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Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding, and Teaching Children with Asperger's Syndrome Paperback – May 15, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1849059022 ISBN-10: 1849059020 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849059020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849059022
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer Cook O'Toole provides a unique insider's look into Asperger syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.

This book is full of original and effective methods for engaging with children with Asperger syndrome. The author discusses theory of mind, the necessity for concrete forms of communication, and ways to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. In particular she explores the untapped power of special interests, explaining 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 and professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.

From the Author

Asperkids is about living on the "awesome" side of Asperger Syndrome...about unlocking the precious, precocious potential of Asperkids through respectful teaching, parenting and FUN.

More About the Author

Jennifer Cook O'Toole is bubbly and spirited -- exactly the opposite of what many people think of when they hear the word, "Aspergers," but her expertise (and the strong personal endorsements of greats like Drs. Temple Grandin and Liane Holliday Willey) proves she's the real deal.

She is the winner of the 2014 ASA Book of the Year Award, the 2012 Temple Grandin Award, a recipient of GRASP's 2012 Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, and many more. TV actress/Activist Holly Robinson Peete even listed Jennifer among her "Autism Parent Superstars." Most recently, she has been added to the "Who's Who" list of International Aspie Mentors -- along with Temple Grandin, Stephen Shore, Liane Holliday Willey and Anita Lesko - to contribute to Dr. Tony Attwood's "Been There. Done That. Try This." anthology. But it's Jennifer's unique "have a cup of coffee with me" conversationalist presentation of useful insights which has touched hearts, lightened spirits and even led to the founding of Asperkids, LLC, a multi-media social education company.

O'Toole was diagnosed as an Aspie in adulthood, is the mother of three Asperkids, the wife of an Aspie, an award-winning Special Educator and five-time author of internationally best-selling "Asperkids" series (www.Asperkids.com/books):
1 - Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding & Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome
2- The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidlelines for Tweens, Teens AND Adults
3 - The Asperkid's Launch Pad: Home Design to Empower Everyday Superheroes
4 - The Asperkid's Not-Your-Average Coloring Book
5 - The Asperkid's Game Plan: Extraordinary Minds, Purposeful Play...Ordinary Stuff

ALL OF HER BOOKS ARE AMAZON BESTSELLERS (including a #1), Multi-award winners....and they manage to make big stuff FUNNY, too.

In November 2012, O'Toole was appointed to The Global Montessori Alliance, a core group of international educational leaders creating a formal Aspergers educators' curriculum for the North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) and the American Montessori Society (AMS). She is the spokesperson for Autism Brainstorm, where she is also a member of the "Panel of Experts" and the voice of "The Spectrum of Montessori," Dr. Shore's educational consortium.
O'Toole has been featured by the BBC World Service and "The Guardian," the United Kingdom's most widely-circulated newspaper. Her energetic humor has delighted and informed radio audiences on National Public Radio, "It's Your Health," Autism Empowerment Radio, the Special Needs Network and others.

She speaks domestically and internationally, keynoting in October 2012 for the United Kingdom's National Autistic Society and Ireland's SHINE Charity. Jennifer has appeared on television shows in the USA, England and Ireland, is a new recurring columnist in "Autism Asperger's Digest," an international spokesperson for third-world autism education efforts, and has written for magazines from from Autism Spectrum Quarterly in the USA to "Special" Magazine in the United Kingdom.

O'Toole graduated with honors from Brown University and has since studied at the Graduate School of Social Work at Columbia University and Graduate School of Education at Queens University. Subsequent initiatives with young people garnered her an invitation to serve on North Carolina's Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence, and a nomination for Disney's American Teacher of the Year Award in her first year of teaching.

With a background in advocacy and education, O'Toole found herself "walking the special needs walk," as she struggled to achieve a diagnosis for her first child, whose early life presented one medical challenge upon another. But it was O'Toole's "Aspie" hyper-focus on otherwise seemingly disconnect details that doctors agree saved the child's life, and led to her service on the Levine Children's Hospital's Family Advocacy Council. Since that time, all three of her young children have been identified as "Aspies," as has her husband -- and eventually, O'Toole herself.

Uniquely prepared in social work, education and by her own Asperger's, she was encouraged to document her unique teaching strategies, parenting perspectives and Aspie insight in her upcoming books, and has since won some of the world's most coveted prizes for the outstanding contributions she has made to the lives and families of "Asperkids" the world over

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The author's writing style, and engaging humor and honesty, make this book an essential read for any parent of an Asperkid.
D. Kennedy
I shared many insights from the book - both humorous and poignant - with my Asperkid and we were able to connect together on an even deeper level.
Amy
As a teacher, this book has truly given me tremendous insight that will impact the way I reach and teach children both on and off the spectrum.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on May 16, 2012
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If you are looking for a great resource on Aspergers, this is the book to read. It's written in such a way that you feel almost like you are sitting with Mrs. Cook O'Toole. She answers the questions most parents with a newly diagnosed child ask in a way that is easy to understand and relatable. (Especially if you are a "neurotypical" parent to an Aspie) For me personally, I found the advice, suggestions, hints, and insight to be a breath of fresh air. It was nice to have this topic covered in a way that wasn't so impersonal and clinical as other books I've read on the topic. Also, being that the author is an Aspie, herself, gave her credibility in a way I haven't felt for other authors on the topic.

I also recommend this book if you have a child with any hyper-focusing issues such as ADD/ADHD, hyper-anxiety, OCD, etc as I've found a lot of the suggestions in this book can be very helpful for kids and parents (teachers, caregivers, counselors, doctors, the list can go on and on here) as well. I've seen my son have more "aha!" moments and less frustration ever since putting some of the suggested techniques into effect at home. Even his neurotypical sister is trying to emulate them which I think will help them have a closer relationship as the grow.

I highly recommend reading Asperkids.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark West on May 9, 2012
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This book is a comfort and a source of strength for those who love children on the spectrum. Jennifer O'Toole gives NT parents an insider's view of what it's really like to be an Aspie or person with Autism. Her style is loving, yet funny and endearing. This book is a must-read for any parent who loves someone on the spectrum. It is enlightening, affirming and an accessible guide to help us out on this journey. Amazing work! Thank you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Evans on November 16, 2013
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This was actually a good book for an educator to read, but it was not what I was looking for. My son has not been diagnosed but I suspect that he has Asperger's. However, he has never had any issues with learning and this book is generally about teaching children with Asperger's. I needed more information on how to help him relate socially and how to show him that at eleven he should know how to tie his shoes, or wipe his face when it has chocolate on it. He just doesn't care about these things, but I think they can be one of the many things alienating him socially, but these sorts of things are not addressed in this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By hgoldstein on May 21, 2012
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Jennifer O'Toole's book provides real inspiration for parents and teachers. This is a hands-on resource that is a source of comfort, but it is also a helpful educational aid. As a teacher, I appreciated all the great classroom ideas, in addition to the many recommended resources, like websites, books and educational supply companies that were new to me.
O'Toole's book provides an intimate view of the Aspie experience from one who really knows because she experiences it first-hand every day. This is her life, her husband's life, and the life of her family. Therefore, her book provides the reader with concrete suggestions that can enrich the life of any Aspie.
O'Toole not only shares her intelligence and creativity, but she also provides a role model of a person sensitively dealing with her own diagnosis and that of her children.
This is an impressive debut of an author we will hopefully hear more from.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori Schiffer on May 6, 2012
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The book is well-written, insightful and empowering. Jennifer 's unique perspective and thoughtful/creative ideas make it a must-read for anyone interested in effectively communicating with (and teaching) kids on the spectrum.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Lynch on May 9, 2012
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Unarguably, this book is an invaluable tool for anyone with an Aspie in their lives but it's also a great resource for someone looking for new ways to reach both neurotypicals (NT's) and those on the Autism Spectrum. O'Toole's unique perspective inspires out-of-the-box thinking for her readers and provides an excellent list of resources for parents and educators of children with a range of abilities. Best of all, the material is presented in an engaging manner, making it a joy to read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2012
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Imagine a mass of energy with flaming red hair and Irish passion for whatever occupies her attention at the moment. That's Jennifer O'Toole. Now imagine all that energy and passion directed to understanding this thing we call Asperger's, to being one, to being a parent as one, and to understanding children who are thus blessed, and finally how to navigate all that. That is _Asperkids_. Her writing style is at once richly informative and easily accessible, kind to the reader. She shares not only insights about Aspies, but the unique kind of insights that only Aspies can generate about themselves and others. Still, the most apt description of this book is its subtitle. It is indeed an insider's experience, perception, and understanding. It is about teaching as well. But as she has ordered the description in that subtitle, it is first and foremost about a deep compassion for these kids. And don't let her fool you. Here's an inside secret about the book: It's not just about kids. *wink*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy on May 13, 2013
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Since my son was a toddler, I have worked hard to understand him and be able to connect with him on a level that worked for us. As a result, at 12 years old, we have a great parent-son and teacher-student relationship. Over the years, in an attempt to be the best parent I could to my Aspie, I have read as many books on Asperger's Syndrome as I could get my hands on. Some made me confused, some made me bored, some gave me insight and some made me angry. It wasn't until I read Jennifer Cook O'Toole's book, Asperkids, that I was fully able to truly understand my son. Throughout the book, I laughed, cried with understanding and joy, scribbled notes furiously, and rested in the comfort of knowing that I wasn't alone. I shared many insights from the book - both humorous and poignant - with my Asperkid and we were able to connect together on an even deeper level.
Thank you so much, Jennifer, for writing this book! I share it with everyone who interacts with my son, and those who are journeying through this diagnosis as well. My wish is that every teacher would read this book so that they may better understand the aspies, known and unknown, in their classrooms.
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