I received the book about two weeks ago, but have just recently worked up the courage to read All Cats Have Asperger's Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann to my nine-year-old son with autism. He is in a stage of denial in terms of his condition. I read it to him yesterday. The timing was right because while his school day was cancelled, his little brother's preschool was still open. I thought it might be best to read the book to the older one first and also alone because my five year old is pretty sharp and has the ability to make surprising connections.
Anyway, my guy loved the book--especially the pictures. He even looked at the book for quite some time after we were done reading it together. I don't know if he made the connection between the book about Asperger's syndrome and his own condition. When we came across a passage about a child with autism saying embarrassing things I said with a smile: "I wonder who does that? Who once said why does that old lady talk like a man?"
I thought I saw a glint of understanding in his eye, but he just smiled and pointed to the picture of the cat. If only I could have read his mind at that point. Well, at least liking the book is a start. We'll keep bringing the topic up in a slow and gentle way until he understands what we are trying to tell him.
I enjoyed reading the book to him. Sitting on the futon together and seeing his happy reaction to it was one of the true good moments of a not so great day.