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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.
"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
Posted May 25, 2011
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