Book Review: The Other Side: Living With Asperger Syndrome
The Other Side: Living With Asperger Syndrome
Willow wrote this book to try and help other people with Asperger Syndrome, and their families. She hopes that her experiences and the way she has dealt with situations will guide others so that they can further understand themselves, feel less alone, and hopefully go about getting the help they need – whether that’s a diagnosis, or just ways to cope as a person on the spectrum, in a world full of people who see things differently.
She talks about her childhood and how that fits into place and makes sense to her now that she is diagnosed. She also speaks about her struggles through school and her teenage years, and how this was the most difficult time in her life, but was also when she found out she was on the spectrum. She then goes on to talk about her partner and her new life with him; her various projects on raising awareness of the Autistic Spectrum and how she has learnt to cope with being an Aspie living in a normal world.
The book is written in a style which she hopes will be the most helpful for everyone, whether you’re on the spectrum or are a parent/family member/friend (etc.) of someone who is. It is comprised of two halves, which run parallel to each other; the first half is WillowHope’s story about how she’s navigated her way through life. The second half is all advice based; things which she found to be helpful (or unhelpful) and things which, looking back, she feels would have been useful to her situation (and hopefully other people’s situations as well).
“WillowHope, like many people on the autism spectrum, is a visual thinker. She can peek back to her earliest memories and bring them to life with detail and elaboration as fresh and vivid as a sharply taken photograph. WillowHope’s story is like her name, filled with hope. She expresses her memories with articulate thoughts that bring the reader into the world of Asperger Syndrome and autism.” – from the foreword by Liane Holliday Willey
WillowHope is a young woman diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Scotopic Sensitivity and anxiety disorder. She left school with only two GCSE’s and has since made it her goal to work on raising awareness of Autism and Asperger’s using YouTube and her various creative outlets; writing, graphic design, art and photography. She lives with her partner who also has Asperger Syndrome.