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Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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"Because of the interesting story line, the positive approach, and the notion that others can learn to help Sam instead of expecting him to change, this is an excellent introduction to the topic. . . . A useful introduction for both children and adults." —School Library Journal
"An excellent book." —Tony Attwood, PhD, author, The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
"This book should be in every elementary school library to encourage other children to help a child who has Asperger's Syndrome." —Temple Grandin, PhD, PAS, author, Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation
"Every parent and teacher of a young child on the ASD spectrum should have a copy." —Susan J. Moreno, MA, founder, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome
"A delightful and factual description of a young child with Asperger's. Bravo to the authors!" —Maureen Barber-Carey, EdD, executive vice president, The Dr. Gertrude A. Barber National Institute
"Helps children accept each other's unique aspects—what a great way for teachers to promote an accepting environment in their classrooms." —Heidi Harbers, PhD, CCC-SLP, highly regarded pediatric speech language pathologist
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Top Customer Reviews
The genius of the book is that woven into a wonderful story and captivating artwork is a transcending message about Asperger's Syndrome. As a parent of an Asperger's child I have found this message helpful in explaining my son's unique behaviors to his teachers and classmates, friends, and family. What is most wonderful about the book is that is does not treat the Asperger's child as an individual with a contagious disorder, but simply a child with some differences from the norm and a differing perspective. Sam triumphs in demonstrating that a child with mild Asperger's can succeed if those around the child afford some latitude for the child's actions and understanding that simple things can be troubling and hindering.
I wish this was required reading for all. The promotion of understanding sure would make life easier for these kids.
Very well done.
Linda L. Gens
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a tutor I have worked with children suffering from Asperger. This lovely story brilliantly illustrates some of the typical forms of behaviour that these children, their parents... Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Herman Thorbecke
This story of Sam is like many other boys and girls out there that are born and live with this disorder. Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by deutsch_gurl
Bought this book for my 6 year old son to help him understand he's not the only child in the world with Asperger's Syndrome. My son did not enjoy the story. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by Nadya Suchawoman
It is really unfortunate when people write negative reviews about excellent books. This book has won many awards, was shortlisted for book of the year by Speech Pathology Australia... Read morePublished on September 19, 2010 by Ellie
Designed to raise awareness of Asperger syndrome, Understanding Sam is a story about an undiagnosed child. Read morePublished on April 24, 2010 by R.J. Clarke
I was looking for a book to read to my son's 1st grade class during the month of April for Autism Awareness month. I am disappointed with this book. Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by F. D'Angelo