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Born on the Wrong Planet

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Born on the Wrong Planet

This story of the childhood and young adulthood of Erika Hammerschmidt, a young woman diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, takes the reader into a confusing and often tumultuous world, including the years of dating and ultimate marriage to John, a young man who is also on the spectrum. The author began compiling the many stories, poems and essays she penned during and after high school when she studied abroad and, ultimately, Born on the Wrong Planetcame to be. Throughout this book, Erika's unique language skills and her fresh perspective on the world combine to make a delightful and enlightening read. Foreword by Kari Dunn Buron, MS.


Erika Hammerschmidt was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and Tourette Syndrome at the age of 11. She has faced her challenges with the help of family members, friends, teachers, and her extraordinary skills in language. In 2004 she graduated from Augsburg College with majors in German and Spanish and a minor in studio arts. Shortly afterwards, she married John Ricker, another Augsburg College student on the autism spectrum. They live in Richfield, Minnesota. Besides studying languages, Erika enjoys science fiction, drawing, painting, making jewelry, and keeping pets and plants. She and John have adopted and helped rehabilitate a parrot named Rain Man, who was found running loose in the street and had severe behavior problems for many years. John and Erika give speeches to schools and support groups. They plan some day to write a book together about their many different experiences as a couple on the autism spectrum.

ISBN: 9781934575208

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
May 26 2016
Customer Review: K. Stanley - After reading the book,I recommended it to everyone I know and don't know. It is a book you can't put down once you start. Erika has done a great job giving her life experiences that have helped me understand my son a little bit better. I have also seen her and her husband John speak in person and wow are they good. Any chance anybody gets to read the book and/or see them speak, you won't regret it.
LENEXA, Kansas
May 26 2016
Customer Review: Rebekah L. Sprecher - This is a quick read, and a fascinating book. It's a look at the world from the inside of a person with Asperger's Syndrome, Tourette's, and OCD. I found the book to be a real eye-opener, as I have a child who has PDD and may experience some of the same things as the author.
LENEXA, Kansas
May 26 2016
Customer Review: Midwest book review - Aspergers Syndrome can drive a wedge between one and society... "Born on the Wrong Planet" thinks it can be enough that it may seem that the sufferer is not of this world and it's strange ways and customs. Author Erika Hammerschmidt speaks of her difficulties overcoming what many people find so easily overcome in their lives, but is an uphill battle due to her Aspergers and Tourettes syndromes. An inspirational tale, "Born on the Wrong Planet" is the perfect gift for any intermediate reader of a young age trying to cope with their own Aspergers.
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