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Pyles here relates her experience raising a son with Asperger Syndrome and her struggles to navigate "the system" in three different countries to get help for her son. Much of the author's journey occurred before Asperger Syndrome was an "official" diagnosis according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Even now, few education and healthcare professionals have a clear understanding of this high-functioning form of autism. This is a been-there-done-that manual for parents helping their Asperger children when the system fails them. But because it focuses primarily on the author's son and what works for him, it may be too narrow for some readers. A broader range of parents' perspectives are presented in Patricia Romanowski Bashe and Barbara L. Kirby's The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome (LJ 9/1/01). Growing awareness of the syndrome by the professional community has led to an increase in diagnoses, so librarians may be getting more requests for books on this subject. These two guides complement each other well, but libraries limited to purchasing one would be better off with The OASIS Guide. KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Eatonville, WA
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Pyles, whose son has Asperger syndrome, offers an emotional and resourceful parent's perspective on this pervasive development disorder, which is similar to autism. At the time of her son's diagnosis, the name Asperger syndrome hadn't even been coined, and there were no Web sites and support groups. In addition, she coped with school and medical systems in three countries--the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Australia--giving her an international perspective on how the disorder is treated. Among the more prevalent symptoms are social awkwardness, poor communication skills, and a lack of imagination that may cause a child to interpret speech too literally. Through her family's experience with the syndrome, Pyles was able to piece together tactics, from homeschooling to changes in diet and nutrition, to help her son cope and develop a normal life. Pyles offers practical ideas on how to calm children and help them deal with academic and social demands. The book includes diagnostic criteria and a wide variety of helpful resources. An inspiring, resourceful look at a little-understood disorder. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853029378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853029370
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Allison Brenneise on July 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book. I have read many books on autism and asperger syndrome in my "career" as a parent of two children with both diagnoses. I found that this book was especially warm, and easy to read, with a lot of practical knowledge from someone who has walked in my shoes!
I really appreciated the authors writing style, it was really inviting, taking me through the family's experience, without it being clinical at all. Lise made one statement that has resinated with me to this day and while I am not looking directly at the book to quote it exactly, it was about how at some point your child is going to need something and you are going to be completely on your own and for whatever moment, however long, you alone will be the one who has to provide it. This book is an excellent resource in how to meet some of those needs when you are alone and have to provide and need an idea. Lise has done an excellent job of providing many ideas in multiple subject areas throughout her book.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I think it is an excellent find for both readers of people newly diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and people who have "been around" for a while too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Mandell on November 29, 2001
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I have "known" Lise Pyles for four years from an email
group of AS parents and folks on the autism spectrum.
Her insights and knowledge of her son has always been
on target for me. I look forward to every post she writes the
email group. As I know, I will gleam some new insight. She
adds humor and a depth of understanding AS in her stories living with a child on the spectrum.
Her son John, now 17 is a remarkable example of how
far a person with AS can go in life with proper supports
and parents that educate themselves and guide their child
with understanding and acceptance.
I only pray my son becomes as self reliant as John is.
Lise is up to date in her thoughts on ASD(autism spectrum disorders) Her information on diets, homeschooling, resources
are well researched and thought out.
Her experience is global. Their family has lived in the UK,
Australia and the US.
This book is more than just one moms experience, it is EVERY MOMS
of an AS child's guidance in "HOW TO deal with AS in the ev ery
day life of our precious children.
If I could meet anybody in the world, from my list
of over 1,000 parents to pick their brains on parenting an AS
child, it would be LISE PYLES......
Her book is a success story and John you are TRULY blessed .
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judy Minall on November 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'll keep it brief. My husband is 70 and we have only just recently found a name for what has troubled him for 70 years. The "why don't I fit - the anger, frustration and anxiety". I knew something wasn't quite right for some time. We discovered that Food Combining helped. I wrote a small article but never got it published. Like Lisa I believe our family may have had slight Asperegers Syndrome - some symptoms were there and some not. But my husband is a classic and yet none of the doctors or pschologists ever came up with any suggestion that this has been his problem. I wonder how many other adults are battling through their illness and psychological problems today that could be helped if only THEY ( the medical profession)would wake up. It seems that the biggest problem is that even they can't agree. A recent documentary on ABC Television hosted by George Negus pointed this out. OK - it's a problem for kids - does anyone have any idea what it's like being 70 and trying to get some help? (I'm told it's too late). A recent interview with yet another psychiatrist received the comment - "Oh, he couldn't have it now - there would have been signs and he would have come in contact with someone for help. He couldn't have had a life without help". Somewhat stuneed I remined him that when my husband was a child the only help he got was canings especially for bad handwriting and frequent hidings from his parents (probably for not listening). When he tried hypnosis the psychologist said that he couln't get him past a block because he had been traumatised. It wasn't until we watched the movie "Shine" that my husband revealed that his parents had treated him like that.Yeah - some help. Can you imagine his hang-ups? How many more adults are there who received this kind of help? I wish that someone would research what happens to older Asperegers Syndrome sufferes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2001
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This is one of the best books I have ever read on Asperger's Syndrome. It explores virtually every variable related to the syndrome in a warm and human way and the result is a masterpiece of information and support.
I am so happy this book is available. I'll have to get another one soon, as the one I now have is getting too worn-out from all the highlighting and page turning it's received.
Lee- mom to an AS daughter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2002
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This is the most helpful book I have read so far on Asperger's. My son was recently diagnosed and tested and we have so many questions and concerns and this book has helped answer many of them.
She covers about every possible aspect of daily life of a family dealing with this disorder.
I HIGHLY recommend this book. Thank you, Lise Pyles, for writing such a helpful guide for parents.
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