I want to be like you
I want to be like you Life with Asperger's Syndrome Travis E. Breeding. Mustang, Oklahoma: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC, 2010.
I first met Travis when he was going through a very difficult time in his walk through life. He was struggling very deeply with the social isolation and rejection that often accompanies Aspergers Syndrome, which is eloquently and accurately reflected in his memoir. He has come a long way since then, accepting himself and his diagnosis, and working on areas that trouble him. While I am not the type of professional who believes that Aspies need a cure, what I do want for everyone is self-acceptance, for them to be comfortable with who they are, and to be able to live a productive, satisfying life. I believe that Travis is on this journey now.
The first portion of the book is his memoirs and includes personal insights into struggles that often accompany Asperger's Syndrome. The Appendix is a rich resource for anyone affected by Asperger's Syndrome. In this section, Mr. Breeding expands on topics touched on in the body of the book; further explaining special interests, how the Aspie uses these as a coping mechanism and how to successfully moderate the interest in the instance that it is an inappropriate interest. He also delves deeper into the escape into imagination, physical and emotional abuse, awareness, and, the friendship/acquaintance ratio.
This book will be an especially valuable resource for the family member or practitioner who is trying to glean insight into the mind of a person with Aspergers Syndrome. I believe that his book will join the ranks of other great writers on the spectrum whom I have had the pleasure of spending time with including John Elder Robison and Sondra Williams.
Bonnie Kimpling-Kelly, Teacher/Behavior Analyst