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The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration Hardcover – November 13, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Parents struggling to find answers about their children often have to wade through pedantic and confusing mazes. Frequently, books about medical or developmental conditions offer little more than the author's personal story or a textbookish monotone. Refreshingly, these authors delve into the shady, often misunderstood world of pervasive developmental disorders, of which perhaps the most well-known is autism, with clarity, warmth and amazing depth, focusing on Asperger Syndrome (AS). The authors present unfamiliar terms and jargon with full explanations, and with none of the patronizing tone sometimes encountered in the medical world. The reader is not left with the personal story alone, and forced to go off on her own expedition for information. The authors (both mothers of AS children) effectively trace this disorder from the onset of symptoms through adulthood. While most parents may be tempted to skip straight to Chapter 2 to devour the list of telltale signs and apply them to their own child, they would do well to start at the beginning. The book grew out of the authors' OASIS Web site (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support), which has furthered AS research immeasurably (the site's response rates alone provide important information about potential numbers of people with AS). These authors have certainly done their homework. Besides invaluable practical information, parents and other interested persons will find comfort in the book's welcoming tone and the knowledge that they are not alone.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Though few Americans have ever heard of Asperger Syndrome (AS), recent studies suggest its rate of occurrence may be as high as seven in 1000. Also known as high-functioning autism, AS is characterized by obsessive behavior, normal to high intelligence, and deficits in social interaction, communication, and imagination. Bashe and Kirby, both mothers of children with AS, rely heavily on professional literature for their book. However, they also draw upon the results of numerous parent surveys they have posted on their OASIS (Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support) web site. Their text covers clinical aspects of AS in practical language. The authors also deal with taking control of your child's education and therapeutic program, as well looking at the whole child, including areas professionals tend to neglect. As awareness of AS grows among both professionals and the general public, so will the need for a book of this quality. A valuable purchase for most large and mid-sized collections. KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Eatonville, WA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I like the way these authors provide web sites for AS related questions and issues. This book deserves a place of honor on our book shelves, in our professional dealings and in our hearts. Cheers for this book!
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