[this book] takes up the challenge of explaining autism to people with the condition. Presented as a workbook of exercises, the activities focus on the insides and outsides of bodies, people's strong points, preferences and differences, how brains work and contrasting kinds of intelligence, leading on to disability and the consequences of autism. [T]he material signals an important shift - promoting self-awareness, rather than imposing a 'normal' perspective.
I am Special is a comprehensive workbook designed to help young people understand their autism. It is clearly a much needed tool which I am sure will be welcomed by parents and professionals alike. It offers a detailed and systematic approach to working with individuals with autism aged 10 and over. Adopting a "pick and mix" approach to individualise the programme is recommended by the authors and they stress that the workbook is part of an interactive process and not an end in itself. It is a thoughtful and well planned programme which would be useful in working with individuals with autistic spectrum disorders.