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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843102064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843102069
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This little gem of a book is intended to be shared by parents or a child with Asperger's Syndrome with friends, family and school professionals and peers so that they may understand asperger Syndrome. [It] could be a very effective tool in establishing understanding and a circle of friends for a child with Asperger's syndrome aged 6-12. It includes simple but charming illustrations by artist, Jane Telford, and an excellent list of resources at the end of the book. This book packs a lot of wisdom and information into a small package.' -Autism Coach Website 'This is a brief book written to explain Asperger Syndrome, both to classmates and individuals on the spectrum ... It is sufficiently brief for a young audience, but also gives good, specific examples.' -The MAAP 'Jude Welton gives the young child with Asperger's the power of his own voice in explaining himself to his friends. Her calm and deceptively simple approach is complemented by Jane Telford's reassuringly everyday pictures. Parents have needed this book for a very long time.' --Elizabeth Newson, Early Years Diagnostic Centre

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Jude Welton has a 9-year-old son with AS. Although originally trained as a child psychologist specializing in autism, she is a freelance writer, writing mainly on the arts. She recently started writing about and for children with AS. Jane Telford is a long-time friend of the author. She is an artist and illustrator, who has exhibited paintings and drawings widely in the UK and also internationally.

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196 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Gav on 1 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
When I bought this book I wasn't sure how exactly I was going to use it. My eldest son has Asperger's syndrome and is 8 years old. I thought it might be useful for informing his friends and staff at school what life was like for Jack. The book is set out well and is very easy to read, it outlines all the key areas of difficulty or difference for a child with Asperger's. One evening my son was having difficulty understanding his brother's emotions and I remembered that there was a page on this in the book. My son read the page and then insisted on reading the whole book. After finishing it he had a big smile on his face and exclaimed that everything in the book was the same as him and therefore did he have Asperger's syndrome? He seemed so relieved to know that other children had the same problems and started to tell me all sorts about he sees life. The book has certainly opened a little floodgate of communication with my son and he is now proud enough to go to school and tell his friends he has Asperger's. It is also a good blueprint for writing a similar booklet with your child to give to his/her own friends.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By M on 16 Nov. 2006
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When our eldest son was diagnosed with AS we needed something to give to his older sister to help her understand what was being said about him.We chose this book and found it an excellent introduction not just for her but also adults in contact with him (such as a TA at school).

In an ideal world this book would only be needed for other children but until then this is a simple, effective and very readable introduction to AS for adults and children alike.

Buy more than one copy to give away!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. M. Davin on 11 Oct. 2009
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We were looking for a book to help our 10-year old son understand how he is different, and this is written very simply and is incredibly informative. His class teacher is using it to help the children in his class understand him better, and his older sister found it helpful too. Highly recommended, easy and quick to read, and a huge help in tackling the difficult subject with our son.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tappytippy on 30 Oct. 2010
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Before going through the diagnostic process I read this with my son. He immediately recognised his own behaviours and it made getting the Aspergers diagnosis a lot less scary. The language is accessible and concise and even his educational psychologist is using it as a tool to help him better understand his condition. I've bought multiple copies for family and friends so that they can have a better understanding of why my boy is the way he is and how to cope with his less conventional behaviour. It's a thin volume, easy to read, with loads of information and a lot of helpful advice. If you only buy one book about Aspergers for your child get this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Walker on 2 Aug. 2009
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Bought this book after our 3 year old was diagnosed with Asperger's. Has really helped to give family, friends and staff at her nursery a better understanding of how she thinks and feels. Quick and easy to read - gets all the main information across really clearly. Cannot recommend it highly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Witsend on 3 Aug. 2010
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My fiancee , who is 53 , has just recently been diagnosed with Aspergers. I bought this book to help him understand in a simple way the difference in how a person with Aspergers thinks compared to a "Neuro typical " person. He still found a lot of this book difficult to understand but in our situation every little bit helps and I will try anything to help us.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Asw Moffat on 14 Sept. 2008
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as others have said, this book clearly and concisely summarises how your child behaves differently - we originally got this from the library and as I read it for the first time it was as if is had been written especially to describe my 11 yr old son - have just ordered a copy to send around the family
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By book tigger on 31 Oct. 2008
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Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family].
Our 5 year old Son has just been diagnosed with AS after 12 months from hell in his first school reception year. We never felt he was different & still don't, but little quirks that we just related to his own individuality are shown within this book which makes you sit up & think that this book could be written about your own Son. Its clear, concise & totally wonderful in how it takes you through the journey of an AS child & how he sees the world from his little corner. We will shortly be sharing its contents with our 8 year old to help him to be patient & understand his brother a little better. The foreword states that 'parents have needed this book for a very long time...' & I didn't realise just how accurate that would feel to us. I never thought that such a short & easy to read book could give you so much help. Thoroughly recommended.
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