It stands for GROWING UP ON THE SPECTRUM, the title of the second autism advice book I co-authored with Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel. (The first is OVERCOMING AUTISM). I usually talk about my novels on this blog, but this is my “other” career–writing about autism. Oh, and then there’s the major part of my life where I’m a fulltime mom raising four kids. I’m also a great gluten-free baker but that’s more of a hobby . . .
Anyway, the point is that GUOTS (just gets prettier every time you see it, right?) is out in paperback right now and I had the good fortune to be interviewed by a Boston Globe blogger named Lylah Alphonse who wrote a lovely piece about it and me. I love online interviews because you get to think about your answers. Live interviews (on the phone or on the radio) scare me because it’s so easy to misspeak. But when you’re writing it out, you can reread and tweak and feel pretty good about being quoted. Anyway, check it out if you’re interested.
This book is especially special to me because not only did I collaborate with Dr. Koegel, my son who’s on the spectrum ALSO contributed to the book with personal essays about his own experiences with things like making friends, going to school, learning to drive and so on. He’s an honest, thoughtful kid so I love the addition of his voice in the book, which, in case I haven’t mentioned it yet, addresses the needs and issues of teenagers and young adults on the spectrum. So often information focuses on the little kids who’ve just been diagnosed (which is what our first book did), but it’s not like all the issues just fade away when a kid reaches the teenage years. They change but they don’t go away.
Anyway, if you’re interested, check out the Globe piece.
(Look, Rachel, I’m posting again!)