Understanding Asperger Syndrome: Book Review of a Picture Book

All great and precious things are lonely.”

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

You notice there’s something different about your child. They don’t play with the other kids at school. They get upset quickly. You tell them to go outside, but they want to play with the same toy over and over and over again.

Could it be a disability? You wonder…….

Later on, you get your child tested. The results come.

Autism Spectrum Disorder- Level One. Or……..Asperger’s Syndrome

What does this mean? You’re confused…..you want to understand your child but don’t know how.

Let’s dive into understanding autism; a picture book that helps is coming!

Levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Image by MissLunaRose12 via Wikimedia.

The higher the level of autism is, the more support that person needs. These levels are not black-and-white, and do not describe every person with autism accurately. Every person with a disability is unique.

Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism that is not being diagnosed anymore. It’s been replaced with Autism Spectrum Disorder- Level One.

This is supposed to make it easier for people with autism to be diagnosed, and for autism to be understood. Some people disagree. Some people who have already been diagnosed still say they have Asperger’s Syndrome because that’s the label they have gotten used to.

Now you understand more. You’re still confused.

You want to learn more to know your child even better.

Why not pick up a book?

What book? Textbooks and articles use hard words that you don’t understand. The information is not that easy to get to, and you’re stumped.

You try to search online for information. You’re not sure which source is accurate…….Wikipedia? It’s so long! You want something fast and easy to read.

Why not a picture book?

The information is clear, and simple to read. You can also share the book with family members and people at school to make sure they understand your child.

What picture book?

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman

Why this picture book?

Kathy Hoopman does an excellent job of using cats to help people understand life with Autism Spectrum Disorder- Level One.

You laugh and cry as you see all these cats. Their problems are like your child’s life.

Kids with special needs don’t always know how to communicate their feelings. It’s up to the adults in their lives to help these kids out.

This book humanizes children with high-functioning autism in a fun way! It also reminds us not to assume things about someone even though they may communicate or behave in a way that’s different.

Pages 20 and 21 include the parents’ perspective about having a child with autism. Not understanding how to help your own child can make you feel really alone. Having other parents and relatives make ignorant comments makes things worse. It makes you feel like there’s something wrong with you.

This doesn’t help you support your child, and your family feels stigma.

Children who can’t make friends feel isolated; this book shows that.  Cats like to be alone because it’s easier than dealing with other people, and their noise. Many children and adults with autism feel the same way. It’s simple to hide behind your computer, and ignore the real world.

Pages 17 to 19 summarize how lonely people on the autism spectrum feel.

Parents of a child with autism will see their child in the pages of this book. From the brutal honesty to the need to explore……no one child with autism is the same, like how every cat is unique.

Parents who think their child has autism may find this book confirms what they suspect.

Cat lovers will find the book uplifting, and funny!

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome reminds parents and kids with special needs that they’re not alone in the world. Everyone feels lonely sometimes. Everyone feels that people are unfair, or that the world doesn’t make sense.

Educating yourself and your child about their disability is half the battle. Standing up for what’s right can be hard. Picture books like this make it easier. This book can be a gift to relatives or donated to school libraries to help kids with special needs.

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome is funny, and easy to read! It’s practical, and gives people the information to help themselves.

Kathy Hoopman has a gift for telling a story in a clear, and accessible way. Thank you to her for writing All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome!

Besides, who doesn’t like looking at pictures of cats? 

Students with autism may have trouble understanding what they read, or organizing their work. They could also have trouble reading, or starting an assignment. I get it because I’ve been there. Want to find out more about how I can help your child? Click HERE to book a free 30-minute consultation with me to find out more!

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  1. Hi Anna,

    I love your idea about sharing the picture book “All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome” by Kathy Hoopman with other people that need to understand Asperger Syndrome. I think it will make a difference in how teachers and relatives see children with Asperger’s. Thank you for writing about it!

  2. Thank you for sharing this article.I have never heard of Asperger’s syndrome.
    I think more books like this is needed to bring more awareness about Autism.

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