Top positive review
Excellent resource for autistic kids
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2018
I am myself autistic, but I bought this book for my younger cousin who is in her first year of high school. Out of all the books I could find, this one had the most practical information written in an age-appropriate way for a kid in the middle school to high school range. It is written to explain basic rules for kids who really struggle understanding social conventions. A few topics probably require further discussion (for example, the author claims that it is a social rule for children to not question adults, which I disagree with), but it is overall accurate, and a good basic "primer". All of the topics are explained in a way that I, as an autistic adult with relatively good social skills, find accurate. The author also did a good job of selecting which topics kids are likely to struggle with. My cousin apparently found it fascinating, and was running back and forth all day checking with her mom as she read about a new social convention that she had never realized was important.
This book is probably best for kids in at least middle school, with solid reading skills. It is also probably going to be best for kids who have a lot of trouble understanding *why* social rules are important. The author has another book written specifically for autistic girls, but from reading the preview it seems to be aimed at older and/or more mature teenagers than this one is. I am happy with my purchase, and out of many books I have read, this is definitely one of the better ones intended FOR autistic children and teens. It definitely helps that the author has Aspergers herself!