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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931412413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931412414
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Teresa Bolick, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in autism spectrum disorders. She received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University. Dr. Bolick is a consultant to schools and maintains a private practice in Nashua, New Hampshire. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.

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“If a child you love has Asperger Syndrome, you need this book.

“Ten to eighteen-year-olds face many challenges, and adolescents with AS can have special difficulty navigating through the changes they encounter when they reach middle school. Friends, crushes, schoolwork—the day-to-day lives of teens present complicated issues. Child psychologist and AS specialist Teresa Bolick has solutions for overcoming the obstacles kids with AS face.

“Packed with practical advice and full of inspiring stories, Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence will be your guidebook as you help a teen with AS down the path toward happiness and success. You’ll learn effective techniques for raising a self-sufficient, self-confident teen, and will find inspiration in the dozens of success stories Dr. Bolick shares.” --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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She says the book has been on her to read list but she hasn't been able to find it at any of our local libraries.
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This book is organized and very readable.
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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By bvj54 on May 21, 2002
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This book is organized and very readable. Each section discusses an area where a person with Asperger's Syndrome might have a deficit/challenge. For each "problem" area, there is a short clinical discussion of what the deficiency means (for example, what the heck is "executive function"), then a practical description of how this difficulty might manifest itself in behavior (difficulty with performing particular tasks), and finally some ways that the parent/teacher/other might help the youngster work through or around the problem. This book is my current favorite, as my 11 year old son moves from the shelter of elementary school into the more open middle school environment. The book addresses social skills, academic skills, and has lots of ideas for when and how to help (or keep out of the way!) your child. One section that really impressed me is about special interests, rituals, and routines... The author emphasizes that these need not be viewed as obssessions, compulsions, and rigidity of behavior!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By mhhome on November 4, 2003
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This is the best book I have read on AS in quite a while. It is one of the few that addresses the differences in adolescence. Those of us who have been in the AS world for awhile know there is a lot of info out there for younger children. Now that our children are getting older, their challenges change. This book really helps in that area. I loaned my copy to my son's educational assistant and she doesn't want to give it back <grin>! Great book,must read for parents of AS adolescents.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Hoffmann on August 27, 2004
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This is a must-read for anyone who has or works with AS kids. My son was misdiagnosed from early childhood, so I'm not too familiar with the literature for younger kids. The anecdotes in this book really shed some light on the characteristics of AS. I could have inserted my son's name into many of these stories. I will be buying this book for several people who work with my son. They need this information!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sandy C on March 25, 2006
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This book is practical and helpful. I have learned more about the areas I need to be targeting with my son. It has also increased my awareness of more of the things my son faces on a daily basis and how to approach them better.

The Author gives specific ideas of ways to prepare your child for their future and how to get on the same page with them so you are a team and not another problem in you child's life.

The practical advise she gives is great! I love the lists and ideas she shares that I can use to brain storm with which really helps me to get the ball going.

Through my sons diagnosis we found out my husband has AS. This book has helped him tremendously understand why some things were/are so difficult for him, like social rules (ex: elbows on the table- the why of it). This book has helped him understand himself and be able to see what is happening in himself better.

I would recommend this book for parents, staff that work with AS and for adults with AS. It is a fast read and very beneficial. I think I am going to have my child read it as well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Harpur on April 8, 2006
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A good book for parents. In the social skills intervention we developed, I recommend a range of books for parents based on their accessibility and general sensitivity to parents needs. This book is one of the ones in that basket - there aren't many. I would also recommend reading Succeeding with Interventions for Asperger Syndrome Adolescents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol I. Paquette on February 27, 2006
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Offers a good background of asperger response to the real world and also gives a number of suggestions on how to support the person and or make their world more liveable. The suggestions are able to be done by family and school. Most of them do not require any special techniques or equipment, just an understanding of AS and the people if affects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karla Fisher on April 13, 2011
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Have read quite a few books on Aspergers and this one is by far the best one I have found that offers not only information on what it is but also HOW to help one overcome some of the "issues" associated with the disorder. It not only highlights the problems young people with AS might have but also gives concrete examples of how to speak "ASD" at thier level. I have Aspergers and I raised an Aspie kid and am mentoring another. I have to say that I have no critique of this Dr's perspectives or even methods. Excellently written and researched.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Asberger Dad on January 9, 2007
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It is a very good book that will help you understand how your AS. kids head works as well as gives good advice to help with their education. anyone with an AS. kid knows that educaters tell you that they deal with this all the time, and that is true only they really dont know what it is they are dealing with. Which makes it a great reading assignment for their teachers. You can't be afraid to call them on the carpet for what they dont know. Another good reading assignment is Freaks Geeks And Asberger Syndrome
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