Review of “aquamarine blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism”

Consider what would happen if you were in unfamiliar surroundings among strangers who understood more about the world they lived in than you do.  Think about living your entire life in a world that does not understand you.  Such is the case of people diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.  Imagine living your entire life knowing everyone else was different and not knowing what was wrong with you.  Many people with Aspergers live most of their lives undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. 

The first of its kind, “aquamarine blue” is a collection of writings from college students who have high-functioning autism.  They write about their experiences, their challenges and how they’ve learned to adapt to the world around them.  They relate anecdotes from their lives explaining what makes them act the way they do.  

Often seen as eccentric or peculiar, people with Asperger Syndrome live in a world of their own with limited social skills which limits the way they live their lives.  “aquamarine blue” is a must-read for teachers of all grades as well as administrators. In fact, it should be required reading for anyone who may come in contact with people with Asperger Syndrome, in particular teachers, law enforcement, pediatricians, and caregivers.  This book sheds light on so many aspects of their lives and gives neuro-typicals (NTs) an inside look at what they go through on a daily basis and how NTs contribute to some of the issues they face.  

The book was edited by Dawn Prince-Hughes, an adjunct professor of anthropology at Western Washington University.  Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 36, Prince-Hughes learned about human behavior from her observation of gorillas.  She has written several books, including “Songs of a Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism.”


About aspieparent18

I am the mother of a daughter who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 12 after years of working with teachers, physicians and finally a wonderful child therapist. I struggle. She struggles. No one understands. I hope this blog will offer encouragement and support for those who have an Aspie and information for those who support a parent with an Aspie.
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