Book Review: The Superhero Brain

When we first told the boys about autism, we framed it as a brain that works differently than most people that comes with Super Powers that others do not have. So when someone recommended in a group a book that says pretty much the same thing, I knew I had to have it.

This book is typical picture book length; not long and and sticks to message. It uses examples of each sense being used in a superpower way. In this, this disappoints a little because it only addresses sensory sensitivities and no mention of sensory seeking. But if you have a kid with any sense that is Super, this is still a good book for them. It talks about how being Super Happy can translate in to Happy-Flapping and jumping, and does not shame that at all but embraces it. I really appreciate that. The book mentions how being so very Super Happy can make it hard to sleep at night, and why sleeping is important for re-charging Super Powers. It doesn’t really address any other aspects of autism aside from that, though.

This book is secular; no mention of God but no God bashing, either. There is one page that suggests going to a mental “happy place” to help calm down, with a picture of the main character in a typical meditation pose. As a Christian this does not bother me in the least bit, and does not feel like a push of another religion.  But I know other parents might be sensitive about that, so I’m including it so they know to expect it. I like that after that page is says that sometimes that’s not enough, and to go to your parent for help calming down. The whole book is written with a level of such love and acceptance that it brought tears to my eyes.

One of the coolest things about this book is that it comes in four different versions: you can get it illustrated with a girl or a boy, as a person of color or pigmentally challenged. (Little joke.) That way you can get one that looks most like your child. I think that’s wonderful! Here are affiliate links for girl/POC, girl/white, boy/POC, boy/white.

This book is probably best for younger children who are new to autism. I think it would be a great addition to introducing a diagnosis to a child, which I wrote about before. Early Bird is almost 9 and Builder Boy is 11 and while they both read it and thought it was nice, it was too young and not enough information for them. I’m still glad I bought it to add to my ASD/SPD shelf, and now I can loan it out to friends who might need it. I definitely recommend this book. I liked it so much, even if it wasn’t strictly helpful to my own kids, that I’m going to try out the author’s other book, The Superhero Heart. Stay tuned!

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