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 Autism and the coping strategies he found.

When I started writing this book I was 16. At age 5 I was diagnosed with a=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.


    13th January 2022 at 10:40 pm

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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