Asperger's Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends

Asperger's Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends

by Blythe Grossberg
     
 

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A large part of school isn't just taking tests, reading, and writing-it's knowing the rules for behavior in the classroom and learning how to communicate with teachers and classmates. This book makes school easier for kids with Asperger's by explaining the confusing-and often unwritten-rules of the classroom. Asperger's Rules is filled with examples, quizzes, and

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A large part of school isn't just taking tests, reading, and writing-it's knowing the rules for behavior in the classroom and learning how to communicate with teachers and classmates. This book makes school easier for kids with Asperger's by explaining the confusing-and often unwritten-rules of the classroom. Asperger's Rules is filled with examples, quizzes, and exercises to help you:

Understand your feelings and emotions:

Ask teachers for help;

Have good classroom behavior;

Navigate lunch, recess, gym, and other situations in school;

Interact with other kids;

Deal with bullies and mean kids; and

Maintain healthy habits.

Asperger's Rules helps you learn the rules, so you will be better able to show your true talents at school.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
This is a straightforward book for people who do best with straightforward explanations. It's clear and to the point, while also attractively designed and interesting. Aimed at teenagers with Asperger's, it clarifies the social cues that people might have a hard time picking up on their own at school and with peers. It suggests self-advocacy methods, such as sending a teacher an e-mail explaining why a kid gets overwhelmed in class and how the teacher could help (a sample e-mail is included). The pros and cons of people that you have Asperger's are laid out, and it's suggested that kids go over them with their parents. The advice is practical and has suggested scripts for conversations with parents and teachers. A list of body language that signal someone is "bored or disengaged" has notes explaining the deeper thought: not just "crossing your arms," but "crossing your arms can make you look defensive or angry." Goal-setting is a big part of the book's plan, with checklists for evaluating how you're doing. Schools situations outside of the classroom, such as recess, gym, and lunch, are also deciphered; one chapter is dedicated to making friends, and another is about bullies. "Healthy habits," are covered, such how to relax and get enough sleep, being well-groomed, and making healthy food choices even if there are foods you don't like the texture or taste of. This book will be very helpful for children and young adults who need extra support when it comes to social skills. Reviewer: Sara Lorimer
Publishers Weekly
Grossberg provides an upbeat and supportive guide for readers with Asperger’s, covering feelings and emotions, teachers, asking for help, and dealing with bullies. Quizzes let readers reflect on their own approaches to situations like interacting with kids at school, and Grossberg also includes tips on how to interpret social situations (“Sometimes, conversations are really about nothing. Kids just like to say silly things or kid around”). Flowcharts illustrate how various conversations might progress, and other sections focus on dressing properly and eating healthful meals. The invaluable advice should help readers navigate new challenges. Ages 9–13. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—As a clinical psychologist who works with middle- and high-school students diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, Grossberg has the background and expertise to give advice on how to negotiate the world of the neurotypcial. The advice is straightforward, easy to understand, and solid. Each chapter includes a short test to help readers understand the importance of the material. The short quiz at the start of each chapter clues readers in to how they should relate to the upcoming information. The book includes sample dialogues and opportunities for readers to practice what they are learning. While this book is written specifically for youngsters on the Asperger's spectrum, it will be helpful for any children who struggle with making and keeping friends, dealing with bullies, or understanding unwritten rules in the classroom. Some young people may prefer to read this on their own, while others could certainly benefit from sharing the volume in a group and/or with an adult helper.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433811272
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
521,358
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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