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

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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

Book Description

Simple, fun book looking at the emotions that arise when you have a brother with AS!

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)
  • Publication Date: 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: #1,117,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Avery on November 28, 2007
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Barie on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By roman sierra on 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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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 anyone can follow. I have no reasons to dislike the book or any constructive criticism.
I would recommend it to parents who have a aspie child and a neurotypical child so the children can have better relationships with each other, schools to teach children understanding of neurotypical views and also aspergers views, therapists to help with their clients/patients.
Overall, I think anyone who works in the autism/aspergers/special needs field or just any general person who wants to understand must read this book.

I want to finish my review in congratulating Sam Frender and Robin Schiffmiller on a remarkable book. Well done to the both of you. I hope this book is a success
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By WendyKat on June 15, 2015
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This was an excellent book. I have a 7-year-old struggling with his older brother's ASD, and how his brother gets so much more attention, and praise for (what he considers) to be nothing. When I first brought this book to him and said we should read it together, he was ambivalent. But after just one night, he started bringing the book to ME to be read - and he brought it to school to show all his friends. He was able to relate to so many of the things in this book and I think it really made him feel less alone. Obviously, since ASD manifests differently with different people, there were some things that our family didn't deal with, but a lot of it hit home. Highly recommended for a "normal" kid whose older sibling has ASD challenges.
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By ndcookie on February 8, 2015
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I bought this book for my granddaughter who has a brother with Asperger’s. She has been struggling with her emotions/behavior lately. She is six years old and beginning to see that her brother is different and there are different expectations for her. This book has been well received by her and she has verbalized some of her feelings as we cover each chapter. She can identify with the younger brother and she seems relieved to realize that other children have emotions like her.
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By Jennifer A. Miller on August 11, 2013
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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! I have found it very helpful for families and siblings of children with other diagnoses besides Asperger's, too (for example FAS, Epilepsy, Bipolar, even ADHD). There are a lot of feelings they can relate to of being the "healthy", "normal" one in the family. I highly recommend it.
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By TS1920 on 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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