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Totally amazing: This book describes Asperger's like having superpowers

Melanie Walsh's new book, Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers!, explains Asperger's in a kid-friendly way.

Photo: ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! Copyright © 2016 by Melanie Walsh. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

Photo: Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! Copyright © 2016 by Melanie Walsh. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

Isaac may look like everyone else, but he’s got something that makes him a little different. In fact, he’s a superhero and he’s got the powers to prove it!

Isaac is the main character of Melanie Walsh’s new book, Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers!, which tries to explain Asperger syndrome—a type of autismto kids in a way that’s easy to understand. The story is based on Walsh’s personal experience with her on-the-spectrum son.

“I wanted to write a book that explained Asperger syndrome to classmates, friends, and relatives in a simple, gentle, and positive way,” says Walsh. “Children who have ASD do have challenges, but also many amazing strengths.”

Photo: ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! Copyright © 2016 by Melanie Walsh. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

Photo: ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! Copyright © 2016 by Melanie Walsh. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

And indeed, Isaac has many strengths. His superhero brain allows him to remember a bunch of interesting facts and he’s able to spot little things that other kids can’t with his super vision. Isaac’s got a lot to think about, so if he doesn’t remember to say hi, he’s not being rude, he just forgot!

Photo: ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! Copyright © 2016 by Melanie Walsh. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

Photo: ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! Copyright © 2016 by Melanie Walsh. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.

This book also tackles the more difficult parts of having Asperger’s, such as being sensitive to certain sounds and not being able to look people in the eyes.

Though it’s more geared towards peers, kids on the spectrum will also love recognizing their superpowers in this sweet educational book.

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