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In The Best Kind of Different, Shonda Schilling, the wife of Major League Baseball All Star, former Boston Red Sox, and World Series championship pitcher Curt Schilling, shares the story of their son’s Asperger’s Syndrome, how it changed their lives, and what other parents can learn about this increasingly common diagnosis. Candid and compelling, The Best Kind of Different traces their family’s struggle with Asperger’s, following Curt and Shonda as they come to understand their son’s differences and in the process relearn everything they thought they knew about parenting.

Shonda Schilling and her husband, Curt, have been married for seventeen years. The Schillings hope that by sharing their family's story, people will come to understand Asperger's in a new way, giving dignity and hope to all those who are touched with these issues. They live with their four children, Gehrig, Gabriella, Grant, and Garrison, in Medfield, Massachusetts.

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • William Morrow; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • English
  • 7
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By Greg G on September 4, 2017

    I have to admit I was a little apprehensive going in to this read. I thought "What could the Schillings possibly have in common with my situation?" "Curt was a wildly successful MLB pitcher and they have tons of money they can just throw at their problems." Instead this book does an excellent job of illustrating what few of us already know, that money can't solve most of life's complex challenges, and more importantly, ASD affects all people from all walks of life. I'm going to share this book with my son's doctor and encourage her to recommend it to all parents with kids on the spectrum. I learned more from this book than I learned in the last ten years raising a kid on the spectrum, and my only regret is that I didn't read it sooner. Kudos to Shonda and Curt for being so open about their most intimate challenges. This book made me feel better knowing that many others share near identical challenges with those of my wife and I while raising a child on the spectrum. I think one of the greatest challenges to raising a kiddo on the spectrum is that there's so much emphasis on what they can't do or don't do well, and not nearly enough emphasis on what they can do. I take my high-functioning son fishing, skiing, downhill mountain biking, and playing frisbee with his Labradoodle, just to name a few of the activities he's good at. Group sports are a major challenge for him and probably always will be-they were for me as well. Shonda's writing helped me realize we're not the only family with an ASD child that struggles in this area! We'll continue to focus on activities that are are competitive in an individual basis, but still part of a team (swimming, wrestling, golf to name a few).Best of luck raising Grant, and I encourage you (Shonda) to write another book reflecting on the next phase of Grant's life-maybe Grant could even partake in the writing? Maybe start a blog? I'm trying to start a web site that "shreds" all of the preconceived notions about kids on the spectrum, and instead highlights the accomplishments of these kiddos, whether it be a successful trip to the dentist, or a kid on the spectrum competing in a snowboard half-pipe competition. These kids have way too much to offer to simply focus on their limitations, and our society needs to do way more to recognize what these kiddos can achieve instead of what they can't.

  • By G in Ohio on February 17, 2013

    This book is a quick read and is well worth reading if you are interested in Asperger's Syndrome. We are looking for a diagnosis for our child and I saw a lot of things in common with ter Schilling's son and ours. However, it tries to be too many things to too many people -- if you're mostly interested in baseball, there's way too much Asperger's stuff and not enough about baseball, but if you're mostly interested in how to deal with a kid with Asperger's there's way too much about baseball and nowhere near enough about Aspergers. I wanted to know how they managed to deal with their son and the info just wasn't there. Also, the book really downplays how rich the Schillings are (or were). They live in a mansion and could have all kinds of paid help if they wanted it -- but you can't tell from this whether they have it or not. She makes it sound as if she drives all the kids around i her mini van every day, and maybe she does. But they could have a specially trained nanny for him if they wanted to, and if it were me, I would!

  • By Suzanne Smith on May 3, 2010

    I have a 14 year old son that was misdiagnosed for 10 years. We found out when he was in 5th grade. So many things that he did prior to the diagnoses made sense after we found out that he had Asperger's. The guilt and frustration at myself and at the doctors and educators for not knowing what was causing his actions sooner was huge. He looks "normal" so many people do not realize that he has this medical condition. I have been thankful many times that he is small for his age so that hopefully people will think that he is younger than he is and attribute his actions to being young.This book does a good job of discribing Asperger's children. As she states several times, all Asperger's children are different, but have several uniqueness things about them. One of the hardest things with dealing with a child with Asperger's is that you never know what to expect.If you are just starting out learning about Asperger's Syndrome, this book will be helpful in understanding what it is about. It is written as a novel and is easy to read. It does not have difficult to understand medical information. It is about a family (mom in particular) and what they have gone through before and after learning about Asperger's.This book would also be good for family and friends of someone with Asperger's to understand a little more about what Asperger's is all about.


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