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Natural Genius: The Gifts of Asperger's Syndrome Paperback – January 30, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1843107842 ISBN-10: 1843107848 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843107848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843107842
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,015,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Natural Genius: The Gifts of Asperger's Syndrome is Susan Rubinyi's story of raising her son Ben who has Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and how she has come to view his condition as a blessing. While acknowledging the challenges posed by AS, she emphasizes the extraordinary positives of her son's life and his particular gifts - his photographic memory, perfect pitch and French-English bilingual abilities.

'I would strongly recommend this book for its recognition of the extraordinary potential of individuals who are both different and gifted. Throughout the book there are many insights into a strengths-based approach. Thanks are due to Susan Rubinyi, her son Ben Rubinyi and the family for sharing their life so openly. One is richer for knowing one is not alone and there are many doors of achievement for those with natural genius waiting to be opened and walked through.'- Good Autism Practice'A very positive account by the mother of a young man who has Asperger syndrome of his raising and of how she came to regard his condition as a blessing whole acknowledging the challenges it poses to him and others. Rubinyi advocates a strength based approach to bring up a child with AS.'-The British Institute of Learning Disabilities'Natural Genius: The Gifts of Asperger's Syndrome is Susan Rubinyi's story of raising her son Ben who has Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and how she has come to view his condition as a blessing. While acknowledging the challenges posed by AS, she emphasizes the extraordinary positives of her son's life and his particular gifts - his photographic memory, perfect pitch and French-English bilingual abilities. Her journey with Ben is an enriching and strengthening one of personal transformation. An immensely hopeful and positive book, this should be read by anyone concerned with bringing up a child with Asperger's Syndrome.'- Leicester Review of Books'A scholar of cross-cultural language teaching, women's studies, and science fiction and fantasy, Rubinyi is also the mother of a son with Asperger's Syndrome, and it is the story of raising him that she tells here. She emphasises his particular gifts, including photographic memory, perfect pitch and French-English bilingual abilities. She appends advice for other parents.'- www.booknews.com

About the Author

Susan Rubinyi is the mother of a son who has Asperger's Syndrome. She also has an eclectic background in foreign language, science fiction and music. Fluent in four languages, she has worked extensively in cross-cultural areas such as language teaching, interpreting, translating and writing. She co-edited one of the first feminist science-fiction anthologies, administered a university Women's Studies program, and has written several articles and a book on fantasy and science fiction.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Careful-thinker, Ph.D. on March 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this to be a very honest and engaging account of the challenges involved in raising a young person with Asperger's. Particularly striking was the difficulty of working with the public schools. As well as how to treat what is 'neuroatypical' as a gift. I have nothing but compassion and respect for this Mother who has devotedly helped her son and now all who read this memorable book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on June 25, 2007
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This is one of the best accounts by a parent of a child with Asperger's that I have EVER read! Ben Rubinyi was born on October 14, 1986 when autism/Aspeger's (a/A) spectrum awareness was just taking off. A gifted child whose parents were also blessed with high intellect, Ben was raised in a bilingual household. He was fluent in French and English. He is also a skilled and natural musician with excellent taste - he is a Beatles' and Woody Guthrie fan!

I loved it when author Susan Rubinyi shared how she and Ben loved Bill Staines and found spiritual comfort in his music. I have seen Staines perform and he is truly special.

Ben's early behavior did not sound like severe spectrum behavior from the telling. He was literal in his speech; by the time he started school, he would simply leave to find his father who taught in a nearby building. Educated in French and American schools, the brilliant boy with the flair for languages showed a typical autistic pattern in referring to himself as "tu" (French for 'you') when meaning himself. In some ways, Ben's thinking was described as rigid.

After several years of wrangling and wrestling with the Oregon school district in which he was a student, Ben's mother tried other methods, including home schooling. A gifted music teacher named Dave entered their lives as her marriage was coming to an end and Ben's aides were presenting challenges of their own, including one aide who betrayed the family by acting as a school district "double agent." Dave, also a Beatles' fan introduced Ben to Beatles conventions and it was at the 2001 Beatles convention that Ben got to shine.

Ben's behavior reached crisis proportions in 1998 when he was obsessed with tearing leaves off of trees to "make the seasons go by faster.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary P. Farleigh on June 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a mother of a son with Asperger's I thought this book would be highly informative. Instead I found the mother to be completely self absorbed and I could not relate to her at all. She never discussed the toll her son's condition took on her marriage, the monetary cost of this condition, any therapies she tried for her son and various other topics that all parents of a child with a disability ask themselves. There weren't even any quotes from the child so we could see what was possibly going through his mind. There was nothing uplifting about this book and I was very disappointed.
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