Hitchhiking through Asperger Syndrome

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Overview

"Written from a parent's perspective, this book gives a candid and thoughtful account of one family's trek through the world of Asperger Syndrome. The author believes that, while professional help can be necessary, parents are in the best position to make a difference in their children's lives: they should be in control of, and involved in, their children's care and education. She offers practical and positive advice on topics including diagnosis and self-diagnosis; dealing with your own reactions, and those of others; types of school and homeschooling; medication; and dietary issues." Written in clear and straightforward language, the book does not promote any particular therapy or prescribe fixed solutions, but aims to help parents to ask good questions and come up with answers to suit their own circumstances and children. Full of humor and common sense, Hitchhiking Through Asperger Syndrome will make encouraging, inspiring, and entertaining reading for all parents of children with Asperger Syndrome.
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Editorial Reviews

Autism Society of British Columbia
Hitchhiking through Asperger Syndrome, by Lise Pyles (Jessica Kingsley, 2002). The mother of a teenage son with AS, the author writes as a "scout" along the journey for other parents whose children are affected by AS. Pyles provides "cheap or free" strategies that were effective for her son, emphasizing the role of parents as the most important interventionists in their children's lives. She has an especially good chapter on coming to term with the diagnosis, which covers such topics as grief, denial, labeling, disclosure, and differences in how each spouse responds. Also very useful are her chapters on home-schooling and pharmaceutical and dietary interventions.
Library Journal
Pyles here relates her experience raising a son with Asperger Syndrome and her struggles to navigate "the system" in three different countries to get help for her son. Much of the author's journey occurred before Asperger Syndrome was an "official" diagnosis according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Even now, few education and healthcare professionals have a clear understanding of this high-functioning form of autism. This is a been-there-done-that manual for parents helping their Asperger children when the system fails them. But because it focuses primarily on the author's son and what works for him, it may be too narrow for some readers. A broader range of parents' perspectives are presented in Patricia Romanowski Bashe and Barbara L. Kirby's The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome (LJ 9/1/01). Growing awareness of the syndrome by the professional community has led to an increase in diagnoses, so librarians may be getting more requests for books on this subject. These two guides complement each other well, but libraries limited to purchasing one would be better off with The OASIS Guide. KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Eatonville, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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A parent of a child with Asperger's syndrome writes an account primarily for other families about issues involved in coping with this milder form of autism, from schooling to controversial dietary control of symptoms. Appendices include diagnostic criteria and resources. Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853029370
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,462,984
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    Bravo!

    When I read this passage from Lise Pyle's book, Hitchhiking through Asperger Syndrome I knew this was a book written by someone who's Been There Done That: 'Our kids need help in many areas including communication, sensory issues, motor skills, and behavior, and it's often tricky to keep outside services going in all these areas for your child. I can almost guarantee that there will be at least some period of time during your long stretch of parenting when your child will be left in the lurch with some or even all of these issues going unaddressed. At those times, you as a parent will feel, 'No one is going to help. It's all up to me.' And you will be right.' The forward is by Tony Attwood who says (in part): 'This book will help parents achieve that understanding and become not only more knowldgeable but empowered in their ability to achieve real progress.' If I had one book to recommend to parents, it would be this book. It is written is clear language, showing respect for parents in a way that makes this book so valuable in empowering parents to advocate and make decisions for their children. From Chapter 10 'Final Thoughts' in the book: '...I hope my tale has helped to empower you and to convince you that parents can trust their instincts.' Lise Pyles doesn't endorse any one program or idea but lays it out and encourages parents to trust themselves to make the decisions for their children with the empowerment of confidence. Last but not least are the appendices: Diagnostic Criteria, Asperger Syndrome Resources, Social Skills, Idioms, Fifty Five ways to Save Money, Homeschooling Resources, Dietary Resources. A nice subject index makes the book a quick and easy reference guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    Bravo!

    When I read this passage from Lise Pyle's book, Hitchhiking through Asperger Syndrome I knew this was a book written by someone who's Been There Done That: 'Our kids need help in many areas including communication, sensory issues, motor skills, and behavior, and it's often tricky to keep outside services going in all these areas for your child. I can almost guarantee that there will be at least some period of time during your long stretch of parenting when your child will be left in the lurch with some or even all of these issues going unaddressed. At those times, you as a parent will feel, 'No one is going to help. It's all up to me.' And you will be right.' The forward is by Tony Attwood who says (in part): 'This book will help parents achieve that understanding and become not only more knowldgeable but empowered in their ability to achieve real progress.' If I had one book to recommend to parents, it would be this book. It is written is clear language, showing respect for parents in a way that makes this book so valuable in empowering parents to advocate and make decisions for their children. From Chapter 10 'Final Thoughts' in the book: '...I hope my tale has helped to empower you and to convince you that parents can trust their instincts.' Lise Pyles doesn't endorse any one program or idea but lays it out and encourages parents to trust themselves to make the decisions for their children with the empowerment of confidence. Last but not least are the appendices: Diagnostic Criteria, Asperger Syndrome Resources, Social Skills, Idioms, Fifty Five ways to Save Money, Homeschooling Resources, Dietary Resources. A nice subject index makes the book a quick and easy reference guide.

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