April Is Autism Awareness Month
April 05, 2013
Jodi Picoult’s novel, House Rules, deals with a teenager with Asperger syndrome who is accused of murder. The story uses the crime as a window into the teenager’s life and the effect his condition has on his family. It also addresses the difficulties that people with emotional and mental disabilities have in the legal system.
Autism is a term used for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder.
Autism spectrum disorder can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention, as well as physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with Asperger’s excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
For more information checkout:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know by American Academy of Pediatrics
- The Asperkid’s Secret Book of Social Rules by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
- The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
- The Way Things Look to Me by Roopa Farooki
- The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer
- The Innocent Witness by Terri Reed