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I am Special [Paperback]

Peter Vermeulen
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28 Feb 2013 1849052662 978-1849052665 Second edition
I am Special is a workbook developed by Peter Vermeulen and already used extensively with young people with autism spectrum disorder. The workbook is designed for a child to work through with an adult - parent, teacher or other professional. Unlike other books, its content and layout are devised especially for children who read, think and process information differently. I am Special is divided into two parts. The first is a theoretical introduction that explains how to inform children that they have autism or Asperger Syndrome and how to use the worksheets with groups or individuals. The second part consists of a series of worksheets which the child works through with an adult to create a unique and personal book about him or herself. It includes a series of exercises that present autism positively. They strike a balance between general facts, information about autism and personal information, covering the strengths an autistic person may have as well as the difficulties they may face. This fully updated second edition contains many new worksheets, and a useful CD ROM with all of the worksheets in a handy printable format. I am Special can be used with young people over the age of ten years. Not only is it an excellent source of information for the autistic child; it can be the first step in a process of counselling or psychotherapy or the springboard for a discussion group on autism.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley publishers; Second edition edition (28 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849052662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849052665
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Vermeulen trained as a counsellor and educationalist and has worked for many years with children with autism. At present he is Autism Consultant and Lecturer at Vlaamse Dienst Autisme in the Netherlands, where he edits the bi-monthly magazine Autisme, and a freelance lecturer and trainer. He also works freelance at the Department of Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences and the Department of Sociology at the University of Leuven. He has published extensively on autism.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I'd hoped for!!! 4 May 2013
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I have been using the 1st edition of I am Special for some years now.
I run social skills groups and do 1:1 sessions with pupils with Asperger's syndrome in a large Secondary school.
I bought this 2nd edition book in the hope that it may be more up to date and offer new ideas. Sadly, I am rather disappointed with it. I found the layout rather complicated and the 'worksheets', although revamped and colourful, not always easy to understand.
The information text to support the worksheets is ok but the picture of the worksheet is really small and difficult to see so you have to have a PC available to be able to view the worksheet, this isn't always convenient, unless you have the time to print them all out. I also found them difficult to print off (but this could be a technical problem my end???.
I think i will use it on occasion but it is not as good or easy to use as the 1st edition.
I wish a 'take a look inside' option was available before i purchased it...but then, if there was, i honestly don't think I would have so maybe that's why there isn't!!!!
If, in a few months, when i have used it more and find it better than i think now, I will post a new, more positive review, but if i don't, then you know I'm still not terribly happy with it and am sticking with the good old 1st edition and the rest of my own designed 'stuff'!!!!!
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