Finding Kansas by Aaron Likens

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A stern editor’s touch would’ve slimmed the present material far enough back to demand a more complicated contemplation on some of the book’s more intriguing moments.
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All I want is someone to care, to know, to understand. And maybe, for a brief moment, I will be free...

Finding Kansas is a memoir like no other, written by an unlikely author who at first never dreamed he would find even one reader. When he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age 20, Aaron Likens began to collect his thoughts and experiences on paper-the highs, the lows, the challenges, and the unexpected joys. What he found was hope -- not only for himself, but also for others with Asperger's. Now a sought-after speaker and blogger, he is passionate about sharing his insights into this often misunderstood condition.

Aaron has another passion, too: the world of auto racing. A successful flag man at racing events across the country, Aaron calls racing his Kansas-a place where he feels safe, confident, and normal. For others on the autism spectrum, Kansas might be trains, history, or the weather. It is here where, like Aaron, they find freedom, and the possibility for growth and change

Finding Kansas brings us into Aaron's world and, in the process, offers a richly observed, deeply thoughtful, and sometimes painful picture of what it's like to live on the autism spectrum.

 

About Aaron Likens

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Aaron Likens was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2003 and has become a sought-after speaker on the subject. He is also a blogger for Autism Speaks and several other autism organizations. Author website: findingkansas.com
 
Published April 3, 2012 by TarcherPerigee. 235 pages
Genres: Other, Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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All: 3 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 1

Libraries Serving Children with Autism

Excellent
Reviewed by Ashley Waring on Apr 20 2012

This absorbing and ultimately hopeful book is recommended for young people with Asperger’s and their family, friends, and colleagues.

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Touch Point Autism Services

Excellent
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 03 2012

Finding Kansas brings us into Aaron's world, and in the process, offers a richly observed, deeply thoughtful, and sometimes painful picture of what it's like to live on the autism spectrum.

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White Walls Black Ink

Below average
Reviewed by Blog on Mar 30 2012

A stern editor’s touch would’ve slimmed the present material far enough back to demand a more complicated contemplation on some of the book’s more intriguing moments.

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