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This is a very well presented and readable book. It not only puts a very human perspective on the behaviours, feelings, and thinking of those with Asperger's syndrome, but also gives a very comprehensive account of the statistical, theoretical, and professional aspects of me condition... I found this book difficult to put down once I began to read it. It grounded my theoretical knowledge of Asperger's syndrome and provided me with a level of insight that I did not have previously. There is no doubt thatAsperger's syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions is a must for the educational psychologist. It contains a wealth of information and a practical toolkit for addressing bullying, and at a very low cost. -- Debate This is a very well presented and readable book. It not only puts a very human perspective on the behaviours, feelings, and thinking of those with Asperger's syndrome, byt also gives a very comprehensive account of the statistical, theoretical, and professional aspects of me condition. Nick Dubin succeeds in using the insights gained from his experience (he was diagnosed with Aserger's syndrome in 2004) of support and provides greater understanding of the complexity of Asperger's syndrome, while at the same time maintaining the degree of professional detachment necessary to ensure that this book is a useful working document... I found this book difficult to put down once I began to read it. It grounded my theoretical knowledge of Asperger's syndrome and provided me with a level of insight that I did not have previously. There is no doubt that Asperger's syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions is a must for the educational psychologist. It contains a wealth of information and a practical toolkit for addressing bullying, and at a very low cost. -- British Psychological Society, Debate This book is exceptional in its call to empower the victims and its challenge to bystanders to intervene, but there is another compelling gem found here. Mr Dubin's abundant stories illustrating how people with AS perceive and experience their environment are a brilliant window into the inner life of children with AS. His perspective is a gift of empathy and understanding that transcends the subject of bullying and would benefit every teacher, parent and professional. -- Autism Asperger's Digest Nick Dubins Book on bullying and Asperger Syndrome is an interesting read for therapist with experience of Asperger Syndrome and working with school-aged pupils. It will deepen your understanding and awareness of the issues and provide useful strategies to pass on to teaching staff. Many of Nick's ideas can be incorporated within social skills therapy to develop assertiveness skills and social understanding. Parents may also wish to read the book and will particularly enjoy the sections aimed directly at them. Bullying is an important topic and the book will be a valuable addition to your library. -- Speech & Language Therapy in Practice This book offers individuals with AS who are being bullied the opportunity to see that they are not alone, and it is an invaluable source of advice for parents, teachers, professionals and personnel managers. -- Autism Us Written in an accessible style by someone who has AS and has experienced bullying. Not only for people who have this syndrome, but also all those who support and work with them. -- Current Awareness Service Combining personal life experiences and those of others along with the acumen of a researcher, Nick Dubin introduces the reader to how the characteristics of Asperger Syndrome interplay with the social environment that makes these children and adults targets of bullying. In addition to clearly depicting the extent of the irreparable harm caused by bullying, he tells us how easily to recognize and stop this destructive behavior at the individual, in the classroom, and at school wide levels. -- Stephen M. Shore, Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America, the Asperger's Association of New England, and other related organizations Not only will Asperger Syndrome and Bullying help former victims piece together the "why"s and "how"s of prior trauma, but educational professionals also are served well to read this book. For giving them much to choose from, Dubin meticulously outlines (and provides commentary on) every available community-based strategy and school program designed to combat those atmospheres that condone bullying. His book is a wonderful addition to the growing literature currently investigating the environment of bullying, the culture of bullying, and the myths we once believed about it. Asperger Syndrome and Bullying serves as a great sociological analysis, yes, but readers are provided an added layer - hearing a writer heal before our eyes. -- from the Foreword by Michael John Carley, executive director of GRASP, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership Bullying can be a problem in most schools, even in those with zero tolerance outlook and a good anti-bullying programme. Children with special needs are particularly prone to be targets of bullies, as they are already 'different' from their peers. In this well written. well-researched book, the author's first hand experience, his insight and his common-sense approach to the varied ways in which bullying becomes evident, add up to a volume well worth reading. Dubin lists teachers, administrators, employers and employees as bullies in addition to peer group bullies at school,. He gives clear examples of how child with Asperger's Syndrome finds it difficult to understand social interaction, the intentions of others, the facial expressions. and off hand comments that other children take for granted. This is an excellent starting point for an in-service workshop on bullying, and would be particularly useful in a school practising inclusive education where children on the autistic spectrum are part of the student body. -- School Librarian Journal Power imbalances underlie bullying and this book goes some way to empowering victims, bystanders, parents and schools, thereby helping to redress this balance. The author draws on his personal experience as a youngster with (then undiagnosed) Asperger's Syndrome, as well as his later professional experiences, to write passionately about bullying, its significant and often long-term effects, and what can be done about it. Chapters on why children with Asperger's often present as easy targets for bullying and victimisation, ways in which adults and school staff can be be bullies too and why bullies and bystanders may act as they do increase awareness and understanding of these issues. Strategies that individuals, parents and schools can implement to deal with bullies are also described, and these may apply equally to students with or without Asperger's Syndrome. -- Youth in Mind I would recommend this book to anyone working with people with Asperger syndrome and not just where bullying has been identified as a problem. Useful pointers in how to talk and communicate are provided -- Drama Therapy

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An accessible guide to addressing bullies and bullying behaviour directed at children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (January 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843108461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843108467
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on July 21, 2007
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Nick Dubin's book is a Godsend. It's as simple as that.

This brilliant work on bullying children with Asperger's Syndrome, which is the spectrum partner to autism is long overdue. With candor and unflinching insights, Dubin has not only included statistics; a list of helpful websites; a bibliography and clearly drawn vignettes about bullying and the dynamics of bullying, he has written several clear chapters about how people can be empowered. Educators, parents and spectators have been provided with checklists of bullying behavior and ways to help end it.

One of my favorite parts in this book was when Nick Dubin related a boyhood incident wherein two peers hounded and harassed him and tricked him into being locked into a pair of handcuffs. Luckily, his father caught the bullies in the act and got Nick to tell him what was really going on. When the bullies came by Nick's home shortly after the incident, Nick's father made it clear that he was not taken in by their blandishments and cock and bull story; he defended Nick and made it plain that he would not tolerate kids mistreating his son. You can respect him. I love the way he defended Nick and did not let himself be conned and beguiled by Other People's Children. Sadly, in the case of children on the autism spectrum, peers are not the treat adults often hype them to be. Many children with autism view peers as threats and will understandably go to great lengths to avoid them. Only a masochist would want to endure abuse and sadly many children with autism suffer it on a routine daily basis. Peers are generally the chief offenders.

Nick illustrates excellent examples of this by citing several glaring incidents from his own boyhood.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Walton on November 27, 2007
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Bullying (which includes both verbal and physical harassment) is an extremely serious problem in our schools today. A large percentage of adolescent and teenage suicides are directly and primarily attributable to bullying. Most of the widely reported school shootings were also at least partly acts of revenge against bullying. Unfortunately, most parents and school administrators simply do not understand the scope of the problem. This is largely due to the perception that teasing and bullying are a "normal part of growing up." All too often, the problem is dismissed by well-meaning school administrators that remember being victims of some teasing and bullying in their own childhoods and who think that the victims should just "get over it".

While it is true that everyone experiences a certain amount of bullying, there are many children in our schools for whom bullying is not just an occasional incident to be shrugged off. For most students with Asperger syndrome, bullying is pervasive, constant, and inescapable. They usually lack the pragmatic language skills to effectively use "comebacks" to respond to teasing, they lack the motor skills to fight back if the harassment turns physical, and they usually have few (if any) friends available to provide emotional support afterwards. Add to that the fact that persons with autism have a biologically based difficulty in dealing with frustration and you have a recipe for disaster.

Nick Dubin shows a rare understanding of the severity and nature of the problem from the standpoint of a former victim. He does a masterful job of explaining why persons with Asperger syndrome (and other forms of autism) are extremely vulnerable to bullying. He also offers a wealth of practical suggestions to combat this problem in our schools.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Moore on November 2, 2007
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As a parent dealing with a fairly new diagnosis, this book went beyond the title. Finally Asperger's has been explained in a way that allows me to grasp what it is like for my son. I also discovered how even we as adoring parents have unintentionally bullied him. This is a crucial read for parents, teachers and school administration. I strongly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Athur E. Nonimus on July 14, 2008
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Having been bullied most of my life in and out of school I just learned to live with it. It was only when, like the author, I was diagnosed in adulthood with AS that the pieces of my life began to come together. However one thing still troubled me, why was I subjected to such harsh treatment? That was up until I read this book.

This book, written in a style of a informative manual for professionals such as teachers, clearly spells out why people on the spectrum are subjected to bullying and harassment on a daily basis in the torturous prison that is our schools. The author has dedicated a chapter to some of his own experiences and uses these and the stories of others on the spectrum to plainly illustrate his points. However unlike some other books on the subject that I have read he also backs up these points with numerous references to other studies, books and other AS authorities.

I am not saying that this book is without its flaws. For one many of the strategies suggested for use by the teachers and the victims themselves will have in one form or other been tried and have often failed due in part to the fact that some bullies actively look for a chink in the armour, once it is found the whole cycle begins again. Also the book is very thin for the subject matter and while this is good in stopping the reader getting bored it does very little when you are trying to find really good in-depth material on the subject.

Having said that, this book gives a rock solid foundation for parents, victims and teachers to build on and create a better strategy for dealing with bullying of people on the spectrum and those who are not.
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