What can you convince a non-reader to read?
February 11, 2012 7:46 PM Subscribe
My little brother probably has asperger's. He most definitely has next to no interests. Can you help me me find something my brother might like? Snowflakes inside, of course.
posted by semp to education (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My eight year old brother probably has asperger's. My parents are handling it as best they can, but they're still trying to get him to show interest in something. Right now the only things he voluntarily does are play video games (Mario Galaxy and Pokemon) and watch Dragon Ball Z. I'd really like to take him somewhere this summer, and scientific me would love it to be a museum. But, before I pick a museum to take him to he first has to show interest in something.
I'd like to get him a few books to introduce him to things eight year old boys like. He is a good reader, but, according to my mother, when he reads his schoolbooks out loud to her he rushes through often skipping periods/punctuation to just get to the end. The only thing he willingly reads is Dragon Ball Z manga. Keeping in mind that he absolutely hates educational topics, he seems to enjoy math the most of his school topics. As an added difficulty, I'm not there to help him with these books (I'm 1000 miles away) and my parents will probably put minimal effort into encouraging him to read. I think part of the reason manga appeals to him is because of the pictures (he was never good with his imagination). Are there any books he might like?
(Not at all necessary, but +10 if the book might lead to me teaching him how to program. I'd love to be able to share an interest of mine with him.)