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HCTPL welcomes local author Travis Breeding

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Huntington City-Township Public Library welcomes local author and autism presenter Travis Breeding for an author talk and book signing at the Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 15. This event is free and open to the public. Breeding’s first book, “I Want to Be Like You: Life with Asperger's Syndrome,” was released in December 2010, and the paperback edition can be purchased at the book signing.  Those who cannot attend the book signing may obtain a paperback copy of Breeding’s book via the author’s website, www.travisbreedingautism.com.  The book is also available in either paperback or e-book format from Tate Publishing, www.tatepublishing.com.

Born in 1985 in Huntington, Travis grew up knowing he was different, and struggled to make friends and fit in.  But in October 2007, at age 22, Breeding finally got a diagnosis that explained his behavior. He had Asperger's Syndrome, which is a mild form of autism.

“I Want to Be Like You: Life with Asperger's Syndrome is written like more of a 300-page journal entry than anything else,” says Breeding.  “It was my intent to allow the reader inside the head and mind of someone on the autism spectrum to help them understand how I think and feel on a daily basis. It is my hope that by allowing the parent, educator, or professional access to this viewpoint, they can better understand autism spectrum disorders and use this knowledge to help others that they work with.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Asperger’s syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics. Doctors group Asperger’s syndrome with other conditions that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication. Asperger's syndrome is generally thought to be at the milder end of this spectrum.

It’s not clear what causes Asperger’s syndrome, although changes in certain genes may be involved.  The disorder also seems to be linked to changes in the structure of the brain.  It’s estimated that more than 400,000 families are affected by Asperger’s syndrome.