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Children and Teenagers with Aspergers

Children and Teenagers with Aspergers [Kindle Edition]

Anna Van Der Post et al

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Product Description

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A varied collection of parents' stories about raising children and teenagers with Aspergers. The contributors have bravely written totally honest, deeply moving and sometimes harrowing accounts about what it really feels like to care for a challenging child. The book helps to remove the isolation and guilt felt by so many parents. Embedded within the narratives are their unique ways of coping which may inspire some with new strategies to try. This book will also appeal to relatives, friends and professionals seeking to get a better understanding of Aspergers and the far reaching effect on the family unit.

About the Author

Anna Van Der Post is both a research psychologist and a mother of a teenager with Aspergers. She has worked as a researcher for both mental health charities and the National Health Service.

For the last fourteen years she has lived in the South West of England with her son whom she has home educated.

Anna enjoys coastal walks, cryptic crosswords and spending time with her friends.

Book Extract

Nobody could have wanted a child more than I did. I had always known that I wanted to be a mother so when, on my thirtieth birthday, I conceived, my life was complete, right on plan, or so I thought! I had, at last, realised my biggest dream.

I had a normal pregnancy and birth. James was born screaming and had clearly enjoyed the whole process about as much as his mother had! Everything seemed normal and he was, seen through the rose tinted glasses of most new mothers, perfect. I soon discovered that James did not believe in sleep; he took short cat naps, and then only if I held him. When I attempted to gently transfer him into his pram, he usually woke instantly, over-sensitive, it seemed, to any changes in his sensory environment. This inability to sleep carried on until his fifth year, waking hourly through most of his infancy. Apart from his sleep problem, he seemed to be pretty much the same as other babies I had known - only much more demanding. Looking back it was obvious that he was exceptionally bright. I can be forgiven for failing to notice because before I had my son, I had been a nanny to three very intellectually able boys. As a consequence, my ideas and expectations of normal development were skewed, based as they were on an artificially high starting platform.

When he was just two or three months old James moaned relentlessly even when I held and talked to him. Like most parents I tried everything I could think of to calm him. I soon discovered that he could be reliably entertained if I walked him around the house pointing at objects and naming them. The other very bizarre action was to run round and round the dining room table as fast as I could. I cannot imagine what on earth made me do this with a vulnerable baby in my arms, but it worked. I spent an inordinate amount of his childhood doing laps around the dining room and as we had floor to ceiling windows and were over-looked by adjacent flats I’m surprised no one called social services or the local mental health team!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing Ltd (3 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002B55JP8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #947,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very educational book,, even for teens wishing to expand their horizons 17 Jun 2009
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As a 14 year old girl I found that this book attributed greatly to my newfound love in the brain and it's great workings.
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