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The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide by Craig Kendall was the first in his series that I read which made me feel like I was not alone in feeling the way that I was as a parent. Kendall's experiences with his own son brought to life what I was feeling and made me accept my own faults which then brought me to accept my son for who he was, an Aspie.

Kendall explains what Asperger's Syndrome is, the symptoms of Asperger's, treatment options, and the behavior that Aspies may endeavor. He also delves into the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome as well, the criteria that needs to be met for a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, as well as other conditions that may occur with the disorder. Kendall's knowledge and understanding of the subject is astounding and put into a great format that is understandable for anyone to read and take in; whether you are a parent, a teacher, a doctor, or an Aspie yourself. He makes Asperger's Syndrome unbelievably easy to understand and comprehend so much so that I was thankful that I found his book! Without this book, I wouldn't have been able to fully adjust to my son's diagnosis or my own feelings about it.

Kendall goes further into Asperger's Syndrome to include medication, Autism verses Asperger's, support systems, and how we can help these individuals lead a successful life. He gives support group information, nonprofit organization links like GRASP and ASAN, as well as online support groups on yahoo and wrongplanet.net. All of these are great resources which I have used and have benefited from. I have used these links in order to get help and to get information from. I, personally, created my own support group as well just to have another form of support out there on Facebook and Yahoo. I created The Asperger Child Inc. to help individuals and the community come together to better understand the syndrome so that Aspie's can lead productive lives in society.

I felt wonderful after reading this book! The explanation Kendall gives as children get older, the child's perspective, and the importance of gaining social skills was such great material. He helped me understand my child's world and what he was going through, which I had no idea until I read this book. Kendall breaks it down, step by step, so the reader can follow and actually read within two days (I read it in one day because I just couldn't put it down!)

Kendall includes bonus reports within this book: How to be your child's best advocate, Making the transition to adulthood, Helping your child cope with the holiday season, and The Asperger Survey of Parents and Professionals. All of these reports are beneficial and quite useful. I have caught myself going back to these reports for a fresh read when needed. Knowing they are there helps me to make sure that my child is getting what he deserves in life.

The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide is a must read. You will catch yourself going back to it on a regular basis and updating yourself or just getting the help you need when times are tough. Kendall lets you know that you are not alone, and Asperger's Syndrome is not a curse, it is just a difference, and a difference that can be worked around! --Amanda Baer, President, The Asperger Child Inc.

The author has chosen a very apt title, 'The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide, what you and your family need to know'. Anyone looking for information on Aspergers like myself, will agree that it is like a breath of fresh air to search and find information of this caliber. The Author has written the book with everyday people in mind and this is evident right the way through the book. It starts with a detailed, easy to read, Table of contents. This doesn't have to be a book that you start at page 1 and read through, the format is laid out for your e --Carrol Booth, Shared Care Network

The author has chosen a very apt title, 'The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide, what you and your family need to know'. Anyone looking for information on Aspergers like myself, will agree that it is like a breath of fresh air to search and find information of this caliber. The Author has written the book with everyday people in mind and this is evident right the way through the book. It starts with a detailed, easy to read, Table of contents. This doesn't have to be a book that you start at page 1 and read through, the format is laid out for your ease and you choose where you start, and read in the order that is relevant to you. For me this started with one of the Free Bonus Guides, The Asperger's Survey of Parents and Professionals. The page layout, typeface, bold headings also add to the enjoyment of reading this book. You can concentrate on absorbing what you are reading, the lists make great sense of what Craig is telling us.

I chose to read this book because we are soon to become Multilink Foster Carers for Children with Autism. The author, Craig writes this book from personal experience and from the heart in a style you can relate to. It makes sense. You read the data and think, 'why has no one told me that before?' The book itself is very easy on the eye, good front cover, great size to carry around. I wanted to know more, and have read and re-read chapters or sections that interest me. This will be one book that won't leave my bookshelf.

Chapter one covers many of the basics, What is Asperger's Syndrome, A guide to understanding it and Diagnosis. Chapter Two looks at the symptoms of Asperger's and talks about social problems, behaviors', differences of Asperger's and Autism, along with when do symptoms start showing. There are 9 chapters in total and go on to explain The causes of Autism, Diagnosis, Treatments, Changes from Childhood to Adulthood, Education needs, and a very important last chapter focusing on Support Groups. At the end of the book are 4 bonus guides looking at Advocacy, Transition to Adulthood, Coping with Holiday Seasons and The Aspergers Survey of Parents and Professionals.

Throughout the book there are references to other web pages and useful resources. Page 57 gives the website for Carol Grey's Social Stories and discuss' how play therapy and social skills are used alongside each other. The use of further references to other useful resources is fantastic and you can choose to explore these options further or just be happy with the knowledge you've just learned. Likewise at the end of Chapter 9 we are introduced to 'Blogs'. There are references to an autism internet blog, a parent written blog and an autistic spectrum person blog.

The Author's topic knowledge is evident and I can't wait to read the other books written by Craig Kendall. This book works, it has a place in the literature market for finding out more about "Aspergers" and will be a constant source of support for parents, carers, health and education staff and many more.

The book has many strengths, it is adaptable to your own style of learning, is written using commonsense everyday language. Craig's personal journey with his own family has been a blessing and I would like to thank them for sharing their journey with us, because without that deep understanding and compassion this book would not have been written. A quote from Craig's website sums up this book for me, 'He learned what works and what doesn't'.
--Carrol Booth, Shared Care Network

About the Author

I am the author of several books on autism and Asperger's syndrome, a form of high functioning autism.

*** My Journey...

Finding information that truly helps a loved one on the autism spectrum is a challenge. I know. I have been there. But eventually I was able to find the information I desperately needed to help my son, Alex, who has Asperger's syndrome, finally enjoy a "normal" life and do all the things you take for granted -- like make and keep friends, do well in school, get along well with friends and neighbors, treat family members with love and respect and enjoy an active social life.

*** Several Years Ago I Was Standing In Your Shoes...

I was typing the phrase "Asperger's Syndrome" and autism into every search engine on the Internet just hoping to find a magic solution that would help.

I read through website after website trying to track down answers. I searched for reasons, guidance, even just someone to talk to. All I found was the same old rehashed information ... nothing useful. And certainly nothing that told me how to help a loved one cope with Asperger's.

It was incredibly frustrating. I was literally at the end of my rope ... because every day seemed like one long, never-ending bad dream that I couldn't wake up from.

You see, my son, Alex, who has Asperger's Syndrome, was in the middle of a major Asperger's episode ... he was terribly unhappy. It was so difficult to communicate with him. He was running away from home and couldn't get along with any of his peers. All the days of worrying and yelling had taken their toll on my wife and me (the same feeling you've probably had with taking care of your loved one the stress is incredible, isn't it?).

*** I needed answers...

The Internet was just the start for me. I devoured everything I could find at the library
, including boring, technical medical journals and dozens of books. I tracked down every Asperger's expert I could find. And during our journey, my wife and I went from knowing nothing about Asperger's and having NO idea how to help him ... to becoming an expert who has been able to help him build friendships, stay organized and do well in school.

*** Other Parents Advice Was a Godsend...

I spoke with literally hundreds of other parents. I learned what worked and what didn't. And after my months of research ... I can tell you one thing for sure: if you're supporting a loved one with Asperger's, you have a better chance of winning one of those multi-state lotteries than of finding the information you need to help your loved one SUCCESSFULLY cope with Asperger's.

I must have read every book written but I still had unanswered questions. The books I did find spend most of the time talking about what Asperger's is and why people have Asperger's Syndrome, but they never talked about the kinds of issues I was facing with my son... such as how to get the right treatment, what treatments work, how to make long lasting friends, how to help them get a good job, etc.

*** I Decided To Learn Everything There Was To Know...

After that, I decided to work full time on my Asperger's research in order to learn everything that I could about Asperger's Syndrome.
I contacted support groups, conducted surveys and interviewed people.

All of my research was worth it. Today, my son has friends and is happy. He does well in school. I never thought we would get to this point.  I hope my research and books, and the knowledge I have gained, can help others find the success and happiness that my family has found.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Visions Publishing, Inc. (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984110305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984110308
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My journey started as many of your journeys did...with a son on the autism spectrum. Of course, early on, my wife and I did not know what was "wrong" with our son. His outbursts. His inability to get along with his peers. His obsessive need for routine.

Over time he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome.

And so began my journey. Over nearly 2 decades I have been researching, writing and helping others on the autism spectrum.

My weekly newsletters are read by more than 40,000 parents and professionals on 6 continents. My YouTube channel "Aspergersguide" has over a half million views. I run the websites www.AutismParenthood.com and www.AspergersSociety.org where you can sign up for free reports, a free newsletter and find articles written by me and several guest experts.

WHY MY BOOKS ARE DIFFERENT
I have often been asked, "Craig why are your books different than the other books on autism?" Let me tell you. First of all, they are really NOT written by me alone but by contributors from all over the world. You see, I receive thousands of emails from moms, dads, grandparents, professionals and those with autism annually. In my books, I compile tips and strategies that others have found to be effective and efficient...basically stuff that works!

PRACTICAL ADVICE FROM MOMS ALL OVER THE WORLD
My books are crammed packed with practical daily advice on how to SOLVE the problems that moms and dads face when raising children on the spectrum. And my book for adults, "Thriving in Adulthood with Asperger's Syndrome" have become a bible for not only adults on the spectrum but for those who live with them and love them.

Be sure to check out my websites and sign up for my FREE newsletters today.

OTHER BOOKS BY CRAIG KENDALL
I have now authored many books on autism and Asperger's syndrome including:
* The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide
* Asperger's Syndrome Guide for Teens and Young Adults
* Thriving in Adulthood with Asperger's Syndrome
* New Hope for Autism - 15 Successful Strategies Moms Don't Know

Note: Craig Kendall lives with his wife and two sons in southern California.

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By tex1751 on September 28, 2010
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The price of this book was quite high. I expected an encyclopedia of information for hte price. It's very short and has very little information in it. And the information is repeated several times. There are also many spelling errors in the book which makes me question if this was published at home and if so, were any of the "facts" ckecked for accuracy or is it all this man's opinions and what he's read on the internet (which isn't always true believe it or not). In all I was VERY disappointed with this book and feel like I got taken for a sucker for paying that much for it. All in all I wouldn't recommend it at all.
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Mostly in life you get what you pay for, so I didn't cringe too much at the price tag for this book. However, I cringed all the way through the book as all the glaring typos throughout the book. I can overlook typos and even an occasional misused word (i.e., "than" being used repetitively instead of "then" in a paragraph), but the overall content was both repetitive (the EXACT same paragraphs copied and pasted in multiple sections) and often contradictory in nature.

Please don't waste your money on anything from this author. You will glean just as much information on the subject from a Google search on the topic.
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This is an okay book if you're just beginning to learn about Asperger's. It's very easy to read. Unfortunately, I found it lacking and it didn't give me enough detail on the topics I was interested in. The best part of the book was actually the verbatim answers to an Asperger's survey at the back of the book. Overall, I was disappointed; I didn't think it was worth the asking price.
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After reading the pitch from the author I thought this book would be a fair size, particularly as it included 4 free bonus guides. I was disappointed to see it was quite a small book and for the $39 price tag, I felt it was overpriced. There was a lot of repetition throughout the book which I found very frustrating. I did find some useful information.
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If you have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome or even if you haven't the book will show you that there is much to learn about the awareness of it. It helps to understand others and also yourself. When you have read it - give it away to someone who hasn't read it or even heard of the Asperger' Syndrome. You will definitely find someone who needs it It is well written and up-to-date - and not just for women.
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It fulfilled my expectations, and what it promised. Only 4 stars, not 5 because
nothing is perfect. However, it was excellent.
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