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Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide, Revised Third Edition: Advice, Inspiration, Insight, and Hope, from Early Intervention to Adulthood Paperback – October 14, 2014
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“ Almost an encyclopedia of Asperger syndrome, its wise advice [is] based on reviewing the research literature and a personal and insightful perspective.”—Dr. Tony Attwood
"Bashe's must-read third edition truly earns the title of a 'definitive guide,' with the added bonuses of being beautifully written, engaging, warm, encouraging, hopeful, and enormously practical."
—Dr. Shana Nichols
“Patty Bashe answers every parent concern: from the first hints of suspicion about a toddler to the day in which our children will outlive us. It is that comprehensive.”—Michael John Carley
“A marvelous book full of practical and sensible suggestions and advice. This volume will be of great help to parents and professionals alike and a invaluable resource for all those concerned with supporting individuals with Aspergers.” —Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., professor of child psychiatry, psychology, and pediatrics, Yale Child Study Center
"Patty Romanowski Bashe has done it again. Taken an ever increasing amount of information and put it in one place as an indispensable guide to parents and educators working with those with Asperger Syndrome. This is a compass to send you in the right direction to get the supports you may need. Thank you Patty! " --Jed Baker, Ph.D, director of the Social Skills Training Project, author of No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams
"The OASIS Guide has always been a go-to-resource for information regarding Asperger syndrome...With all the controversy regarding the conception of the autism spectrum disorders, Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide is an even-handed treatment that emphasizes solid, empirical research. It belongs on every clinician's and researcher's bookshelf."
—Bobby Newman, PhD, BCBA, founder of Room to Grow and author of Move with a Purpose, Behaviorspeak, and Behavioral Detectives
About the Author
Patricia Romanowski Bashe, MSEd., BCBA, is, first, the mother of a son with Asperger syndrome, and then a certified special education teacher, early intervention provider, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Currently senior education specialist at the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, at Stony Brook University, she is also author of The Parents’ Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar ASDs Real-Life Skills for Independence. Visit her website at www.aspergerguide.com.
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While some congregations are starting to reach out and make their classes and services more inclusive, many don’t know how to help. Some may even be wondering why they should. I have talked with many families who have children with autism or Aspergers who go from church to church looking for Christians who will make them feel at home.
It doesn’t have to be this way. If we are truly reflecting God’s love, everyone should feel welcome, accepted and loved when they walk through the doors of our church. This may mean your church needs to educate itself on how to minister to families dealing with autism and Aspergers. Even if you studied special education in college, the information available has changed drastically over the last twenty years and you may need to get more accurate information.
Whether you are a parent who is concerned about your own child or a church who wants to reach out to families and serve them, Asperger Syndrome: The OASIS Guide, Revised Third Edition: Advice, Inspiration, Insight, and Hope, from Early Intervention to Adulthood is a great updated resource to consult.
Books like this can become clinical sounding very quickly. Written by the mother of a child with Asperger Syndrome, the book remains easy to read for even the most stressed out parent. Bashe also has the educational credentials to share the latest in successful intervention strategies. Having raised a child with Asperger Syndrome, Bashe understands all too well the concerns and questions parents may have.
The book is well organized for either the person skimming for specific information or for the person who needs to fully understand everything they can on the subject. Bashe walks parents through everything from what to do to get an accurate diagnosis to what to do once you have learned your child does indeed have Aspergers. She carefully explains all of the possible behaviors as well as other symptoms that may appear later. A large part of the book carefully explains every possible treatment, intervention and drug that may be suggested to help. She even refers the reader to other sources for the most detailed information on each topic.
It would be easy for Bashe to patronize her readers. After all, it appears she is an expert on the subject - both personally and professionally. Yet throughout the discussions on therapies and interventions, she is quick to share the mistakes she made along the way. One comes away with the sense she is walking along side you on your journey rather than lecturing you from a podium. She even addresses a lot of the “what if” issues that trouble many parents – including what may happen to your child once you are no longer able to care for her.
I think my favorite part of the book is that the author is able to balance reality with a healthy dose of hope. One of my favorite quotes could really apply to everyone, but I know it will give many parents hope. “Remember, your child is not a “done deal” – not by a long shot. You do not know everything he is capable of achieving or overcoming. No one does.” (p.146) I would add – God does and He has a plan for your child. And that is a hope any parent can grab and hold.
With autism and Aspergers becoming more common, I believe this is a must-have reference book in the library of any teacher, volunteer and of course parent. Although Bashe did not address the idea of faith and Asperger’s directly, I do believe her discussions on manners, empathy and social interaction will give the reader enough information to help guide the faith journey of the child or teen who has Aspergers. I know this book will become a permanent part of my reference library.
A copy of this book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review.
The author describes terms like "Neurotypical Land," used to describe the sometimes-foreign culture of what most people define as "normal." Reading the book, I learned that it was Dr. Asperger who first pointed out the Asperger's child's vulnerability to being bullied and their need for special, explicit instruction in social and adaptive skills. The author states this important take-home message: "Each individual with ASD is truly an individual, in ever way. Not every individual comes with behaviors and symptoms that make a "perfect" match with any diagnostic criteria.... these differences, deficits, challenges - whatever you decide to call them - are pervasive in that they touch most aspects of daily living."
I have a son with Asperger's. He is now in his early thirties. When he was in school, he was tested for everything under the sun and diagnosed with everything. Back then, no one in our school system knew about Asperger's. We visited psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors and no one seemed to know what he had or what to do. They just knew there was something wrong. We finally received a diagnosis of Asperger's when he was in his early twenties. As the book describes, many parents feel a sense of relief at finally knowing what "it" is. That's what happened to us.
When I think back to all the questions we've had and the crisis we have experienced, this book would have been an invaluable resource. Even now, we are still experiencing crisis. I plan to share the author's suggestions for coping with those problems with my son.
While this book is quite comprehensive, if it should miss something, there's a large list of resources at the end.
IF you have a son or daughter with Asperger's or who is on the autism spectrum, do both of you a HUGE favor, and buy this book!
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Author: Patricia Romanowski Bashe
Publisher: Harmony Books
Date: 2014 (3rd rev ed)