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Product Details

  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company; 1 edition (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967251419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967251417
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This much-needed book demystifies the unique and sometimes puzzling behaviors of individuals with Asperger Syndrome by letting the reader experience the world from the perspective of a young child with Asperger Syndrome. The brief, easy-to-understand text is accompanied by whimsical cartoon-like characters. --From the Publisher

About the Author

Elisa Gagnon, Ms.Ed., is coordinator, Asperger Syndrome Project, University of Kansas Medical Center. Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., a consultant with the Ziggurat Group, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Education and Treatment Services Project for Military Dependent Children with Autism, was the recipient of the Autism Society of America s Outstanding Professional Award; the Princeton Fellowship Award; and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She has written over 150 articles and books on autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (with Southwick) and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (with Adreon). The latter was the winner of the Autism Society of America s Outstanding Literary Work. Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world, and served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Organization for Autism Research and Maap Services Inc. In addition, she was recently acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world from 1997 to 2004.

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Customer Reviews

The pictures are pretty dull too!
sunny
This book explains Asperger Syndrome is a very simple way for adults and children.
Lucky Mommy, California
I encourage other educators to read this book with their students.
Barbara Craddock

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is like a series of snapshots of realistic situations that will help others to understand individuals with this disability. What is especially important about this book is that it depicts situations where the authors (who obviously work with this population) KNOW that behaviors of the child in certain situations are likely to be misinterpreted--thus causing an escalation of behavior on the part of the child or a negative reaction on the part of person with whom the child is interacting. Because of the child's literal perception of situations and their difficulty in expressing themselves accurately their behavior may be perceived as oppositional, angry, or arrogant. They may also be victimized because of their literal/naive interpretations. This book delivers important information in the clearest possible way--as the old adage says--a picture is worth a thousand words. Thank you for helping others understand OUR children!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By WKC on January 6, 2002
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My 7 year old son is in class with a child with Asperger's Syndrome. I needed something to explain what Asperger's is and how it impacts the actions and responses of this child. THIS WAS THE PERFECT BOOK. It is short, easy to read (my son could actually read it himself) and it explains several of the difficulties that many Asperger's children experience. Best of all, it is from the perspective of the child that has Asperger's. Not only did my son (and I) learn a great deal about Asperger's, we also learned how about how a child with Asperger's might feel about being different from other children. This really helped my son to understand and react appropriately to the child in his class. I am donating the book to his classroom in hopes that others can also use this great resource.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Craddock on January 12, 2000
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I teach children with learning disabilities and behavior problems at the elementary level. A parent shared, "This Is Asperger Syndrome" with me and I now have a greater understanding of this disability. I shared it with the children I teach and it led to a wonderful discussion. I encourage other educators to read this book with their students.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kristi A. Sakai on May 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am the mother of three children with Asperger's Syndrome. I'm offended by the review that suggests we should just "celebrate" the special gifts of people with Asperger's and that this is a negative book. My entire life is consumed with Asperger's and I manage to maintain my sense of humor most of the time. But I'm sick of constantly being expected to put on a happy face and pretend that all is rosy for me or my children. The reality of AS is not always pretty! If I had a nickel for every public place my kids have meltdowns I'd be rich. We try to avoid having public meltdowns and I am compassionate toward them because they usually just can't help it (sensory overload), but it isn't necessarily a bad thing for people to see. People need to know that disabilities are hard to live with, they need to learn to be compassionate too. People need to understand that things they find easy are very very hard for children like mine. I applaud these authors for not putting a sunny fake mask on Aspeger's Syndrome!

Kristi Sakai, author of
Finding Our Way: Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2000
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I found this book to be very simply written and an easy way to communicate my child's perspective to other adults in a non-threatening way. I recently shared this book with my child's instructional assistant, she was so thrilled she asked me "where I could get three more copies?" I ordered them, and donated them to the school. It turns out that the book has been shared across the campus, with a copy being left in the teachers lounge for other educators to be able to understand. I think this book is a great way to see Asperger's syndrome through the eyes of a child. It's a simple breakdown of some very complex issues that need to be communicated to raise awareness and acceptance.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Mommy, California on August 22, 2005
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This book explains Asperger Syndrome is a very simple way for adults and children. I have a 5 year old son with Asperger and I showed this book to his grandparents, my friends and his after-school care takers. After they read it, they finaly understood all the information that I had tried to explain to them before. Plus there were some things in there that I didn't realise were related to Asperger so it was a learning experience for me as well. Not all of the symptoms will fit to your child and you'll find yourself saying, "Does that" & "Nope, doesn't do that", etc. This really is a great way to explain Asperger to others and it's a very fast read.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful By "l_brown" on February 20, 2001
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I am thankful NOT to own this book. I found it during a library search and find it's message extremely negative. The book systematically points out some of the most difficult problems of AS - disorientation, obsession, miscommunication - as if all person with AS experience all these problems. Most AS individuals are uniquely challenged, having shades of these, as well as other issues. The most disappointing aspect to this book is that it doesn't celebrate the gifts AS children may have - expanded vocabularies, intelligence, honesty, a fascination for stories and books, advanced computer skills, and often, artistry. The book, "Asperger's, Huh?", is a much better choice.
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