From Library Journal
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 BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved