I struggled for years with communication challenges. I had a hard time understanding conversations, jokes, and sarcasm. For ten years I worked with speech pathologist Andrea Mann. With the encouragement of my mother, Linda Gund Anderson, we decided that the best way to help people understand autism was to tell humorous stories about my language differences. Working together with talented cartoonist Alan J. Lewis, we brought to life what I visualized with confusing language. The result is the lighthearted, laugh-out-loud Unintentional Humor; Celebrating the Literal Mind™ books.
Unintentional Humor™ provides a unique look into my mind as a person with autism. Cartoons represent common expressions such as, ‘Under the Weather’, ‘Couch Potato’ & ‘Pig Out’ and demonstrate the confusion that many people experience with figurative language. Filled with 85 true stories and 90 original cartoons Unintentional Humor™ is a great way to teach about the language barriers that result from autism, learning differences, and non-American cultures.
After the success of Unintentional Humor™ Volume 1, we created the second edition of Unintentional Humor™. Volume 2 offers 60 NEW hilarious cartoons and an updated book format. Cartoons are shown without the answers so readers can spend time guessing the expression. The “quiz” is a humorous, enjoyable activity and an effective teaching tool.
Today, I travel around the country sharing my positive message, teaching about humor, and making the world more accepting of those with disabilities.
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