Review – I Think I Might Be Autistic

I Think I Might Be Autistic – Louise R. Allen

I Think I Might Be Autistic

There are two books with this name, this one and one by Cynthia Kim. I have not been able to locate a copy of the other book yet so have no means of comparing the two. This is another short book (27 pages on my tablet), and so it’s fairly obvious that it’s not going to be a comprehensive and indepth read. It’s aimed at adults who are looking into the possibility that they might be autistic (the book does use the term Aspergers, but I think it was written before the most recent DSM update changed the terminology).

If you are an adult who is considering the possibility that they might be on the autistic spectrum, and you know nothing about autism then this book is an okayish start. As I said, it’s not long so there’s no in-depth description of autism, or the presentation of autism that might have been missed in childhood. You would probably find more meaningful information online, from the National Autistic Society. It’s a bit clunky to read in places, I imagine from trying to put so much information into such a short book.

Having worked with children in the past, attaining a degree in education with courses in alternative education, and having family members that are autistic, I am confident in saying that with a little extra care and effective treatments, high functioning autism can be handled well.

Functioning labels have in more recent years become a much argued area – some people hate their use and reject them entirely, other people (including autistic people) use them for classification…it’s just a bit of a messy topic to wade into. I find the suggestion that autistic people need to be handled an interesting choice of words. But my main issue isn’t the terminology really, because I’m pretty laid back about that sort of thing. It’s just clunky to read.

The sections on the available Management and Treatment options are short and provide very little in the way of actual advice. They tend to be more like dictionary definitions.

Residential Interventions: These are designed to help improve home life and essential living skills. It doesn’t just touch on home and living skills but also social skills and other life experiences. Some of these types of interventions include residential care, supported living, and sheltered housing. These types of programs are designed to help adults with autism get out on their own and lead semi or fully independent lives.

Which is fine for a definition, but considering the people this book is aimed at will have a large number of people who have thus far managed to live semi or fully independent lives (which is why they have gone undiagnosed until adulthood), it doesn’t actually provide any useful information. A lot of the listings under Treatment and Management are like this. The part of the book that had the most useful information is the section entitled Home Treatment, where the author describes different things that a person might try to help themselves cope with any difficulties that arise from their autism. This section actually has some more indepth explanations of what you could do.

Overall, it’s an inoffensive and short read, but it doesn’t offer much that can’t be gotten elsewhere with very little searching. I certainly wouldn’t use it as your main point of research.

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