Part memoir and part guidebook to gaining a deeper understanding of the difficulties those with autism experience, The Secrets of My Spectrum offers a one-of-a-kind glimpse inside the world of Autism Spectrum Disorder—from a sixteen-year-old who lives with it.
For years, Callum struggled to navigate the world he lived in and meet social expectations before being diagnosed with autism at age thirteen. Wishing others understood autism from his perspective, the teen shares his insights, perceptions, reactions, and experiences living with autism, from the triggers that lead to anxiety and shutdowns to tips for coping with stressful situations such as travelling, socialising, and communicating.
With honesty and forthrightness, The Secrets of My Spectrum explores the challenges—and the great gifts—that come with living on the spectrum.
“Autism is a spectrum, and no two people experience their ASD in the same way, but we share the need to feel understood and valued for the gifts we have.” ~ Callum Knight
Soothing Behaviours / Stimming
Empathy / Accepting Gifts
Literal / Visual Thinking
Good Days and Bad
Crisis & Helpful People
* The paperback contains pages for personal notes.
"I didn’t find out I am autistic until I was 13-years-old, when I was diagnosed officially and when I read books about Autism / Aspergers or watched television shows, I felt so much of what it's like to be autistic is missed out.
I want to help other kids like me to know they’re not alone and give them something to show their parents if they're not feeling able to explain their struggles. That’s how 'The Secrets of My Spectrum' came about."
~ Callum Knight
"This deserves to be widely read. It gives such a powerful inside view. I read it hoping to find a book helpful for autistic teens (which it certainly is) but it really taught me something too..."
"This book is fantastic and resourceful for all. I'm autistic and it was nice to read and see that I have similar problems. Also it is good resource for everyone wanting to understand those of us who have autism. Reading this I entered the authors world and everyday problems of the life with autism."
"Anyone with an interest in autism needs to read this book. It is a well written personal account explaining the way this individual experiences the world and what he does to help himself."
"As someone who is on the Spectrum, I am usually weary when it comes to buying books about Autism, as I've found some to be less than helpful. Where should I start with Callum Knight's "The Secrets of My Spectrum"...? Absolutely FANTASTIC! I couldn't put the book down & finished in within an evening (not like me). The book is broken down into easy to read & short chapters, making it great to refer to when needed. While reading, I kept thinking to myself 'This is me. I had this experience.' Brilliantly written! I have since shared this with friends & colleagues. I CAN'T WAIT for Callum's next book! What a star!: ) "
"I think if I had been given this book as a teenager, I'd have discovered I am autistic a lot sooner and potentially saved a lot of stress and unhappiness. Having read it now as a recently diagnosed adult, I feel more acceptance of myself. I relate strongly to so much that is written and that is a good feeling."