Author and young adult living with Asperger’s/
What is unique about this book is the depth of understanding and the analytical skills Alex has brought to this task. As Alex says, "There are varying types of Asperger's and young people cannot all be squeezed into having the same diagnostic symptoms. But what they do have are some correlation to the symptoms laid out by Hans Asperger." ( Please note Asperger's may now be described as the lower end of the Autistic scale.) In his book, Alex takes each of eight symptoms and comments how these symptoms are pertinent in his life. In so doing, the reader will find similarities to those children with Asperger's that they know and will be able to reflect with new insights on what Alex is talking about.
In addition to the above, Alex shares many experiences in his life that reflect his Asperger's condition from not being able to drive, social development, repetitions, panic situations, holidays, family, movies, relaxers, etc.
Every child with Asperger's has some gift. Alex's gift is his ability to penetrate to the core of his Asperger's Syndrome and then is able to articulate his response in such a way as to enlighten the reader. Added to this is a great sense of metaphor, which is highlighted by multiple graphics in the book.
The author’s illustrations and graphics help articulate his condition and the unique way he experiences daily life. Some of the young man’s unpleasant episodes will bring readers to tears, while others are recounted in great hilarity, as his difference drives comedic situations that all involved can laugh with in understanding. In the addendum to the book, family members and friends assess Alex’s diagnosis and offer their own advice on life with someone with autism or Asperger’s.
Alex explains, "My insights and graphics which metaphorically explain my Aspergers are all mine. They are unique and this capacity to explain who I am and what makes we people with Apergers tick is the gift I have as an Autistic person."
In My Mind: A Journey Through My Life With Asperger's/Autism
Author: Alex Olinkiewicz
Co-author: Dr. Richard O'Connell
Published: August 2012
About The Author:
Alex Olinkiewicz was born and in Long Island, New York. He is a young adult diagnosed with Asperger’s from infancy. His successful YouTube video, IN MY MIND, with over 1,270,000 views, has inspired him to write his journey through life dealing with Asperger's/Autism. Alex wants to share his experiences and most importantly his message so that people like himself with Asperger's will be treated as equals, and calmly given more respect, and not considered as just plain odd people who want to get their way.
Dr. Richard O'Connell has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova University, two master degrees from Manhattan College in Counseling Psychology and English Literature and a bachelor of arts from The Catholic University of America. He began his career teaching fifty-four students, eight subjects a day in the same classroom. He then spent two years teaching high school English before beginning his career as a guidance counselor. Presently, O'Connell does volunteer work at Roosevelt High School, N.Y., working with minority students in their efforts to enter and finance college. He works under the auspices of THE YONKERS PARTNERS IN EDUCATION.
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Dr. Richard O’Connell
In My Mind is available for purchase online from the publisher CreateSpace.com, Amazon.com, BN.com and other online retailers. Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.