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Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family [Paperback]

Jude Welton
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Book Description

September 15, 2003 1843102064 978-1843102069 1
Meet Adam - a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. In this book, Adam helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS; he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

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'This little gem of a book is intended to be shared by parents or a child with Asperger's Syndrome with friends, family and school professionals and peers so that they may understand asperger Syndrome. [It] could be a very effective tool in establishing understanding and a circle of friends for a child with Asperger's syndrome aged 6-12. It includes simple but charming illustrations by artist, Jane Telford, and an excellent list of resources at the end of the book. This book packs a lot of wisdom and information into a small package.' ---Autism Coach Website

'This is a brief book written to explain Asperger Syndrome, both to classmates and individuals on the spectrum ... It is sufficiently brief for a young audience, but also gives good, specific examples.' ---The MAAP

'Jude Welton gives the young child with Asperger's the power of his own voice in explaining himself to his friends. Her calm and deceptively simple approach is complemented by Jane Telford's reassuringly everyday pictures. Parents have needed this book for a very long time.' - --Elizabeth Newson, Early Years Diagnostic Centre

'This is a brief book written to explain Asperger Syndrome, both to classmates and individuals on the spectrum ... It is sufficiently brief for a young audience, but also gives good, specific examples.' ---The MAAP

'Jude Welton gives the young child with Asperger's the power of his own voice in explaining himself to his friends. Her calm and deceptively simple approach is complemented by Jane Telford's reassuringly everyday pictures. Parents have needed this book for a very long time.' --- Elizabeth Newson, Early Years Diagnostic Centre

Book Description

Meet Adam - a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective.

Product Details

  • Series: Can I Tell You About...?
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843102064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843102069
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of Clarity December 23, 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Adam is a 9-year-old boy who has Asperger's Syndrome (AS). AS is a neurobiological condition that is on the autism spectrum. People who have AS confront any number of sensory processing and communication issues. Adam gives good, factual explanations for how and why people with AS run into social road blocks. The best part of this book is that Adam appears to accept himself and the AS part of himself. That is what makes this book so outstanding.

This book will no doubt prove helpful to adults on the spectrum in helping to approach the subject of being on the a/A (autism/Asperger's) spectrum with NT (neurotypical) relatives, co-workers and other peers. It is a wonderful introduction to a/A and bridges the chasm between a/A and the NT population. It brings all readers onto neuro-neutral ground.

How I wish I had had this book when I was Adam's age. How lucky Adam is to know what his "undefined differences" were at a young age! This book is definitely worth reading and I can't recommend it highly enough. It will help remove those road blocks that people on the a/A spectrum confront on a routine daily basis.

Please read this and share it with somebody. You will be so glad that you did.
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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend! June 5, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book was found during my search for information that would assist our 13 year old AS (Asperger Syndrome) son to socialize with his peers. It proved to exceed my expectations and if I could give this book a 10 stars rating I would.

When my son read this book it was like a "light bulb" went off for him. It helped give him a clarity that I found difficult to explain. My only regret is that I did not have this book several years ago. It would have been extremely helpful to share with teachers and compassionate classmates during 4th or 5th grade when socializing was becoming an interest but he just wasn't succesful and other kids did not understand (or tolerate) his differences. But... better late than never.

One of the main things that I didn't count on was that this book also gave our son insight on how his classmates might react to him and how his misunderstanding of social cues and inuendos might make his classmates think he is unfriendly. It opened his eyes to the fact that he also has to be considerate of others and that friendship goes both ways.

Best of all, our son went through every page of the book and highlighted the areas that he felt described him. I now have a tool to share with others when attempting to describe how our son handles certain situations. It also gives me insight on specific areas that he still needs assistance with.

Thanks for such a great book. A must read for parents with AS or HFA (High Functioning Autism) kids as young as 6/7 years old.

Laurie
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to AS August 29, 2006
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My 7 yr old son has recently been diagnosed with AS. Reading this book opened a lot of eyes to the reason why he does some of the things he does. He chose to share it with his classmates. The teacher read it to the class, to hopefully give them some insight into why my boy is just a little different than the typical 2nd grader. I loved the approach of this book. It portrays the image that different is not a bad thing it is just different.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book along with "Asperger's Huh?" shortly after my son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. While "Asperger's Huh?" was a huge disappointment (especially considering the cost) "Can I Tell You About Asperger's?" is a FABULOUS book!

I was worried that my son would find this book beneath him because of the very simple language (he hated the "Asperger's Huh?" book for this reason) but he loved it. He said it did an excellent job of explaining his "problem" to him and it doesn't upset him so much anymore.

We have shared this book with everyone in our family. Its a quick read, 15-20 minutes tops for slow readers, and everyone just raves about how wonderful the book is. The "Tips for Teachers" section is also very helpful and I plan to purchase more of these books to give to my son's teachers each school year.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book July 6, 2006
Format:Paperback
I ordered this along with another book to read with my 8 (almost 9) year old daughter who was recently diagnosed with AS. This book, written from a nine year old boy's point of view, gives a good look into what an AS child goes through. In addition, it also gives simple examples on how to make frustrating things a little easier for the AS child to deal with. I am having my entire family read it. I definitely recommend it if you have a child recently diagnosed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for Explaining AS! July 25, 2007
By Tracey
Format:Paperback
I love this book. It was an incredibly useful tool when I spoke to my son's class about Asperger's. It is easy-to-read and simplifies this topic for kids to understand, but provides enough information as to be of help for adults. Best of all, the book stresses the incredible value of all individuals, but especially the unique strengths that Aspies possess. I've bought multiple copies to share with teachers, family, Scout leaders, etc. A valuable tool!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Like My Son May 9, 2007
By Tammie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Upon receipt of this book, my Asperger's 10 year old son and I immediately read it together. We were amazed at the similarities between he and the character Adam - the sensory integration issues, the social stigmas, and the exceptional abilities. Adam explains all of the things my son wishes he could.

We shared this book with my son's teacher & principal, who both thought it was appropriate to share with the class. I recommend this book for sharing with classmates as well as relatives and friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Very simple and easy to read. Informative and a good book for a newly diagnosed child who is on the spectrum.
Published 1 month ago by T. Ware
4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight from someone with Asperger's
I was looking for books to loan to family and friends who wanted to know more about my son who is in first grade. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gwenabee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for children with Asperger's
My 11 yr old son really liked this book. He said it was nice to know other kids go through the same things he does. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful!
I bought this guide for my son ...however he's too old and just rolled his eyes. It's definitely for perhaps 12 and younger. I read through it and it's just great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kdmcdani
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect of basic understanding!
Enjoyed that it is a quick read and very informative regarding the basic traits and helps to stimulate a conversation with the aspie.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for the school ages
I think the book is helpful for the primary ages but going to middle high school the dynamic s are different and more complicated. Bravo! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ernesto Rosario
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read
People with Asberger's such as my grandson, are an everyday challenge in many different ways. At any given time, on any particular day, out of no where, you the parent, the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phyl
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to explain Aspergers / High Functioning Autism to kids -...
I have a 24 year old with Aspergers, and an 11 year old with HFA. In addition, I have taught at a CBAT hospital, volunteer with Special Olympics (in a group that includes mostly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kristine A. Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars A short easy to read book that help babysitters, family, and teachers...
We purchased this book as a quick little guide to help babysitters and/or friends to understand what's going with our child without bombarding them with tons of stats, medical... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like my daughter
Very helpful. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for some guidance. I wish I knew about this years ago.
Published 5 months ago by Cari
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