GUOTS–catchy acronym, right? Rolls right off the tongue . . .

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!)



Filed under autism, family, Growing Up on the Spectrum

3 responses to “GUOTS–catchy acronym, right? Rolls right off the tongue . . .

  1. Katherine

    LOL! GUOTS?? That sounds like another diagnosis from Dr. House.

  2. Ann

    Great interview! The educated mom + empathic doctor= authors recipe is just right for a book like this. Personal anecdotes from a teenager with autism will bring in yet another important voice. As a parent and a parenting instructor, I look forward to reading the book and sharing it.

  3. Another me mention! Now I feel even worse that it took me so long to get over here! See the problem is I don’t subscribe to blogs because I can’t stand getting twenty-thousand emails a day. This wouldn’t be a problem except that I get all of my emails on my phone because I need to be able to contact my wedding clients, so I just check the previews out on my own homepage- sometimes there is a delay in showing new posts. I guess I’m going to have to swallow the pill and subscribe!

    But, speaking of the actual post- I really want to read these books. I spent six years working at a camp for children with special needs, at least half of which were on the spectrum and reading Knitting Under the Influence really reignited my interest in those children. I want to learn more.

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