A different approach to autism

I’m writing a book called Autism and Genius: How to raise the next Einstein.

I’ve noticed that one of the scariest things that can happen to a parent is to have one of their kids diagnosed with something like autism. Autism is confusing because nobody knows what causes it, and if we’re honest with ourselves, we still really don’t know if anything that we’re doing is helping, hurting, or doing nothing.

That’s where this book will come in. My goal is to highlight the things that successful parents do with their autistic kids. If you’d like me to interview you, then please let me know. If you’d like to publish a guest post, then let me know that, too. I need help with my book, and a lot of it. It won’t be possible without you.

You won’t see the word “disorder” in my book, besides once when I explain what i think of “ASD.” And, that one explanation will be the only acronym that I use in my book, too.

I almost definitely have some form of autism, even though I’m not going to get diagnosed, and I’ll make a future post soon explaining that, as one of my next few posts. I think that I’m in a unique position to tell the story of autism and genius, as one of my autistic obsessions is social interactions.

My theories are largely strengths based. I spent the first 3/4ths of my life trying to get rid of my weaknesses, and the last few years trying to figure out how to unlearn all of that, and how to utilize my strengths instead. I think I’ve figured out some really cool things with this process that I want to share with the book, and I expect my theories to be reinforced as I interview the parents of autistic kids.

-Joseph Dewey