Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vancouver Dad's Fantasy Novel Inspired by Teen Son with Asperger's Syndrome

The just-released 2012 USA Best Book Awards, handed out by the trade publication USA Book News, include a local author in the category of fantasy fiction: Vancouver's Brian Tashima, whose debut novel "Secret of the Songshell" was inspired by his 14-year-son, who has Asperger's syndrome.
Asperger's syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that's part of the autism spectrum; its primary effects are social impairment and communication difficulties.
I chatted with Tashima last week about the book, which is available as a paperback and an e-book, and about his tips for parents regarding Asperger's.

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