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Growing Up on the Spectrum: A Guide to Life, Love, and Learning for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Asperger's Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 19, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (March 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670020672
  • ASIN: B002IKLO50
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Autism is now the most commonly diagnosed developmental disability, with one in 150 children falling somewhere within the spectrum. Koegel, a psychologist and LaZebnik, the mother of an autistic son, follow up Overcoming Autism with an expert-cum-parent perspective plus the contribution (and pencil drawings) of LaZebnik's 15-year-old son, Andrew. The first of six sections reviews terms, techniques and interventions essential to understanding and managing life with autism. The following sections focus on making and keeping friendships; dating, sex and romance; successful school experience; life beyond high school and college; and improving daily life. Each chapter features real-life narratives from the LaZebniks and Koegel; lists of practices and prompts; FAQs; anecdotes about kids and issues like distinguishing between private and public behavior or how parents can supervise from a distance; a making it work for your kid section; and sample dialogues for teaching and communication. Some of the suggestions, for example, for dealing with bullies, carrying on a meaningful conversation and developing good manners, are so good they ought to be taught to every middle and high schooler, autistic or not. This book shows parents how their autistic kids can function and thrive with dignity, self-respect and autonomy, something many parents never believed possible. (Mar.)
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Review

“Verdict: A comprehensive and accessible guide designed to help parents and educators help teens with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) successfully navigate high school, college, and beyond. Highly recommended for public libraries.”
— Library Journal

Background: In their second collaboration (after Overcoming Autism), Koegel (cofounder & clinical supervisor, Koegel Autism Research & Training Ctr., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara) and LaZebnik, parent of a child with autism, offer chapters addressing friendship, dating, school, employment, and hygiene. Koegel presents strategies to assist teens in mastering skills; LaZebnikÂ’s son and other young adults on the spectrum offer their unique insights. The introduction provides a course on various terms, interventions, and techniques.
—Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., KS

Autism is now the most commonly diagnosed developmental disability, with one in 150 children falling somewhere with the “spectrum.” Koegel, a psychologist and LaZebnik, the mother of an autistic son, follow up Overcoming Autism with an expert-cum-parent perspective plus the contribution (and pencil drawings) of LaZebnik’s 15-year-old son, Andrew. The first of six sections reviews terms, techniques and interventions essential to understanding and managing life with autism. The following sections focus on making and keeping friendships; dating, sex and romance; successful school experience; life beyond high school and college; improving daily life. Each chapter features real-life narratives from the LaZebniks and Koegel; lists of practices and prompts; FAQs; anecdotes about kids and issues like distinguishing between private and public behavior or how parents can supervise from a distance; a “making it work for your kid” section; and sample dialogues for teaching and communication. Some of the suggestions, for example, for dealing with bullies, carrying on a meaningful conversation and developing good manners, are so good they ought to be taught to every middle and high schooler, autistic or not. This book shows parents how their autistic kids can function and thrive with dignity, self-respect and autonomy, something many parents never believed possible.
—Publisher’s Weekly

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I highly recommend this book to parents, professionals and teachers.
S. arntzen
There are many books for young children on the spectrum and very little with good current info for teenagers and young adults.
kathy c
This book helps you become aware of situations that your child will encounter like puberty, bullying, socializing,and ect.
Juliet

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kathy c on August 22, 2010
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There are many books for young children on the spectrum and very little with good current info for teenagers and young adults. Great new ideas for socialization, driving, and school, and at the same time reassuring that other parents are experiencing some of the same "normal" behaviors, like wanting to be alone and independent, with their special teen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By luckygirl on May 24, 2011
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I ordered this and like it but quickly became overwhelmed by all the information and suggestions in it. It made me realize how much I need to work on to help my adult son continue improving his social skills. I had to prioritize and put the ideas into steps as to what we needed to work on first, in order to help his conversational skills. Simple things such as nodding your head while someone else is speaking, making a comment related to the topic of conversation, etc. have to be worked on until he is able to do them and move on to the next goal.
It's a good book, but just made me realize all the work that lays ahead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mlmom on May 13, 2011
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This book is an excellent resource and guide for parents with children on the spectrum. As a parent of a child with Autism, I appreciate the factual/clinical approach that Dr. Koegel provides as well as the parent/mom approach from Claire LaZebnik. The book is well written and easy to read. I love that there are examples and stories from a variety of age groups and needs. I like that you can skip around the book to focus on specific areas and topics without missing anything. I highly recommend this book for all parents with a child on the spectrum.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Juliet on July 14, 2010
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This is a must have book for someone who has a teenager that is autistic. I wish I had gotten this book when my son was in 6th grade. This book helps you become aware of situations that your child will encounter like puberty, bullying, socializing,and ect. It will also give you suggestions on how to handle certain situations. There is alot of information in this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. arntzen on March 21, 2009
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This is an amazing book with real helpful suggestions for both parents and professionals. It is insightful, powerful and much needed in the community. I highly recommend this book to parents, professionals and teachers.
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