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The joy of reading

I love to read!!! I read mostly fiction, but on occasion I will read some non-fiction.
In my opinion, this Kindle Fire is the best tool ever for reading. There are tons of books I can download from my local library for FREE to rent for 21 days. I can also download the newspaper, my favorite magazines, most Android based apps and even music and videos. This little thing does about everything.

I just finished reading a couple of books. They were both very enlightening, one fiction and the other non-fiction. Both were about a boy named “Jacob” with Aspergers. My son’s name is Jacob and was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was about 11; so a good friend of mine suggested I read both of these. (I’m glad she did!!)

Fiction – however, I’m sure Jodi Picoult did a lot of research. It’s about a teenager who has Aspergers that is accused of murdering his tutor. It’s called “House Rules” because people with Aspergers like rules, and having order. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book and I found it a very quick and easy read.
  Non-fiction. This book is written by the mother of a child with Aspergers, who lives here in Indiana, also. This is a very interesting story about a Mom who was told her child probably wouldn’t be able to tie his own shoes let alone function in society. He’s now studying advanced physics, quantum theories and other related studies that I, nor half of the world, could begin to understand. The premise of this book is how his Mom helped him get back to a somewhat normal life. I think the book does have some good points and it certainly seemed to work for her and for the other families discussed in the book. She did go on a few tangents about other family members, mostly her Grandfather, so it made the book a little harder to read at some points. But all in all the book was very insightful.

I really enjoyed both of these books and found some things made more sense in regards to our own situation after I read them. Our son’s almost nineteen now, so, I’ll always be his Mom, but I’m done “raising” him. That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be here when he needs me, it’s just different now. One day, I’m sure he’ll move away and live his own life. (and that’s a good thing – he needs to be able to be an independent, contributing citizen in society).

What scares me is the amount of people being diagnosed on the Autism spectrum now, the numbers are incredible. According to the CDC, 1 in 88 children are being diagnosed on the spectrum.

Jacob is an only child, so everything was a new experience to us. I just wish I had known more about Aspergers when he was diagnosed, but there just didn’t seem to be that much information out there at the time. I realize that people with Aspergers all relate differently, but I have also come to realize that there are some very specific traits that most of these kids start out with.

For instance, our son walked on his tip toes – a lot, which was probably a sensory thing. They tend to have heightened senses and as a result react differently to touch, taste, light, noise, crowds etc… He also had a very strong fascination with dinosaurs. He could tell you there names, what they ate, how and when they lived, but that’s as far as it went. He didn’t line them up in any specific order. Every night at bedtime I would read him a book or bible story, and after about the third reading he would “read” along with me. He’d memorized the words by then. He was always wanting to take things apart to “see how they work” too. Problem was he didn’t have any desire to put them back together, once he figured things out he moved on to something else. And really, he’s never been particularly organized. (completely unlike me -who color codes the closet – ha ha).

P1000876 He loved playing with ribbon (and toilet paper when he was a lot younger). Once I picked him up from his Grandparents and there was a beautiful display of ribbon hanging from there chandelier in the entry way, and in the bedrooms, and the hallway. This is another point that was made in “Spark” – I had no idea that my Jacob was doing anything but having a fun time with the string, but apparently there must have been more to it that that.  Another correlation I found interesting with the “Spark” book was the both my Jacob and the other Jake is they have difficult time reading fiction. My Jacob just prefers not to fill his mind with things that aren’t true or real, it just isn’t logical. And if nothing else, most people with Aspergers are very logical thinkers. If it doesn’t make sense then it’s a total waste of his time basically.

Sorry if this is too long. It’s a subject dear to my heart and I hope you found it interesting.~Bam

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I'm a wife and Mom. I love baking, crafting, scrap booking, and reading for fun. I work full-time outside of the home and I have one adult son who has high functioning Autism. My husband and I have been married for over 25 years and I still love him as much today as I did the day we were married.

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