Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding, and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome

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As a parent, teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer Cook O'Toole provides a unique insider's look into Asperger's Syndrome and how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.

This book is full of original and effective methods for engaging with children with Asperger's Syndrome. The author ...

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Overview

As a parent, teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer Cook O'Toole provides a unique insider's look into Asperger's Syndrome and how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.

This book is full of original and effective methods for engaging with children with Asperger's Syndrome. The author discusses theory of mind, the necessity for concrete forms of communication, and ways to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. In particular she explores the untapped power of special interests, explaining 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 and professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781849059022
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 177,122
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: How Asperger's Saved My Life. 1. The Theory of My Mind: How Asperkids Think. 2. Special Interests: The Way In. 3. All Aspies Are from Missouri: Concrete Minds. 4. Detour - This Way: Getting around Learning Challenges. 5. Living the Practical Life. 6. Dear Santa, I'd Like a Friend for Christmas. 7. It Depends on Where You're Standing: Perspectives on Comfort Zones. 8. Conclusion: My Father's Legacy.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Being honest, most of what I have read about Asperger Syndrome m

    Being honest, most of what I have read about Asperger Syndrome makes me scared for my family (I have kids on the spectrum). O'Toole's book is the first one that actually made me LAUGH and feel like not only was everything going to be good, it was going to be great. She's an Aspie, herself, so it's a given that this lady knows her stuff personally and professionally. But the thing is that her writing feels like your favorite blog or girls' night heart-to-heart. There's no stuffy lecture here.

    So, I am buying a copy for myself, for my kids' teachers, for the grandparents and for the school library. If you have Asperkids in your life, I urge you to do the same. The differences O'Toole's insights have already made in our house are amazing. I can only believe they will do the same in yours. This book ROCKS.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    NOT TO BE MISSED!

    Take it from an obsessive reader of all things Asperger’s-related: DO NOT miss this one. A restorative read for those of us who parent aspies, O’Toole brings a refreshing, passionate, and qualified, in the most legitimate way possible, voice to the conversation. For those of us who read “all the books” (you know who you are!), put this one at the top of your must-read list. If, however, you’re someone who’s had enough of the usual and have just felt “done”, just completely over all that’s been available, I urge you to give Asperkids a chance. I think you’ll see that this voice is different, that O’Toole appreciates your children from the core of her soul, and that she knows, just like you secretly do, that under all the challenges, and yes, often pain, of this journey, your asperkid is someone very special, someone amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    If you are looking for a great resource on Aspergers, this is th

    If you are looking for a great resource on Aspergers, this is the book to read. It's written in such a way that you feel almost like you are sitting with Mrs. Cook O'Toole. She answers the questions most parents with a newly diagnosed child ask in a way that is easy to understand and relatable. (Especially if you are a "neurotypical" parent to an Aspie) For me personally, I found the advice, suggestions, hints, and insight to be a breath of fresh air. It was nice to have this topic covered in a way that wasn't so impersonal and clinical as other books I've read on the topic. Also, being that the author is an Aspie, herself, gave her credibility in a way I haven't felt for other authors on the topic.

    I also recommend this book if you have a child with any hyper-focusing issues such as ADD/ADHD, hyper-anxiety, OCD, etc as I've found a lot of the suggestions in this book can be very helpful for kids and parents (teachers, caregivers, counselors, doctors, the list can go on and on here) as well. I've seen my son have more "aha!" moments and less frustration ever since putting some of the suggested techniques into effect at home. Even his neurotypical sister is trying to emulate them which I think will help them have a closer relationship as the grow.

    I highly recommend reading Asperkids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    This book is a comfort and a source of strength for those who lo

    This book is a comfort and a source of strength for those who love children on the spectrum. Jennifer O'Toole gives NT parents an insider's view of what it's really like to be an Aspie or person with Autism. Her style is loving, yet funny and endearing. This book is a must-read for any parent who loves someone on the spectrum. It is enlightening, affirming and an accessible guide to help us out on this journey. Amazing work! Thank you!

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