Growing Up With Autism: Win a Copy of Why is He Still Here? By Max Toper

13th January 2022

Autism is a complex spectrum that affects so many families, so it’s refreshing to find a new book from a child’s perspective.

Why Is He Still Here? is a powerful memoir by young writer Max Toper.

He uses the book to talk about what it was like to grow up with ADHD and Autism, including the coping strategies he found.

When I started writing this book I was 16. At age 5 I was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD, amongst other things. But such labels aren’t my identity. I write because I enjoy storytelling. My story’s main motivation is to explain why I’m still here. This book isn’t magic, I don’t have all the answers. I’m just someone with a computer that glows purple, which is snazzy, if I say so myself. Max toper

Toper recalls throughout the book teachers segregating him away from peers, struggles with friendships and learning how to cope at mainstream school.

It’s reassuring to see how he blossomed when he discovered an online game which helped his confidence and self-esteem.

This book is also a resource directed at parents, educators, and professionals who want to help higher-functioning autistic kids find a way forward in life despite their condition.

More information about the book can be found on Toper’s website, and you can also sign up to his newsletter here.

Front cover of the book Why Is He Still Here? by Max Toper. It's a dark blue background with a black shadowed face in the shape of a question mark.

Giveaway (ends 10/2/22)

To be in with a chance to win a copy of this book, please complete the form below.

Each option you choose to complete is another one (or five) entries into the competition.

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This giveaway ends 10/2/2022.

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  • ashleigh allan

    13th January 2022 at 12:00 pm

    It sounds really insightful – would love to read it

  • Kim Murray

    13th January 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Would like to learn more x

  • shellyg

    13th January 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Because I am an apsie myself and I’d like to read this to compare life experiences.

    1. Peter Nickson

      7th February 2022 at 4:19 pm

      Certainly get a better understanding of what my son is going through

  • Eileen Hindley

    13th January 2022 at 4:20 pm

    I would like to learn more about autism as one of my work colleagues is autistic

  • sarah swainsbury

    13th January 2022 at 7:40 pm

    I’m doing lots of training around this for my school job. This would be a great read


    13th January 2022 at 10:40 pm

    IT would be interesting the insight of someone who deals with autism.

  • Claire V

    14th January 2022 at 11:55 am

    Would live to read, as we are waiting for my daughter to be assessed and may offer insights.

  • Natalie Burgess

    14th January 2022 at 3:19 pm

    I work with adults with autism so this would be a fantastic read xx

  • Laura Johnson

    16th January 2022 at 8:56 am

    I would like to lean more about Autism

  • Roger Bufton

    16th January 2022 at 9:16 am

    Because reading is a detraction from bad life experiences.

  • John Taggart

    16th January 2022 at 10:45 am

    To help me understand more about autism

  • Siobhan N

    16th January 2022 at 11:01 am

    So that I get to better understand Autism

  • Alison H

    16th January 2022 at 11:21 am

    This book sounds like something I could really relate with

  • Laura

    16th January 2022 at 5:03 pm

    I would like to win this book as my son is autistic and I find there are not many books of the experiences of autistic individuals

  • Maddy

    16th January 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Our grandson is on the spectrum so this would be useful in trying to track his thinking

  • Sarah Parker

    16th January 2022 at 9:08 pm

    sounds an interesting read 🙂

  • Amy Bondoc

    17th January 2022 at 7:23 am

    sounds an interesting read

  • Andrew Ingold

    18th January 2022 at 9:43 am

    It sounds very interesting.

  • Victoria Thurgood

    22nd January 2022 at 11:57 pm

    For my friend

  • Rich Tyler

    23rd January 2022 at 11:04 am

    Sounds great

  • Claire Nutman

    23rd January 2022 at 12:43 pm

    My eldest son suffers with this and after a quiter few years this has flared up and is causing problems again…….

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  • Janine Atkin

    28th January 2022 at 6:24 pm

    its sounds really interesting

  • Brendan Gavan

    28th January 2022 at 8:03 pm

    id like to see autism from this perpective

  • Vivienne Moreno

    30th January 2022 at 11:03 pm

    I would like to read this book as I feel it would help me in my job as a Special Needs Teacher

  • Catherine S

    31st January 2022 at 9:03 pm

    The book sounds interesting.

  • Irene Gilmour

    1st February 2022 at 11:32 am

    as my teen son is autistic and daughter is waiting on appointment to confirm if she is too

  • Louise Fairweather

    2nd February 2022 at 7:56 pm

    My son has just been diagnosed so I think it would be a useful insight

  • Rebecca Beesley

    3rd February 2022 at 10:26 pm

    My son was also diagnosed with ASD at age 5 and had a really tough time in his early years at school. He’s now doing a lot better and also found that gaming helped him a lot (to the point of pushing himself to become a guinness world record holder in one of the games he plays). Would be interested to read this myself and also for my son to read.

  • E Scott

    4th February 2022 at 2:34 pm

    To learn more about lived experience of autism.

  • Tracey

    6th February 2022 at 7:43 pm

    I have just completed an autism course which was amazing but it would be wonderful to read personal experiences, to better understand the struggles in real life. I work in a mainstream school and I’d love to share it too.

  • Linda Jones

    7th February 2022 at 6:27 pm

    My son has learning disabilities and many autistic traits, it’s always good to learn and understand more

  • Troy Easton

    8th February 2022 at 12:23 am

    I wanted to win this book as I think this would be a nice read and would be interesting.

  • Rebecca W

    8th February 2022 at 4:16 pm

    I have a relative with autism so would like to understand more.

  • Liz Atkin

    8th February 2022 at 4:19 pm

    id like to learn more

  • Michelle Moloney

    8th February 2022 at 5:26 pm

    This sounds like a book that I’d love to read, I’d like a little more insight into my friends and relatives lives living with autism,

  • Graham Atkin

    8th February 2022 at 7:27 pm

    i think i could learn alot from this

  • sallyanne rose

    9th February 2022 at 4:53 pm

    for my son to read, he is autistic as well

  • Corinne Peat

    9th February 2022 at 8:31 pm

    This sounds so similar to my son who was also diagnosed with Autism and ADHD and a few other things. I am always searching for information and ways I can help him. The book sounds great!

  • Adrian Bold

    9th February 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I know someone who has an autistic son, so this would be great to gift to him.

  • Samantha Atherton

    9th February 2022 at 9:39 pm

    I’d love to win as I think it’s very likely my daughter is high functioning Autistic, although still awaiting a diagnosis, she’s really struggling and I’m worrying about how she’ll cope transitioning to high school this year.
    It would be nice to read the perspective of someone whose been though this, so I can better understand and help her.

  • Eilean Fraoich

    9th February 2022 at 9:41 pm

    This is my line of work so it is really helpful finding all different views and ideas

  • Claire Hamilton

    9th February 2022 at 10:13 pm

    I’d like to win this for my nephew who has autism.

  • Patricia Barrett

    9th February 2022 at 11:02 pm

    My daughter works at a special needs school so this might be interesting for her.

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