The Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review
Child psychiatry trainees and child psychiatrists will find that this book helps them understand the difficulties of a patient with Asperger's Disorder, and fleshes out the sterile clinical descriptions of the DSM IV. Parents of youth with this disorder may gain more appreciation of the subtle but extremely incapacitating attributes of their adolescent, a youngster who sometimes seems normal, at others frustrating and inexplicable. Patients may find meaning and hope in Jessica's progress.
Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 12 and sent away to a residential school for young people with autism, this is the tale of the next 5 years of her life, the characters she meets, the emotional struggles she faces, and her rebellion against a misguided and inflexible system.