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Brotherly Feelings: Me, My Emotions, and My Brother with Asperger's Syndrome [Kindle Edition]

Sam Frender , Robin Schiffmiller , Dennis Dittrich
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Book Description

It isn't easy being eight years old and having an older brother who other children often misunderstand. They don't realize that when he doesn't laugh at their jokes it's because he doesn't understand them. They don't know that when he doesn't speak to them or look at them it's because he doesn't know what to say or how to make eye contact. They don't realize that he behaves this way because he has something called Asperger's Syndrome. Sam knows that his brother Eric is different from him because his brain works differently. So, when the other children bully Eric, it makes Sam feel protective of him. But sometimes, when Eric behaves oddly, Sam feels embarrassed too. Sometimes, when Eric gets lots of attention, it makes Sam feel resentful - then, when he considers that Eric needs a lot of help and attention, it makes Sam feel guilty for feeling resentful. There are so many different feelings Sam experiences! "Brotherly Feelings" explores the emotions that siblings of children with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) commonly experience. With illustrations throughout, this book will help siblings to understand that their emotional responses - whatever they are - are natural and OK.It is the ideal book for parents and professionals to use with siblings to discuss their emotional experiences, and will also help children with AS to form an understanding of the feelings of other family members.

Editorial Reviews


'Brotherly Feelings explores the emotions that siblings of children with Asperger's Syndrome commonly experience. An excellent book for play specialists working with children and young people on the autistic spectrum which could be used as an aid to explaining Asperger's Syndrome and/or to encourage siblings to express and explore their emotions.'- The Journal of the National Association of Hospital Play Staff'Sam loves Eric and can't imagine life without him, but sometimes living with him can be difficult, because Eric has Asperger Syndrome. Trying to make sense of the complicated feelings he has about Eric, Sam has written Brotherly Feelings: Me, My Emotions and My Brother with Asperger's Syndrome. Sam describes the loving but resentful emotions he experiences and talks about the effect of Eric's Asperger on his own life. Brothers and sisters of children with special needs can often feel neglected and lonely. Sam hopes that others in similar situations will read the book and be comforted, as sharing his own conflicting feelings has helped him.'- Mychild'The book is written by eight year old Sam, whose older brother has Asperger's. Sam says exactly how it is being the sibling - the good and the bad bits. He tells it how it really is - a breath of fresh air!'- National Chilminding Association'It's good to see a book about how Asperger's affects the family. Siblings are often forgotten because of the needs of the child with Asperger's. Sam makes this point in the book and shows how he copes with this.'- National Childminding Association `It's really easy to read, with wonderful line drawings to illustrate the points. The artist is fantastic and captures the different emotions wonderfully. Sam is so honest about his feelings, which may make you sad, but also makes you laugh, describing what Eric gets up to. He shows that Eric may be different but he's very much part of the family, and makes a positive contribution to family life.'- National Childminding Association'When I was asked to write a review for this book, my mom wanted to make sure that I did indeed readt the entire book. My response to her. "I am the book!" Brotherly Feelings perfectly describes what my life is like, having a brother with Asperger's Syndrome. Sam and his mon wrote this book so other kids would know what it feels like to live with a brother or sister who has Asperger's Syndrome. The authors do a great job describing all the mixed feelings that come along with having to identify their feelings, positive and negative, and offers some suggestions on how to learn how to cope with these emotions. What I like best about Brotherly Feelings, is that it made me realize that not all my feelings about my brother are negative and that even though he can be a real pain in the butt sometimes, we do have a good relationship, and I love him just the way he is. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know what it feels like to have a brother or sister on the autism spectrum. You don't have to be a sibling in order to read this book. My grandmother read it and she found it to be very helpful in understanding about Asperger's Syndrome. She said it even helped her to better understand what my family experiences.'- Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association On the Spectrum Newsletter

About the Author

Sam Frender is eight years old. He is in second grade. He lives in North Carolina with his parents, his older brother, Eric, who has Asperger's Syndrome and his two cats. His hobbies are listening to music, telling jokes, playing with Lego and reading. He is very interested in math, science and art. When he grows up, he would like a career that will enable him to help people. Robin Schiffmiller is Eric and Sam's mother. She founded a Sibling Support Group for children with siblings on the Autism Spectrum, and is the Director of Sibling Support for a local chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1280 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 184310850X
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (February 15, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TU0X5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brotherly Feelings November 28, 2007
Excellent book. Our family related to this well. My 10 yr old son loved it and realized he wasn't alone in his "adventure" with his 16 yr old brother w/ AS. Very easy reading. He read it all in the first day. Wonderful!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better then expected May 31, 2011
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After buying and wasting a lot of money on similar books/DVD's that were not worth 1/3 of the money...THIS book is refreshing. I am amazed how accurate this is and how easy it is to pick and choose where to start. I have an 11 year old with Aspergers and an 8 year old who just doesn't understand his brother.

I picked a few sections of the book to start with so that my younger son could identify with things and not get bored or annoyed and it worked beautifully. We have tried explaining his brothers actions so many times and finally feel like we have the proper tools with this book. This puts things a way that he can understand and identify with. It's not babyish nor is it too mature. I would use it (and maybe modify for the really young) for ages 5-15+. My son with Aspergers even loved it and copied a few sections as a cheat sheet so he knows how to explain some things. I highly, highly recommend this book!!! And I don't recommend so easily!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My some liked this book January 10, 2014
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My son liked the story, he can relate to his younger brother with autism. Therefore I ask him questions about the story and what he learned about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for! May 13, 2014
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This book offered the validation I needed to address my son's obstacles with his sister (4 years older than him), and his brother (13 months younger than him). I have read it multiple times, and each time I feel reassured that we are on the correct path.
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This book covers all the feelings a sibling feels. It deserves five stars! One of my twin 8-year-old grandsons has autism and his brother shows and experiences some if not all of the things discussed in this book. I like the way the issues involving the sibling are presented and the information provided for the parents and child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we were looking for February 2, 2014
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We wanted something to help guide a discussion with our child about living with his Aspie sibling. This book was perfect. The various topics were appropriate and easy for a young child to identify with. Having both kids talk to each other about the book was also helpful. And, it pointed out a few things for me as a parent, like the pressure my neurotypical child may feel to be perfect to overcompensate for his sibling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good choice December 15, 2013
By lady g
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Bought it to use with a client. She felt it was perfect for her family. She felt it reflected what was happening in her home.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Sam
Thank you Sam for letting me know that I'm not the only one with a sibling that has Asperger's Syndrome. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Josie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done, cover all the bases
Teaching children to identify and express their feeling is so important. This little book is a great tool for helping the sibling of a child who has behavioral issues whether it's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BuyBoo
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Book!
A GREAT book for a sibling to understand Asberger's and try to help them become more sensitive to there needs.
Published 12 months ago by Kimikatz4
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I have been using this book for years in therapy with children with special needs, but had to re-purchase it when my colleague left and took it with her! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jennifer A. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Brotherly feelings: Me,My Emotions, and My Brother With Asperger's...
This book was an excellent read. I enjoyed it a great deal.
The reason I gave this rating is because it was easy to understand, well written, use of language was used so... Read more
Published 18 months ago by K. Sutcliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful read.
This book gives a very helpful insight into what it must be like for a sibling (and his parents) living with someone with Asperger's.
Published 19 months ago by Jennywren
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wy to share with brothers
This book was great to share with our son's 3 younger brothers so that the understand why he is the way he is and how to help them deal with it, thanks for writing it!
Published 20 months ago by michael pawlowski
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