As a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer O'Toole provides the definitive insider's view of Asperger syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and by exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.
This exciting book is full of effective and fun ways of engaging with children with Asperger syndrome. Jennifer explains how theory of mind difficulties create the need for concrete forms of communication, and provides original methods to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. In particular she reveals the untapped power of special interests, showing 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, educators, and other professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.
Jennifer O'Toole was identified as being on the spectrum in 2011, just after her three children. She is now the author of seven bestselling books the Asperkids collection, Sisterhood of the Spectrum, and Autism in Heels which include a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, a Publishers Weekly "Best Book" title winner, and three of BookAuthority's "Best-Selling" and "Top Autism Books of All Time." Jennifer is the bestselling female author of any single book in the genre, a multi-award-winning international speaker, and the founder of a brand-new venture called Belong, a virtual wonderland of enrichment and community, empowering neurodiverse individuals, couples and families worldwide.
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.