School Success for Kids With Asperger's Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachersby Stephan Silverman
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.
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
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
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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. 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.
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