Something Different About Dad
Release Date:01 May 2016

Something Different About Dad

Understanding Your ASD Parent

By Kirsti Evans; Illustrated by John Swogger
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Growing up with a parent on the autistic spectrum can be difficult,and children may often feel confused and worried by the fact that theirparent is so different to others. This positive book takes an honestlook at how Asperger Syndrome can affect a family when a parent is onthe spectrum, and reassures young people that it's ok to have a mumor dad who is different.

Following the story of Sophie and Daniel whose dad, Mark, has AspergerSyndrome, the book reveals the family's journey from initialdiagnosis to gradual acceptance of the fact that there is"something different about Dad." Sophie and Daniel learn thereasons behind their dad's problems with communication, his socialand emotional difficulties, and the issues caused by his inflexibilityof thought, sensory and motor skills, and anxiety. They also come torecognise his positive attributes, including his loyalty, punctuality,ability to help with homework for hours on end - even his detailedknowledge of car engines that has saved day trips and outings frombreakdown disaster! The warm, funny story emphasises how love within afamily can overcome all difficulties, looking at sensitive issues in alighthearted yet reassuring manner.

This heartwarming and realistic story is a must for all families with
an AS parent.

Kirsti Evans is an autism development coordinator at alarge regional autism charity for children. JohnSwogger is an archaeologist and illustrator who writes comics.


1. This is my family

2. So what is Asperger Syndrome?

3. The Parents Evening

4. The Holiday

5. Making Time for Yourself

6. What About Me?

7. Being Different

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