School Success for Kids With Asperger's Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers

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Hundreds of thousands of children face life with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism spectrum disorder that affects a child's language and social skills. Kids with Asperger's have average to above-average intelligence, but often have obsessive interests, are socially awkward, and do not understand the subtleties of language and conversation. With concentrated effort on the part of parents and educators, these children can begin to overcome the difficulties of this ...
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Overview

Hundreds of thousands of children face life with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism spectrum disorder that affects a child's language and social skills. Kids with Asperger's have average to above-average intelligence, but often have obsessive interests, are socially awkward, and do not understand the subtleties of language and conversation. With concentrated effort on the part of parents and educators, these children can begin to overcome the difficulties of this disorder and find success in school and life.

School Success for Kids With Asperger's Syndrome covers topics such as recognizing and diagnosing Asperger's syndrome, addressing the needs of students with Asperger's, implementing successful practices in the classroom, working with the school system, and providing interventions in the home to help develop needed skills.

The authors, leaders in the field of special education, combine the strategies they've used in working with this population with practical tools, advice, and case studies of students who have Asperger's to give these students, their parents, and teachers guidance for success.

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School Success for Kids With Asperger's Syndrome covers a myriad of techniques to help students with AS meet their potential. This well-written, comprehensive book should be on the bookshelf of every teacher and parent.
—Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Chief of Programs and Development, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence; Associate Professor, University of Kansas

With the growing number of children diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, School Success for Kids With Asperger's Syndrome is a must have for parents and teachers. Its engaging tone and comprehensive scope make it both readable and informative. I strongly recommend it for parents, teachers, and others who are interested in individuals with Asperger's syndrome.
—Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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"School Success for Kids With Asperger's Syndrome covers a myriad of techniques to help students with AS meet their potential. This well-written, comprehensive book should be on the bookshelf of every teacher and parent." - Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Chief of Programs and Development, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence; Associate Professor, University of Kansas

"With the growing number of children diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, School Success for Kids With Asperger's Syndrome is a must have for parents and teachers. Its engaging tone and comprehensive scope make it both readable and informative. I strongly recommend it for parents, teachers, and others who are interested in individuals with Asperger's syndrome." - Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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This book seeks to provide "practical strategies that can be used by parents and classroom teachers" when working with students who have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Written by a psychologist and an educator with experience in the field, the book contains ten chapters of advice for educational intervention along with research findings on how people with AS process information. Six appendixes and an extensive reference section provide readers with avenues for further research and support. The authors compress a surprising amount of information into a relatively small book. Clear guidelines for intervention include straightforward subdivisions that allow for easy browsing. Some points may seem repetitive, but it should not be an issue if readers use the book for reference instead of cover-to-cover reading. The strongest chapter is "Strategies and Interventions That Work in the Classroom," which explains in concrete terms specific techniques that can help alleviate the stress of AS in school. Sections that address the scientific background of the AS diagnosis are less compelling. The authors competently present the research, yet the book dwells perhaps too much on scientific studies in lieu of practical information. In "Recognizing and Diagnosing AS," for example, the chapter largely functions as a review of scientific literature (even though it does contain a handy multi-page chart of AS "soft signs" and characteristics). It is, however, a minor quibble. Overall, the book provides valuable AS assistance for parents and educators. Reviewer: Christina Fairman
Library Journal

Children with Asperger's syndrome (AS) present a dilemma to parents and educators: although usually average to above average in intelligence, they may experience complications that not only make school difficult but also affect their success later in life. Silverman, a liaison psychologist to schools focused on AS, and Weinfeld, an educational advocate and coauthor of Helping Boys Succeed in School and Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties, have written a useful guide for easing the school experience. They describe the book's first half as a general survey of AS, although the breadth of information goes well beyond a cursory explanation, with coverage of how AS might appear to a parent, genetic possibilities, neurological "soft signs," and precautions in assessment. The second half focuses on practical strategies to try in the classroom. The appendixes-including a checklist of classroom issues, an intervention plan, a quick reference to problem areas and interventions, program options, and advice for dealing with AS and ADHD-will be appreciated by those short on time. Recommended for public and academic libraries with autism collections.
—Elizabeth Safford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593632151
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Weinfeld is a national leader in the education of gifted children with learning difficulties. Weinfeld was instrumental in coordinating the Montgomery County, MD, gifted and learning disabled program and is currently an educational advocate in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has also taught courses on GT/LD at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of two previous books, one on GT/LD and the other on overcoming the learning challenges of boys.

Stephan Silverman, Ph.D., is a highly regarded child/adolescent psychological diagnostician in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with 35 years of years of experience. He has been a field trainer of many young psychologists and currently specializes in the assessment and education of students on the autistic spectrum. Stephan currently acts as a liaison psychologist to several schools specializing in Asperger's Syndrome. He has been recognized for his support to parents of children with a wide range of disabilities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

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    This book has been by my side since the day my 11 year old was diagnosed with Aspergers. Not having a clue what we were dealing with, this book has been an invaluable resource as to the strengths common in AS as well as the weaknesses and how they translate into the academic world. Many teachers *think* they know how to work with kids until they are challenged with a child who doesn't fit the mold. I used to be one of them myself. I only wish I had had this book when I was teaching, perhaps then I would have been able to bend more and make some of the accommodations naturally that AS children need and that other kids will not even notice. If you are just getting started in the AS world as it relates to school, this is an excellent resource to have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2009

    A MUST HAVE!!

    I first found this at the library..I now have a copy for me and I also baught one for my childs school and one for his teacher.. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

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