him down when it all gets too much, Greg helps us to understand AS and how it affects the way he views the people and objects around him.

With comprehensive sections for parents and professionals on AS and the impact it can have on the family unit and life in the wider community, this charmingly illustrated book helps to increase awareness and understanding of Asperger's syndrome. It will be of interest to families of children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as teachers and other professionals working with children on the autism spectrum.
  • Published: Mar 28 2013
  • Pages: 96
  • 289 x 222mm
  • ISBN: 9781849053754
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Press Reviews

  • Youth in Mind

    This book is informative and easy to read. It's written from the point of view of Greg, a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome... Throughout the book Greg's story is presented in a child-friendly style, with colourful illustrations helping to bring Greg's words to life and, at times. Help the reader further understand Greg's point of view. Including sections from both a parent and professional's point of view. This book would be a useful read for children and adults wanting to understand more about and/or gain an overview of Asperger's Syndrome.
  • School Librarian

    This book on understanding Asperger's Syndrome is a must for parents and teachers to read, have readily available on their shelf, and to share with school children and siblings alike.
  • International Journal of Developmental Disabilities

    The book is accessible to a wide audience, including children with and without Asperger's syndrome, parents, other family members and carers, and professionals. The section from Greg's perspective is illustrated with engaging pictures that help the reader see through Greg's eyes and into his world. This, along with the father's narrative, makes the book a worthwhile, highly recommended read... The first section, "A father's story", provides a heart-felt, honest account of the challenges that can be faced by parents of a child with Asperger's syndrome. It is written in a way that will be meaningful and accessible to other parents and details experiences to which other parents will relate... The written narrative provides a clear, uncomplicated account of Greg's perspective on the world and offers simple explanations of the reasons why the behaviour of children with Asperger's syndrome can be different and, at times, difficult... Klemenc emphasises the complexities of our social and emotional worlds and successfully explains that, for a child with Asperger's syndrome, social and emotional understanding is not automatic or intuitive but like learning a foreign language.
  • Cerebra

    It is a very enjoyable book and a very good starting point for a family with a child with Asperger Syndrome who want to understand more about it.
  • eye

    what a super resource on many levels... Children will love the enchantingly cartoon-style illustrations and adults will feel empowered by the knowledge and practical advice sensitivity offered.
  • Read Reading Hub blog, Jill Bennett

    This insightful book, written by a clinical psychologist and therapist who is also the mother of a child with AS is one that should be read by everyone, not only those in direct contact with an aspie child or children be they teachers, parents, family members or other professionals, but also anybody who is interested in other people.
  • Healthy Books

    (...) it will be of seminal use particularly to families and to people working with children on the autistic spectrum. Beautifully produced.
  • from the foreword by Tony Attwood

    I strongly recommend this enchanting book for parents, family members (especially grandparents and siblings) and professionals such as teachers, who can quickly learn and appreciate the characteristics of Asperger's syndrome and how they affect the child in the class and the playground, and therapists and clinicians, who can use the text and illustrations when explaining Asperger's syndrome to a parent or child.

    It is simply and warmly illustrated, and helps raise awareness and understanding of AS.