Dylan Emmons has always lived his life in two worlds. Diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of six, his school days were spent struggling to overcome the sensory and social hurdles that made fitting in with his classmates in the 'real world' so hard. An aspiring social chameleon, he attempted to blend in, despite his hidden other world of Asperger's. This book tells the story of his attempt, with the hindsight gained in adult life that it is better to spend energy learning to be happy, than learning to be 'normal'.
By describing the two conflicting worlds of his childhood, Dylan Emmons reveals the reasons behind the actions, mood swings and awkwardness of children on the autism spectrum that can often appear mysterious and unprovoked to neurotypical family members, friends, teachers and professionals.
Dylan Emmons is a writer and Adjunct Professor of English at Westchester Community College, New York. He was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of six and now gives public talks and offers workshops for teachers, professionals and parents of individuals on the autism spectrum. Dylan lives in Mount Vernon, New York.
Early Life/Elementary School. 1. The Diagnosis. 2. The Classroom. 3. Asperger's. 4. The Move. 5. The Break. 6. Regular People. 7. Transitions. 8. Inclusion. Middle School. 9. Big Changes. 10. The Embarrassment Test. 11. Chorus. 12. Heavy Metal Keeps Me Sane. 13. The Trouble With Girls. 14. Doctor B. 15. Take-Aways. High School. 16. Godzilla. 17. The Big Bad Limar. 18. Wild Man. 19. Settling In, Moving On.