pietarts:

realsocialskills:

Ugh, speaking as someone with an Asperger’s diagnosis, I HATED Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I literally threw the book at the wall in fury halfway through, that’s how much its portrayal offended me. I wouldn’t recommend it…

pietarts said:

We used that book in at the after school program for kids with autism that I worked at. We made it as clear as possible to the students that this wasn’t written by a person with aspergers, just a person who worked around them. The kids get a short summary of the books and get to choose 4 out of the 8 books they want to read for the year. They know what the story is about and still went with it. We had 6 kids who chose that book earlier this year.

One of the guys actively disliked it, he didn’t like the main character and couldn’t relate to him at all. He disliked reading the book and just scraped by with minimal work. The other 3 guys and 1 girl thought it was ok. They could sort of relate to him on some parts, but not really. That girl was disturbed by the death of the dog.

The last girl really really liked the book. Her parents were going though a divorce and was being bounced back and forth, she could relate the the main character a lot. She did think the boy was a bit too unrealistic with his logic and math and puzzle obsessions (she was more of a sci-fi, fantasy fan). She just liked being able to read about a character with aspergers who was a real person, with a real (broken) family, and wasn’t some super savant genius type.

So basically, YMMV, don’t diss the book until you’ve read it.

realsocialskills said:

Fair enough. It’s good to hear what some autistic folks liked about it.