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The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide: Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, from a Young Man with Asperger's Syndrome Paperback – September 30, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935274163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935274162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide is so personal, so engaging, and so immediate, it’s like having a big brother or mentor who’s 'been there' show you the way, to minimize your scrapes and bumps.
 
No matter what your connection to Asperger’s or where you are in your AS journey, this is an invaluable source of validation, inspiration, and information … you can keep on using these tips the rest of your life."
 
Rudy Simone
Author of Asperger’s on the Job and Aspergirls

About the Author

J. D. Kraus was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in the fourth grade. Now a student at the University of Cincinnati, he continues to overcome challenges and embrace his differences.


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My only criticism is that it almost makes survival as as Aspie teen sound easy.
Val
My teenage grandson has this book in his collection of books to help him understand his autism and it's been a great help...
Debra Peters
Teens with AS and parents alike can all benefit a great deal from reading this book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on June 3, 2012
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I picked up "The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide" by J.D. Kraus because I have an eleven-year-old son with Aspergers. As we start to navigate those challenging tween and teen years, I need all the help I can get!

I read the book first with the intent of deciding whether I would let my son read it. In the end, I chose not to have him read it. This is because he is still very young in the whole tween/teen age range and much of the information does not concern him yet - he suffers from high anxiety as it is and doesn't need to start stressing about issues that are still a few years away. Also, the author is on some medications to help with anxiety and depression, and he discusses this. While they have proved helpful for him and I know that they certainly can be of use in certain situations, I'm trying really hard to not go that route with my son, focusing instead on counseling and behavioral therapy. Lastly, Kraus is very intelligent in all his academic subjects, whereas my son has some definite struggles and I think he might feel pretty badly about himself if he compared his academic life.

However, that being said, as a parent, I found this book to be incredibly helpful and I would recommend it highly to any parent with an Aspie kid as well as any teachers who work with these children. It is always good to have these first-hand accounts of what it is like to live with this brain difference. I can't be inside my son's head, but books like this give me a window into his world.

A large portion of the book deals with school-related issues. After reading this, I'm more thankful than ever that I chose to homeschool.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Sliter on October 10, 2010
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The book details the many challenges J.D. faced in school and importantly, what J.D. personally found helpful in dealing with them. You also get a good picture of the kind of support parents and schools can provide to make life easier for Aspie teens. The book gives you an appreciation of the effort and dedication that is required and of what is possible as you learn how this particular teen matured in his ability to deal with challenges through time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Val on June 19, 2011
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I'm a special education teacher, mostly of students with social/emotional disabilities, often with Asperger's Syndrome. One of my students was reading this book, and she enjoyed it so much that I decided to check it out myself. It's a great guide, filled with advice on surviving as an Aspie teen. My only criticism is that it almost makes survival as as Aspie teen sound easy. Although JD does mention having meltdowns and general difficulty at times within the book, it seems to almost brush over that and makes it seem like the skills and strategies that he offers are simple to follow through with. That said, I found it to be a great read, and I plan to keep it in my classroom for other students and teachers who may benefit from it as well.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Saintsfan on January 14, 2011
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I purchased this book to get a better understanding of my son. I learned a great deal. Not all of it was my son's character or behavior but I can certainly appreciate this book and have lent it out twice.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hannah8700 on October 24, 2010
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My cousin is the author of this wonderful piece of writing, and though I may be somewhat biased I learned so much by reading this book. There's a saying about how you don't really know someone unless you've walked a mile in their shoes. I thought that J.D. did an excellent job in helping people to truly appreciate how a person with Asperger's Syndrome feels and the challenges that they face each and every day. He makes you think differently about teenagers and the thousands of others who have successfully coped with AS and other forms of autism, helping the reader to appreciate that they're all just people, people who are just like everybody else, and that they have feelings and dreams too. I really learned a lot about my cousin as a person and my heart was truly touched when I read about all of the things he had to overcome, both in and out of school. People today have so many misconceptions about autism and because of that they "label" and often bully those who suffer from it due to their ignorance and lack of understanding. This book addresses many of those misconceptions and could really help young people today to better understand people with AS and why they do and say certain things. Teens with AS and parents alike can all benefit a great deal from reading this book. It will truly prove to be a survival kit!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JSParker on April 7, 2013
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Sorry this book was just too centred on teen boys with Aspergers, i realise it was written by a boy, but some info for girls could have been collected. Overall there just wasn't enough information in this book to satisfy me or my Aspie teen, the focus was also mainly on things like relationships and dating, rather than social skills and help at school and in everyday situations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Salvatore M. Mancino on July 3, 2013
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I have a high functioning 10 year old with Aspergers. He is doing very well but struggles still in social situations. This book really helped and will continue to help as he moves into his teen years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ebert on May 30, 2013
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Thank you for helping us and our grandson understand how to cope with Asperger's and becoming a teen in today's society.
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