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all dogs have ADHD

The witch is more of a dog person than a cat person, except I’m still not really into animals. I trust that I have alienated most of you by now?

The excellent book on cats and Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann, has got itself a companion in “all dogs have ADHD”. It does for ADHD what the cute cat photos did for Asperger’s. It has got Kathy’s selection of brief descriptions on what ADHD is and what it means to “sufferers” and their families. And just as I found myself quite reassured by the cat book, then I would expect people with a connection to ADHD to feel better for reading this.

all dogs have ADHD

It’s interesting to reflect on how similar ADHD is to AS, despite the fact that they are almost each other’s opposites in many ways. I don’t think I know that many ADHD children, although in some cases you can almost guess who’s got it. I particularly love the sad puppy who’s not allowed to join in when the others play.

Do cats have Asperger Syndrome?

I don’t know. With a few exceptions, the witch doesn’t know many cats. I know I ought to have one on my broom, but I don’t. But cats may well have Aspergers.

My last cat post caused two books to arrive in the mail, and here is the first of them; All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, by Kathy Hoopmann. I’ve mentioned Kathy here before, and she’s good with Asperger related subjects. And as I’ve said before, there is a great need for Asperger books.

All cats have Asperger Syndrome

We are many who have tried to explain Asperger Syndrome to others. Usually you don’t get far, because people don’t want to know. I believe Kathy’s book can do a much better job of it, with the use of cute cat pictures and short to-the-point descriptions. I’d say that the use of photos like these means that the doubters may stand a chance of believing. Because there are countless doubters, when it comes to Aspergers. “It’s all in the mind” is the accusation, and it is. Mostly in the mind, anyway, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real.

One quote in this book is “Sometimes his relatives think they could bring him up better than his parents can”, and how true that can be. Others always know best.

I would like to think that this book could be an eye opener when it comes to describing Aspergers to the neurotypicals, and if so, the use of animals to achieve it is good. Around these parts, one Aspie thought it was a suspiciously cute book, and another one loved it. And the witch loved it. It’s the kind of book I could see myself buying and carting around whenever a bunch of flowers is called for. If you know what I mean.