Directly addressing teens diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome or Nonverbal Learning Disorder, two educational consultants experienced in special-needs issues lay out feasible strategies for success in school and in social interactions. The keys, they explain, are self-advocacy—clearly communicating “interests, desires, needs, and rights”—and also adopting systematic techniques for identifying and accomplishing specific “missions.” The authors reinforce their points with bulleted checklists, and also offer sample charts and forms. Along with presenting tips on a range of topics from managing homework and maintaining personal hygiene to making friends and coping with bullying, they firmly convey the message that spectrum disorders are not illnesses but “behavioral and learning profiles” that can be mapped, understood, and in many cases even leveraged into special strengths. A substantial annotated list of Web resources caps this useful manual. Grades 6-9. --John Peters
The authors teach students how to think and problem solve so they can craft their own ticket for the beautiful (but sometimes intimidating) journey with NLD and Asperger's. If you're a student with NLD or Asperger's, don't leave home without this map! --Rondalyn V. Whitney, occupational therapist and researcher at the Kennedy Krieger Institute
Wow! I wish this guidebook had existed when I was a teenager. Life would have been so much easier for me and my parents. Take Control is packed with the resources you need to succeed socially and academically in middle school and high school. --Alex Plank, founder of WrongPlanet.net, the online Asperger's syndrome community
Take Control of Asperger's Syndrome- The Official Strategy Guide for Teens with Asperger's Syndrome and Non Verbal learning Disorder is an extremely well written and useful resource. The authors, Janet Price and Jennifer Engel Fisher, use clear language but do not condescend. The book is full of real-world advice that teens can put into practice right away.
The book is organized into ten chapters which make it easy to find information. Each chapter includes a title and mission statement. Chapter One : What are AS and NVLD? includes the mission statement, "To learn about the strengths and challenges of having Asperger's Syndrome or Non Verbal Learning Disorder." A Venn diagram illustrates how characteristics of these disabilities overlap, as well as how they differ. Chapter three is all about self advocacy, a crucial skill for those who are in high school and college. An example from this section features a boy who spoke up to tell his classmates that eye contact is difficult for him, and that a lack of eye contact does not necessarily show disrespect. Chapter five is filled with tips for homework success. These very accessible strategies can simplify life for people with organizational challenges. Other important topics covered in this guide are appearance and good hygiene, sensory issues, and friendship. The list of suggested resources in the back is quite extensive, as is the bibliography.
This is a brilliant resource which should prove helpful to any tween or teen who struggles to understand and cope with AS or NVLD.
Authors Price & Fisher created the ultimate guidebook for teens with Asperger's, providing up-to-date information written in a clear and concise way, and a multitude of practical and usable suggestions that will be of tremendous value for any teen with AS. As a psychologist working with teens, this book is one I highly recommend. Not only is it an excellent resource, but it provides a great deal of comfort to a teen with AS as he will read the book and no longer feel alone in his struggle. A+
As a psychologist who works with many adolescents and families dealing with Asperger's and NLD, I am so happy to have such a practical, sensitive, and creative book for these students. Visually well-organized and verbally-clear, Ms. Price and Ms. Fisher demonstrate compassion, common sense, and tremendous understanding of the daily lives and school experiences of adolescents who benefit from explicit guidance of the social and school worlds. This is a must-have resource for all educational and mental health professionals!
This book tackles many of the daily issues parents of NLD and Aspergers children face. It is written so well and the suggestions have been very helpful so far. I have not found any other books like this one and hope these authors will continue to put their experiences down on paper. Valerie Yellin
I have read at least 70 books on Asperger's, autism and related disorders. I really recommend this book for teens and parents of Asperger teens. Very tangible and useful suggestions. I also appreciated the resource listings in the back. All around very helpful. I have two boys, ages 14 and 15, with Asperger's and, I can tell you, I've been able to glean useful and practical advice from just a handful of sources. I'm always happy to find one.
As a 20 year old growing up with a Non-verbal Learning Disorder I found this book to be very insightful and helpful for anyone with an autism spectrum learning disorder. Pro's and con's of these disorders and solutions to the issues that they present were clearly spelled-out. Often times books like this present solutions to issues that really don't make sense to someone with an autism spectrum disorder or are embarassing/difficult for students in general who are going through the self-concious teenage years but, the solutions presented in this handbook seemed very reasonable and highly attainable. I highly recommend this book for anyone with or who might interact with someone with an autisim spectrum disorder. Students, parents, teachers, family, and friends will all find great insight in this book!
This is a great book -- very well written and aptly targeted to teens with AS/NLD. The stories and strategies are very helpful and the overall book offers a concrete guide thru the maze of education and social landmines.