Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 28, 2012
The most common symptom of Asperger’s Syndrome is an obsessive interest in a single subject. However, having such a close focus on that subject often allows an individual with Asperger’s to excel at a level above their peers. A new e-book series geared toward teens now celebrates the outstanding abilities of those with Asperger’s instead of focusing on their disabilities.
“We are not fully utilizing the talents and abilities of individuals with Asperger’s the way we could. I wrote these books to encourage young people with Asperger’s and to better educate the general public about it,” said author Ed Graham. “Frequently, individuals with Asperger’s excel at math and science, two fields where America is falling behind.”
Each e-book stars a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome. In Graham’s latest book, “The Incredible Henry Hof,” a boy who is not an athlete is able to set a Guiness World Record by using his exceptional abilities in spherical trigonometry to score 99 points during one half of a high school basketball game. The book series includes illustrations by Zan Barnett.
Henry Hof isn’t just a fictional character. The actual Henry Hof was a high school and college basketball star, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer helping to build schools in South America. He later headed Latin American aid for the United Nations and was instrumental in projects that saved lives.
Two e-books in “The Awesome Aspie” series are “The Incredible Henry Hof” and “Somebody Hears Me!” Both are available for purchase through Amazon.com and coming soon on iTunes.
When treated effectively, children with Asperger’s can learn to manage their disability, but may continue to struggle socially and with personal relationships. Asperger’s is often likened to a mild form of autism. Adults with Asperger’s are generally able to maintain an independent lifestyle and successfully work in a mainstream job.
“Our educational system tends to place those with Asperger’s in special classes where they are taught subjects of little use, like how to pick up signals that others are not interested in continuing a conversation,” said Graham. “Instead this time could be focused on allowing them to concentrate on their own area of expertise and develop it thoroughly. If our system took full advantage of the exceptional abilities of people with Asperger’s, America’s sagging education scores might show a surprising jump.”