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As a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer O'Toole provides the definitive insider's view of Asperger syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and by exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.This exciting book is full of effectAs a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer O'Toole provides the definitive insider's view of Asperger syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and by exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.This exciting book is full of effective and fun ways of engaging with children with Asperger syndrome. Jennifer explains how theory of mind difficulties create the need for concrete forms of communication, and provides original methods to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. In particular she reveals the untapped power of special interests, showing how to harness these interests to encourage academic, social and emotional growth.Affirming that different doesn't mean defective, this book offers the insight and guidance that parents, educators, and other professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning....

Title : Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding, and Teaching Children with Asperger's Syndrome
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ISBN : 9781849059022
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding, and Teaching Children with Asperger's Syndrome Reviews

  • Laurie
    2019-03-16 13:06

    I really enjoyed how this book focused on the positives for those with Asperger's and gave examples of how creativity can help these and other children who may not be typical succeed. I definitely think that this book has a broader audience than just those with Asperger's and I'd recommend it to any parent who has a child with a disability. That said, I wish the book went a little further with application of the techniques as the types of Aspies are as numerous as the stars and I sometimes struggled to figure out how to apply the concepts to the Aspies that I know. The main thing that I wish the book addressed though is how she plans to eventually help her children conform more to society. It is great that she is able to place her children in a setting where she can control the learning processes, etc. However, it is unclear to me how her daughter for example will handle a college lecture when she doesn't have someone relating it to Aphrodite for her. It is one thing if children are not ever expected to develop enough skills to attend college - Life skills learned in any manner are very valuable. However, many Aspies do attend college or be placed in situations where they don't have control over the learning medium and it concerns me that there is no explanation of how they will make that transition.

  • Carina
    2019-03-02 17:10

    Thankyou.There's a plethora of "what is ASD" books out there, covering the basics well. There's not a lot that go deep, that understand a good many readers are already well versed in the "easy stuff" and are searching beyond that. Asperkids is that deeper book, the one that brings new strategies to old hands, new understandings, clarifying and diplomatically translating the needs of all involved. A considerable portion of the book is devoted to educational strategies (in particular, how Montessori approaches are worth exploring) as well as home life strategies. Another strength of this book is it's wonderful whole-child view, seeing difficulties as differences to be navigated, and strengths to be embraced and built upon. It struck me too, how wonderfully generous the author is with her empathy. Empathy for all, Asperkids, parents, teachers. The journey and challenges of each are gracefully acknowledged and discussed.And finally, it has to be said, that this is an easy read. It's not a dry, jargon littered text, but a tale of journeys and ideas, sharing the funny and poignant.

  • Kit Hart
    2019-02-26 15:12

    This book was very enlightening, as we have recently discovered that our 7yo has Aspergers. There were several "a-ha!" moments, it and opened my eyes to how my son views the world. O'Toole offered some wonderful suggestions and tools for dealing with difficult situations. However, her style was very off-putting, as it seemed to be some kind of brag book for everything she has done and how amazing her kids are. Also, her constant reference to "asperkid," "aspermom," "aspergirl" annoyed the crap out of me - just use their names! And instead of repeating story after story of how she is the Ultimate Mom, I wish she would have just given suggestions that would apply to any child with Aspergers.

  • Lucretia
    2019-03-09 11:09

    ExcellentThis book is ostensibly about how she educated her three aspie children but even if that doesn't sound relevant the insights into thought patterns and anecdotes in this book are excellent. Occasionally I skimmed a page or two of specific education details but most of the book was extremely useful. I feel like I understand so much better now, her books are what I've been looking for to accompany the Attwood Complete Guide, to translate the facts into real world behaviours.

  • Rochelle
    2019-03-20 15:17

    I can't get though this book. I've had it for about 2 months and I'm 20% through. I may pick it back up in the future but I really just don't like her style of writing.Regarding not explaining things that they know (showing their work.) They just assume the knowledge in their head is obvious to everyone. It's not easy to delineate what they know versus what everyone else knows."...skills most people pick up without thinking must be explicated to us or acquired by us through thorough almost academic means....Which is exactly how Aspies learn. That is to say that we have to come to understand the world through rules, logic, and cause and effect. After watching social patterns over and over again, Aspies can learn to intellectualize, break down, and then memorize behaviors that neurotypical folk do instinctively. And, of course, put us in a new scenario where one or two details change, and our whoe system has to be overhauled. Either way, depending upon ones "acting" skills, the Aspie-trying-to-pass may come across as plausibly eccentric, fly under the radar, or totally mess up and seem awkward, stiff, and insincere" p.25

  • Sara
    2019-03-07 10:59

    The most practical, empowering, insightful and friendly book on Aspergers I've read. Oh how I wish I had not wasted the money I did on Asper Girls and Aspergirls. This book is right up there with Temple Grandin's books. Like peeling back the layers of an onion, O'Toole deftly shows us what aspies see when they look in the mirror, what they want to see and what they need to get there. This book is loaded with great ideas and insight and it has truly inspired me to make some small changes that will make big differences in how we as a family can probably celebrate our aspie gifting.

  • Finnella Flanagan
    2019-03-03 13:08

    This is now my favorite introductory book for Aspergers. It's well written and should be easy to understand by readers new to Asperkids. I ran into the author in a used book store shortly before the book was published, and she recommended that I read it. It was good advice.My only regret is that Ms. O'Toole has younger children who haven't reached their teens yet. (My Aspie just turned 14.) Nevertheless, the book was well worth reading and gave me new ideas for teaching my Asperkid.

  • Lori
    2019-02-24 13:26

    The book is well-written, insightful and empowering. Jennifer 's unique perspective and thoughtful/creative ideas make it a must-read for anyone interested in effectively communicating with (and teaching) kids on the spectrum.

  • Benita
    2019-03-17 12:03

    I started reading this at a client's suggestion. I'm so grateful for her suggestion. Her ability to share her inside experience, successes and failures is giving me such an insight as a a coach, teacher and mother. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with children!

  • Christy
    2019-02-21 15:21

    This was my first book read on my sons Asperger's journey. It was very informative and written at a level that I understood. It is written by an Aspie who is also the wife and mother of Aspie's. Great views all the way around.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-02 15:14

    Beautiful book! A must read for parents of precious spectrum kids

  • Michele Herrera
    2019-03-12 13:07

    Very informative and helpful in making sense of our recently diagnosed "Aspie".

  • Christie Johnson
    2019-03-10 11:25

    Amazing to finally have insight into the inner workings of an Aspie's mind from someone with firsthand knowledge. Took tons of notes!

  • Abraham Ray
    2019-03-14 10:19

    nice book about kids with aspurgers syndrome!

  • Lee
    2019-03-09 12:12

    Really helpful to understanding how Asperger's minds work.

  • Becca Limberg
    2019-03-10 11:12

    Asperkids was very helpful in explaining how people with Asperger's Syndrome think and reframing it in a positive way.

  • Anne
    2019-02-18 15:13

    very easy to read. has a lot of great insights to Asperger's Snydrome as well as endless suggestions to utilize. very positive and resourceful book

  • Marcia
    2019-02-23 10:59

    good book, insightful

  • Emma
    2019-02-27 10:27

    A fabulous compassionate take on raising Aspie kids.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-18 09:22

    Found that it was easy to read but didn't apply to the person I thought it might. Helpful none the less.