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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 Original edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031255849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312558499
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 2000, educational psychologist Norwall created the Friends' Club, a nonjudgmental, stress-free environment where kids with Asperger's syndrome could learn to communicate effectively, make friends and succeed in social settings. Certain aspects of social awareness—greeting others, asking questions, listening without interruption and looking someone in the eye and smiling—do not come naturally to Asperger's kids, but with guidance, coaching and practice, children can conquer these essential people skills and no longer unintentionally get into trouble because others misunderstand their words or actions. This book, based on Norwall's outreach work, is designed to be a handy, practical guide. Beginning with two chapters of bulleted info and FAQs to explain and identify the signs and symptoms of the condition, it presents 85 Lessons for Decoding Asperger's Children, arranged alphabetically from acceptance, anger and annoying behavior through peer pressure, and even Telling Your Child He Has Asperger's. Each useful, carefully worded entry addresses kids' behaviors and their parents' concerns, gives examples from real situations and offers suggestions for change or, as is often the case, acceptance. Although a dozen or more experts are cited, the book is conversational in tone, full of insights and will help and encourage parents and their Aspie or high-functioning autistic kids alike. (Aug.)
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About the Author

CYNTHIA LA BRIE NORALL, PH.D., is a licensed educational psychologist with a Ph.D. in Education. In 2000, she founded the Friends’ Club, based in Carlsbad, California, where she has helped thousands of Asperger’s kids learn basic social skills. BETH WAGNER BRUST is an award-winning author of 13 children’s books and a graduate of Stanford University. Her teenage son has attended the Friends’ Club since fourth grade.

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This book has a lot of in site, examples and helpful tips.
tiffany c nichols
This is must reading for parents of Aspies who want to help their child; as well as anyone involved in fostering or volunteer work for these kids.
Kent Nelson
I consider this a wealth of helpful information and tips to help any parent with an Asperger's Child.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mom to M, E, A on October 28, 2009
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I am just floored by how great this new book is! I have a shelf full of books on Asperger's and NLD that don't provide in sum the insights and help and peace that this book provides. My 18-year-old son and I are really enjoying reading it together. Two of the book's best attributes are its cheerfulness throughout and the many practical tips regarding Aspie behavior and point of view. As many years as I've spent looking for books that actually help, I intend to make sure other moms know this one is worth the money!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald F. Smith on October 20, 2009
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The format of this book is outstanding!! Indexed by type of behavior with wonderful explainations of what the "aspie" might be experiencing and how to deal with it to help the child ease through it.
very much from the child's point of view. We are grandparents and so wished that we had had the book this summer when the 10 yr old was having such problems during her visit with us. Have sent the book to all the relatives that deal with her and her mother gave copies to her school and her psychologist. Can't recommend this highly enough, the best one we have read so far.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Unkamengifts on October 4, 2009
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This book is well organized by issue so it is very easy to find helpful tips for just the issue that you are dealing with right then. Also good to read from cover to cover! Really dense with tips, hints and examples of things that work...and things that don't.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopper on January 3, 2011
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This is really one of the most helpful and user-friendly books on Asperger's Syndrome I have read. The format is its main strength. It is organized by topic and provides many practical suggestions for addressing and understanding behaviors. Each topic is also cross-referenced, which is another of the book's strengths. I also appreciate that the author addresses the needs of both younger and older children. My one complaint with the books is that the author makes so many broad and overgeneralizing statements; there are too many sentences that begin, "All Aspies..." or "Aspies are completely unable..." If you remind yourself that all people with Asperger's Syndrome are different, and that each has a range of abilities, this book is a great resource.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle A. Haley on June 22, 2011
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My husband and I discovered our 13 year old son had Aspergers along with his already diagnosed ADHD. The first thing I did
Was go to Amazon and order 5 books on the subject (I wanted to know everything I could about what was going on with our son) thank goodness I read reviews and "Quirky Yes..." was amongst the 5 I chose. " Quirky Yes, Hopeless No" was the BEST of the bunch.
My husband read it first and as he did he kept saying, "you have to read this
book it is exactly what is going on with us" and when it was my turn I couldn't believe how direct it was, it spoke to me like it was
written about our son and gave us solutions immediately, not in long technical text but in simple explanations I could understand. For the first time in my sons life I understood how he felt and why. I learned how to communicate with him on a different level, how he thought and SO much more. It opened a world for my husband and myself that no other book did or has since. what a gift to a parent or anyone who loves a child with Aspergers. This book made understanding Aspergers easy.Quirky, Yes---Hopeless, No: Practical Tips to Help Your Child with Asperger's Syndrome Be More Socially Accepted
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kent Nelson on November 23, 2011
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"He has Augsburger's Syndrome," his mother told me.

Okay, she didn't really say that, but that's what I heard. Being a former Lutheran and having never heard of Asperger's syndrome it sounded like Augsburger, as in Augsburg Confession. To be honest, I thought she was making it up.

Her son, Andrew (not his real name), was in my Kid's Club class. Andrew was noticeably brilliant. Even at 6 years old he could have taught the lessons, often filling in the details for the teacher; and at times difficult. We were often at our wits' ends trying to figure out what to do about some of the behavior, and we were rather clueless because his mom hadn't mentioned Asperger's until the school year was almost over.

After some Internet searches, I found out it wasn't a Lutheran condition called Ausburger's that Andrew had, but a PPD (pervasive development disorder) on the Autism Spectrum called Asperger's Syndrome.

Here on the World Wide Web I discovered everything I had done was wrong for this child! I was able to do a quick inventory: Yep, did that wrong... did this wrong... he wouldn't have understood that... he wasn't being defiant when he refused to look at us... time outs were actually rewards... and on.

If I'd had Quirky, Yes Hopeless, No: Practical Tips to Help your Child with Asperger's Syndrome Be More Socially Accepted by Cynthia La Brie Norall, PhD (written with Beth Wagner Brust) it would have saved me a lot of trouble and made me a better help to Andrew.

This well written book's user-friendly organization is in three parts:

Part One: Asperger's Syndrome and Your Child is the best 20 pages one can read on the subject, beginning with frequently asked questions and straight forward answers.
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