Book shares authors journey to discovering she’s autistic
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“I Think I Might Be Autistic”
by Cynthia Kim
Short and highly readable, this how-to book addresses all the author’s responses to an awareness that she might be autistic. She guides us through her emotions as she confronts this realization, researching extensively, outlining the steps necessary to reach a concrete diagnosis of her condition.
She wrestles with the consequences of that diagnosis: relief, heightened self-knowledge, questions of whom to tell, when and how. It is easy to put yourself in her shoes as she catalogues distinctive behaviors, fills out endless questionnaires, undergoes a barrage of cognitive and behavioral testing, becomes more accepting of her status as an “aspie.”
You may wonder about yourself, a friend or family member if you notice some pronounced behaviors. You may notice difficulty conducting or maintaining conversations, anxiety in social settings, or an inability to read non-verbal cues. You might become aware of excessive repetitive behaviors, abnormally intense interest in a single topic or sensory sensitivities.
The reader will find answers, or at least starting points, in Kim’s descriptions of her journey to self-advocacy and acceptance.
Pam Morgan has volunteered for six years at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Community Health Resource Center. To see the library’s collection of more than 1,600 books and videos on medical and scientific subjects visit opac.libraryworld.com/opac/home.php. Those interested in checking out an item may visit the Community Health Resource Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 970-870-1173.
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