March 20, 2020

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If you could ask the author one question, what would it be?

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Alfred
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Alfred

Where have you worked or volunteered st or gone to school or college at

Tris
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Tris

Is this appropriate for teens?

Adam Sockel
Editor

Yes, it is.

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

Well there are cuss words

Susan Moenkhaus
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Susan Moenkhaus

Yes, especially for teens!

Diane L Reisz
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Diane L Reisz

Very. Gives guidelines. Clues to good communication

Susan Moenkhaus
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Susan Moenkhaus

Besides your performances, what else do you do to stay grounded and compassionate toward others?

Jean
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Jean

I would like to hear more about your parents. They seem a major part of your story and their support is vital to you and your brother. I also would like to know about your other brother and how he coped with two siblings on the spectrum. It is clearly an extraordinary family and both parents sound strong and resilient. It would be nice to hear more about their background. They sound quite astonishing.

Bach Tran
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Bach Tran

I really want to know about their job and how they make time for you and your siblings

Lucy
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Lucy

You know my best friends younger brother is autistic and diabetic. How hard is it to deal with your autism?

I'm not okay with putting my name online
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I'm not okay with putting my name online

My bro and sis have autism and people can’t tell but I have real bad anxiety and people think I’m autistic, what do I do when this happens?

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

I love how you are very expressive. Do you have any other books?

Cindy Cindy
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Cindy Cindy

Will the author continue to be a spokesperson for everyone which is important for all of society.

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

How many kids do you have?

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

How many times have you had sex?

Bree
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Bree

This is inappropriate and should probably be taken off

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

How many times have you said fuck?

LJ Weber
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LJ Weber

What is your 2020 show schedule?

Diane
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Diane

Would love to know this as well. Your website does not list future dates.

Lisa Davis
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Lisa Davis

I have a 19 year old son on the spectrum and I cant seem to motivate him in his education or really anything else. How did you motivate yourself and how did your parents help encourage you as a young adult?

KJ Dains
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KJ Dains

How has autism affected your dating experience?

Ellie
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Ellie

It seems like he addressed this somewhat. Are you wondering something in particular? I did think it was interesting that the last part said he was currently dating an aspie as well.

Jim Kurchak
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Jim Kurchak

You are autistic, and you are a comedian. Now that you have “made it” and accepted as a comedian (and author), do you prefer to be known as the autistic comedian, or the comedian.

Gshsha
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Gshsha

You is great. You is kind. You is important

Geneva Arevalo
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Geneva Arevalo

I would want to talk to him about his parents. I myself am a mother of 3 kids and my two boys both have autism. I really related to his story and would want to ask him about the impact his parents made and how I can be a better mother to my sons.

Ann Ingalls
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Ann Ingalls

What do you think about characterization of Shawn on the TV show, The Good Doctor?

Erin
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Erin

Why do you speak so highly of Temple Grandin when she is known for her support of Autism Speaks, a hate group, and her negative views of autistics who do not have her skills or privileges?

Ellie
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Ellie

Well he said Temple Grandin is kind of an Elvis in the Autism world, and, she is in many circles. I was disappointed by some of the things that I’ve recently read about Autism Speaks. Dr. Grandin isn’t young. She may possibly have dated ideas about how she perceives Autism which were forward thinking when she was pushing barriers. When I first heard some of her talks, it was the first time I ever heard someone say there were things right (even better) with Autism vs neurotypical. Up until then, every class I had taken described ASD only as a… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

The book had an abrupt, traumatic ending. Was it the loss that made it difficult to continue, meeting the required pages, or some other reason?

Diane
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Diane

I felt the same. Could you please tell us more

Ria Dhake
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Ria Dhake

How were you able to deal with Matty’s death?

Susan
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Susan

How does someone become a funnier person?

Lisa
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Lisa

Would love to know more about how your parents taught/ influenced you.

Kat
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Kat

What goals do you have for your career now?

Laura
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Laura

I’m also on the spectrum and thinking about writing a book. However, I’m on the barely visible end and recently turned 50. Do you have any suggestions?

Katie
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Katie

I would like to ask Michael about his parents and family background, as well as how he and his parents are coping with Matty’s death. His parents seem so supportive of everything Michael has done in his life, and I would love to know a little more about them!

Lisa parker
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Lisa parker

Where is your comic shows? are I would loved to see them.

Ellie
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Ellie

Are you thinking of writing a sequel? Or another book in about or based on your life? This one was great.

De'Andre Foskey
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De'Andre Foskey

My Question Is how long did it take to write this book

Monica Jemison
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Monica Jemison

My son is 16 and thinks that all of the students at his school are disrespectful because they are rude and use bad language, so he chooses not to make friends. Instead, he draws his own friends (with himself as the super hero!). How can/should I encourage him to look past the flaws that people have so he can make friends?

Sophie
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Sophie

It is really hard to make friends with people you don’t went to! I would encourage him to try to find friends that are like the “shy ones” that he know’s doesn’t use any language! Their are all-was good people out their! You just got to find them! But I thank it is really cool he likes to draw!! I hope your son can find some good friend’s!

Monica Jemison
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Monica Jemison

Thanks Sophie, I’ll do that. He truly is an amazing artist!

Sophie
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Sophie

He sounds like a really nice son! And he seems like he could be a really good friend to someone lucky!! I am 15 and I know it can be hard to find good friends! I hope he will pursue his art!!:-)

Mary lowery nelson
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Mary lowery nelson

While using his comedy routine to have fun, and make a living at the same time as shedding light on ASD, would he consider continuing to publish his experiences in order to give more depth to what he’s begun: that is demystifying and cllarifying all that ASD is and is not.

Barbara Chappell-Brown
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Barbara Chappell-Brown

What are the top three things that can help teachers who are not Special Education Teachers with students with disabilities including ASD students are mainstreamed?

Angela
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Angela

I work as an Education Assistant with two cool kinders, one of whom is likely on the spectrum. It is very do-able, even without a person like me in the room (to the author: hey, I’m truly sorry that you had such sucky experiences with EAs! My school’s team is really great—we try hard to defend our students and our best choices for and with them). My biggest suggestion is to create a calming space in your classroom, and a calming box for each student with items in it that help them in the different classroom situations—each one will have… Read more »

Jule
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Jule

Thank you for working in such a draining field and for taking the time to write out all of these ideas. I am sure it will be a help to any teachers and aids on this forum. If a reader is apparent of a special education student, they could bring these ideas to the teacher.

De'Andre Foskey
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De'Andre Foskey

What made you to write this book the way it is

Bonnie
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Bonnie

How are you, your older brother, and parents dealing with the grief of Matty’s death?

Eric klein
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Eric klein

how long does it take to write your books?

Diane L Reisz
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Diane L Reisz

Was it satisfying writing real experiences?

Matthew
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Matthew

If you could choose your name what would it be 😜😎

Emilia
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Emilia

I would say how did you became an author

Debra Guidorini
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Debra Guidorini

Does he have any insight with regards to those on the spectrum who also have comorbid disorders, like ADHD, learning disabilities, OCD, etc.

Kolleen
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Kolleen

I think if I could ask the author one question, it would be if performing to a live audience or participating in show business has improved his coping skills with others.

Madison
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Madison

I would want to ask Michael where his parents learned/developed their philosophy on ASD. A lot of parents struggle when their child receives a diagnosis of ASD but Michael’s parents seemed to have a very accepting, supportive and logical stance to raising kids with autism. I am very curious to know how his parents managed family life with two children with autism, especially when pushing Michael to go for his dreams, where others may have been tempted to shelter him.

isabel
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isabel

what made you want to write this book

Ian Robinson
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Ian Robinson

When is your documentary coming out? I’m a sucker for documentaries.

Jenny C
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Jenny C

Often a kiddo who is neurotypical in a family can be considered a glass child in that their needs are overlooked and while beautiful on the outside can become so fragile. How did your family combat this and does your sibling claim to have missed major supports because of your parents attention or lack of attention?

Mirrani
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Mirrani

How can someone be the best audience member to a performer with ASD who is just starting out?

Alyssa Joy Laree Pinkerton
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Alyssa Joy Laree Pinkerton

Can you overcome this??

Ekaterina
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Ekaterina

Who got you started on writing books

Tal
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Tal

How nervous from 1-10 are you when you get on stage

Tiffany
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Tiffany

What is it like to live with someone unrelated to you as a person with ASD? It sounds like you and your roommate get along but how did you form routines around each other’s schedules and accommodate each other’s habits?

Bree
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Bree

How can people that are neurotypical help autistic people feel accepted and welcome? As Michael put it, he grew wary of people who pretended to be his friend but actually made fun of him. I recently met a man with Asperger’s, but it was difficult to connect. Now I wonder if he was just wary of meeting new people and of them making fun of him.