Neurodiversity Book Club — "A Taxonomy of Love"
A book club for tweens and teens on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, dyslexia, Tourettes, and other neurowonderful ways of being in the world, and the lovely neurotypicals who support us. In October we will read A Taxonomy of Love.
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We all need books with characters like us, as well as ones who are not like us. Characters like us help us feel less alone, and characters who are different help us understand other lives and experiences. The first time I read a book with a character who felt like me, who had the same hangups I did, who problem-solved in the same way, and got into the same difficulties, I finally felt normal. Because this character was autistic. And so was the author. And so am I. In this class we will read...
This class is taught in English.
Learners will experience acceptance of their own unique neurotype and personality, and have the opportunity, through reading and discussion, to see the world through another's experience. This discussion may provoke some difficult questions around students' own feelings of inclusion and exclusion, however it is not intended as mental health counseling therapy for anyone. While this is a safe space to bring up questions and anxieties, we will not be delving into personal experiences or attempt to treat or provide therapy in any way.
I am neurodiverse myself, having four decades of life experience on the autism spectrum, and I am an autism coach, helping autistic and other neurodiverse kids and their families find and remove the hidden barriers to success and then build positive life experiences. I am also a certified teacher with several years of experience teaching middle and high school. I also am a graduate of St. John's College, a school where every single class, in every single subject, is taught in small group, socratic seminar discussion style, so I have extensive experience leading and participating in small group discussions on difficult, unfamiliar, and sometimes uncomfortable topics. As a high school teacher, I led my students in socratic seminar discussion regularly on a wide variety of books and topics.
Please read the entire book before the class meets. Learners may read via a paper book or an e-book, listen to an audiobook, or have someone read it to them—all learning styles are welcome.
Book Title: A Taxonomy of Love Author: Rachael Allen ISBN: 9781419725418 (hardcover) ISBN: 9781419739859 (paperback--the cover is a different color but it's the same book) Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/9847/9781419725418 Amazon: https://amzn.to/2T8h6kQ Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/A-Taxonomy-of-Love-Audiobook/B077V9D4JR Description: A Junior Library Guild Selection A Georgia Center for the Book Book All Young Georgians Should Read The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it's . . . something at first sight. He knows she's special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of "friend" gets messier, too. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn't always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it's this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students are invited to participate in our small group discussion to whatever extent, and in whatever way, they feel comfortable. No formal assessment is given to provide a low-pressure opportunity to engage with literature and peers.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
As this is a teen romance, the story includes frequent light sexuality, though nothing explicit or graphic. It also includes occasional swear words. It also deals with the pain and confusion of losing a loved one. I don't want to give away spoilers here for those who don't want it, but if you message me I will be happy to go into more detail.
Autism Coach and Teacher
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49 total reviews
37 completed classes
Hi. I’m Heather. I'm a certified teacher, an autism coach, and I’m autistic. And I’m building a life I truly love. It wasn’t always that way. Well, I was always autistic. But the life I love part, that’s had it’s ups and downs. It's been a long...