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Posted November 17, 2010
A must-read for ASD families--a great read for ALL families
Temple Grandin personally commanded Jennifer Myers to write this book.
That's right, THE Temple Grandin heard a talk Myers gave, called her, insisted that Myers turn the talk into a book, and offered to write the foreward.
Thank God she did. This is a phenomenal book that makes an inescapable point: If you don't teach your kid the basic life skills, from how to order food at a restaurant to how to pick out groceries to how to be polite to police officers and teachers and other NT (neurotypical) humans, then your kid's world will always be much smaller than you--or probably they--want and need it to be.
On the other hand, if you learn what Myers teaches, and pass that on to your kids, there is an entire "Geek World" out there waiting to embrace your ASD kid. A valid, thriving world with high employability!
Myers is herself an "Aspie at large" whose personal experience of being undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and miraculously parented make for many of the compelling insights in the book. She adds to this her experience in being sibling to a brother with autism; consultant to some of the largest school districts in the United States; and a national speaker on the topic. Her logic is clear and infallible; her life experience is invaluable; her sense of humor is hilarious; and her suggestions can easily and inexpensively be applied on the spot in numerous real-life situations. She helps parents and educators not only to see why and how they must teach ASD kids life skills, but why it's vital to build on the *strengths* and specializations or interests the children already have, no matter where on the spectrum they are.
In summary, for anyone who teaches or parents kids with ASD, you've got to have this book. Read it with a highlighter and keep it on the nightstand like I do. For everyone else who parents or teaches NT (neurotypical) kids--you'll get a lot out of Myers' suggestions, too.
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Posted October 19, 2013
I am so glad I read this book!! I have an "Auspie" gr
I am so glad I read this book!! I have an "Auspie" grandson and it definitely gave me insight into the "Auspie" way of thinking. I had this book in my hands every chance I got. And thank you Jennifer, for all of the other resources you provided. She was plentiful in her "expert recommendations" and never claimed to know everything. I just don't have enough words to express my great fullness for this book. Jennifer...you are my hero!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2013
As my child has gotten older, I've discovered that academics are
As my child has gotten older, I've discovered that academics aren't everything. Education is incredibly important, but without life skills, academics won't get our kids anywhere. It does them no good to get to college if they haven't got the life skills to stay there. They can't hold a job if they don't have life skills. Ms. Meyers does a great job laying out what we need to teach our kids and how to do it. She covers everything from sleep habits, to chores, to attitude, persistence, dealing with mistakes, and mental health. What makes this book particularly useful is that it's from an insider's viewpoint. Ms. Meyers has Asperger's. When she tells you a skill is important or how to get your kid to learn it, she knows what she's talking about. This is an excellent book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.