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Kirsti Evans and John Swogger. Illustrated by John Swogger

Something Different about Dad. Second edition

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$ 19.95

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Catalog No. 29506

Sophie and Daniel's Dad is different. Join them as they learn the reasons behind his difficulty with communication, flexible thinking, sensory and motor skills and anxiety, and find ways to make family life easier for everyone.

This warm and honest book--nonfiction though in graphic novel format--is perfect for any family with a parent on the autism spectrum.

There's something different about Dad. He gets upset when we're even a minute late for dinner, he is angry at noisy family gatherings, and he really likes talking about buses. He is also always on time to pick us up from school, helps with our homework for hours on end, and has a detailed knowledge of car engines that has saved day trips from breakdown disaster. It's OK that there's something different about Dad!

Following the story of Sophie and Daniel whose Dad, Mark, is on the autism spectrum, this heartwarming comic reveals the family's journey from initial diagnosis to gradual appreciation of Dad's differences. The family learn the reasons behind Dad's difficulties with communication, the senses, flexibility, and relationships, and find ways to make family life easier for everyone. It is an informative, lighthearted and reassuring look at growing up with a parent on the autism spectrum.

"Something Different About Dad is an excellent resource for families impacted by Asperger syndrome. The authors serve as guides through the daily dilemmas that may emerge. They use an effective combination of image and text to explain terminology in concrete, useable ways. The book provides a nonjudgmental categorization of differences in AS--how they may be manifested and managed while caring for all parties involved. The book also effectively addresses misinformation that one might encounter, making it a one-stop reference in this area. Most effective is the section in which a big family event that goes awry is deconstructed to help generate understanding. This book helpfully encourages concrete self-care for all parties while also promoting online safety. A bonus shout out to the power of comics in health information is greatly appreciated! Something Different About Dad is a fantastic resource for anyone and everyone impacted by Asperger Syndrome."-- MK Czerwiec, a.k.a. Comic Nurse and co-manager of GraphicMedicine.org

152 pages. 2016


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