Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger’s and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers

Author: John Elder Robison

This is the second book written by Robison, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s in later adulthood. He offers insight into the strategies he has used to navigate life and relationships. He shares tips on how he makes sense of rules and expectations that can appear confusing or illogical (topics range from sensory processing to the value of manners). 

Robinson provides an interesting commentary on how behaviour is defined or interpreted by children versus adults and shares insight about behaviours that were once seen as ‘negative’ are what have helped him tremendously in his career. Whereas his differences and special abilities have become very valuable in contributing to success later in life – hoping to inspire others to be true to themselves and to aim high.

Robison offers insight for those working and interacting with people with Asperger’s to advocate for strength-based approaches and celebrate differences. Straight-forward and practical – this book is easy to read while providing useful suggestions to tackle challenging questions.

This book is available from the Ottawa Public library, in hard copy and as an audiobook

Taylor Ann Gardner-Jenkins, RECE, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.
Resource Consultant