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Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family [Paperback]

Jude Welton
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15 Sep 2003 Can I Tell You About...?
Meet Adam - a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. He helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS - he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This illustrated book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (15 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843102064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843102069
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.9 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,147 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

About the Author

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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188 of 189 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a difference a book can make! 1 Mar 2004
By Gav
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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By M
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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely informative and clear book 26 May 2008
After my son's diagnosis two months ago at the age of six I have been reading various books about Asperger's. I stumbled across this gem of a book and would thoroughly recommend it as a fabulously potted explanation of the spectrum of symptons and characteristics of AS. I have found that explaining the syndrome to others can be quite tricky but this book accomplishes this and can be read and understood in thirty minutes. I would suggest that all close family members, friends, teachers and fellow pupils would benefit hugely from this little book. It is delivered in palatable sections that cover all the main aspects of Asperger's behaviour and in a way that is sympathetic and calm. I find myself re-reading this book every month to remind myself of my son's perspective - it's quite invaluable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To help my adult partner understand Aspergers 3 Aug 2010
By Witsend
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 21 July 2009
Good book to give to those who know little of the complexities of an ASD disorder.
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Published 14 hours ago by MRS L HANEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Best helping book EVER!
It helped me understand why I am different to other people. I am so happy about this book helping me.
Published 11 days ago by Adam A Banks
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5.0 out of 5 stars thank you!
Very clear and helpful book ! It quickly gave an insight into how a child with aspergers might be feeling. Really helpful!
Published 1 month ago by gwjirp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is a fantastically written book to hand around explains the things that you think are unique to your family and put your mind at rest that really you or family/friend are not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Train fan mum
1.0 out of 5 stars absolute rubbish. Not a book at all
I don't know why this was recommended. To start with it's so short I'd call it a leaflet. Secondly it only covers one persons very individual symptoms. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Again a good book.
It could have been a thicker book with more information in it. Suppose its more of a starter book into the condition.Still a good booklet though.
Published 3 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I read this book with my Asperger son often, We use it to talk about what it is like to live with a differnt perpective on the world and it definitely helps him to feel more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lena V Andersson
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed
super slow delivery,,,very small book..expensive for what it son is Asperger and information in this book not as complete of a lot of other books /documentaries I saw.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. S. Merrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for siblings.
I bought this for my 13 year old son to help him understand his 11 year old brother better. He doesn't want to talk to him about it but does want him to understand why he gets... Read more
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