Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide, Revised Third Edition: Advice, Inspiration, Insight, and Hope, from Early Intervention to Adulthood

Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide, Revised Third Edition: Advice, Inspiration, Insight, and Hope, from Early Intervention to Adulthood

by Patricia Romanowski Bashe
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Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide, Revised Third Edition: Advice, Inspiration, Insight, and Hope, from Early Intervention to Adulthood by Patricia Romanowski Bashe

Since 2001, The OASIS Guide has been the reliable, comprehensive, authoritative guide to Asperger syndrome. This fully revised, updated, and expanded edition captures the latest in research, strategies, and parenting wisdom, and delivers it all in the empathetic, practical, and hope-filled style The OASIS Guide is famous for. Author Patricia Romanowski Bashe has revised this edition of Asperger Syndrome to reflect the latest in:
·Working with Professionals: building a team, negotiating for your child, and keeping everyone’s focus on high expectations for academic, social, and emotional success.
·Special Education: from early intervention through transition, college, and other postsecondary options, including how special education works and steps to take when it does not.
· Health and Safety: sexuality education, health care, and insurance coverage, as well as understanding the real-life health and safety risks children with AS face and learning the steps that only parents can take to protect them.
·Options and Interventions: with an emphasis on established guidelines for evidence-based treatments, including medication, applied behavior analysis, cognitive-behavior therapy, Social Stories, Comic Strip Conversations, and much more.
·Planning for the Future: Teaching today for independence tomorrow.
For anyone else with a life touched by AS, Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide is packed with resources to handle any situation, from understanding a diagnosis, realistically evaluating options and interventions, and nurturing the whole child with an eye to emotional health, happiness, and independence in school, at home, and among friends. Raising young people with AS to grow up successful, safe, independent, and happy is the goal. Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide is your map.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385344654
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 789,278
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Patricia Romanowski Bashe, MSEd., BCBA, is, first, the mother of a son with Asperger syndrome, and then a certified special education teacher, early intervention provider, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Currently senior education specialist at the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, at Stony Brook University, she is also author of The Parents’ Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar ASDs Real-Life Skills for Independence. Visit her website at

Table of Contents

Foreword Tony Attwood xiii

Foreword Michael John Carley xv

Introduction by Author 1

Part 1 Asperger Syndrome 7

1 What Is Asperger Syndrome? 9

2 Getting the Diagnosis 61

Part 2 Taking Control 123

3 Acceptance Builds the Bridge to Success 125

4 Options and Interventions 161

5 Medication 249

6 Special Education Basics 291

Part 3 The Whole Child 333

7 Your Child's Emotional Life 339

8 Your Child in the Social Realm 375

9 Your Child in School 417

10 Growing Up Healthy and Safe 461

11 Life After High School 497

12 After All 521

Acknowledgments 529

Notes 533

Index 551

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Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide, Revised Third Edition: Advice, Inspiration, Insight, and Hope, from Early Intervention to Adulthood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dr_James_Scott More than 1 year ago
If you have a child who is being tested for, or has been diagnosed with, Asperger Syndrome, I have a great resource to recommend to you. If you know someone with Asperger Syndrome, I have a book you should read. Or if you just want to learn about Asperger Syndrome to better understand what the person and family experience, here's an authoritative resource for you. The book that is an outstanding resource regarding Asperger Syndrome is the fully revised, updated, and expanded third edition of "Apserger Syndrome: The Oasis Guide," by Patricia Romanowski Bashe (published by Harmony Books). This book walks you from the time when you know the struggles your child is experiencing are more than the "average" developmental struggles most children face, to seeking a diagnosis, to what to do once you have a diagnosis, understanding what options and interventions are available, working with professionals, and planning for the future. The sub-title of the book accurately describe the contents as "Advice, Inspiration, Insight, and Hope from Early Intervention to Adulthood." I'm impressed that the book provides insights based on the latest research, strategies, and experience from parents in a very empathetic but effective way that arms parents with practical support as well as plenty of hope. This is the kind of help parents of children with Asperger Syndrome desperately need and can greatly benefit from. In 2015, this is an almost "must have" resource on your personal bookshelf. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Every parent of a child with Asperger's should own this book!  I can't rate it high enough!  This is a wonderful, much-needed resource.  It's a reference book that clears up misunderstandings and offers guidance where there is often very little.  There are many that this book could help.  "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 1 in 88 children have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  ASD is more common than childhood cancer, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, or cerebral palsy." The author describes terms like "Neurotypical Land," used to describe the sometimes-foreign culture of what most people define as "normal."  Reading the book, I learned that it was Dr. Asperger who first pointed out the Asperger's child's vulnerability to being bullied and their need for special, explicit instruction in social and adaptive skills. The author states this important take-home message:  "Each individual with ASD is truly an individual, in ever way.  Not every individual comes with behaviors and symptoms that make a "perfect" match with any diagnostic criteria....  these differences, deficits, challenges - whatever you decide to call them - are pervasive in that they touch most aspects of daily living."         I have a son with Asperger's.  He is now in his early thirties.  When he was in school, he was tested for everything under the sun and diagnosed with everything.  Back then, no one in our school system knew about Asperger's.  We visited psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors and no one seemed to know what he had or what to do.  They just knew there was something wrong.  We finally received a diagnosis of Asperger's when he was in his early twenties.  As the book describes, many parents feel a sense of relief at finally knowing what "it" is.  That's what happened to us.      When I think back to all the questions we've had and the crisis we have experienced, this book would have been an invaluable resource.  Even now, we are still experiencing crisis.  I plan to share the author's suggestions for coping with those problems with my son. While this book is quite comprehensive, if it should miss something, there's a large list of resources at the end. IF you have a son or daughter with Asperger's or who is on the autism spectrum, do both of you a HUGE favor, and buy this book!