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Living Your Best Life with Asperger's Syndrome: How a Young Boy and His Mother Deal with the Challenges and Joys of Being Eleven, Brilliant and Socially Absent (Lucky Duck Books) [Paperback]

Karra Barber
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8 Mar 2006 1412919606 978-1412919609
'Every year I read several manuscripts written by mothers about having a child with Asperger’s syndrome. The quality of manuscripts varies considerably. As soon as I started to read ‘Living Your Best Life with Asperger’s syndrome’ I knew it was going to be one of my favourite biographies. I was entranced by Karra’s descriptions of her son’s intellectual abilities, his perspective on life and sense of humour. The anecdotes illustrate aspects of Asperger’s syndrome perfectly. Professionals will have the ‘Ah ha!’ moment, as the descriptions of events and conversations are consistent with the theoretical models of Asperger’s syndrome. Both parents and professionals need to read this book, and then other children with Asperger’s syndrome will indeed live a better life' - Professor Tony Attwood

'This book is a worthwhile read and written in a very positive way. Many professionals will find the anecdotes evocative and perhaps illumination. There are also useful and practical tips and ideas noted throughout the book. I would happily recommend it to parents, especially those who are in the early days, post diagnosis and looking for information, ideas and a positive perspective' - Alison Leask, Chair of Autism, Argyll, Scotland

Effectively accommodating the social and academic needs of children on the autistic spectrum is an important task in every school. This book is a practical guide to benefit parents, teachers, Local Education Authorities and international autism organisations.

Each chapter provides a summary followed by anecdotal stories that illustrate a point, describing how a young boy navigates his way through the social challenges that he faces every day.

Issues covered include:

o diagnosis and recognizing the difference;

o providing support and understanding;

o communication;

o concrete thinking.

The focus of the writing is how to live your best life despite your difference. The book describes the problems and pain Karra faced as her son changed and encountered difficulties at every stage. She also demonstrates her resilience and determination and the book is a celebration of her son and their relationship.

'This is a very accessible book which would be helpful to parents and teachers meeting autism for the first time. The book charts a success story and as such should make an encouraging read. This would be well worth having a parents' group or staff room library.' - Special


Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications UK (8 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412919606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412919609
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,301,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Every year I read several manuscripts written by mothers about having a child with Asperger’s syndrome. The quality of manuscripts varies considerably. As soon as I started to read ‘Living Your Best Life with Asperger’s syndrome’ I knew it was going to be one of my favourite biographies. I was entranced by Karra’s descriptions of her son’s intellectual abilities, his perspective on life and sense of humour. The anecdotes illustrate aspects of Asperger’s syndrome perfectly. Professionals will have the ‘Ah ha!’ moment, as the descriptions of events and conversations are consistent with the theoretical models of Asperger’s syndrome. Both parents and professionals need to read this book, and then other children with Asperger’s syndrome will indeed live a better life' - Professor Tony Attwood

'This book is a worthwhile read and written in a very positive way. Many professionals will find the anecdotes evocative and perhaps illumination. There are also useful and practical tips and ideas noted throughout the book. I would happily recommend it to parents, especially those who are in the early days, post diagnosis and looking for information, ideas and a positive perspective' - Alison Leask, Chair of Autism, Argyll, Scotland

'This is a very accessible book which would be helpful to parents and teachers meeting autism for the first time. The book charts a success story and as such should make an encouraging read. This would be well worth having a parents' group or staff room library.' - Special

About the Author

Karra Barber is a full-time mother and advocate for her teenage son who has Asperger's Syndrome. She is the founder and facilitator of a well-established support group for parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum. She is the author of Living Your Best Life with Asperger's Syndrome and is a regular contributor to many autism magazines. Karra Barber resides in Northern California.

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By Mikdane
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It's a nice story. I like it.
Only, it gets tedious at times.
To use the story as a model for other parents will take a very high level of dedication. And somewhat supportive school authorities.

Still, the story is nice, and there may be tips for parents. Less of the mother and more tips would make it even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thomas 12 May 2011
By thomas
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loved reading this book imensely, very informative, and has put a great many things itno prospective... very inetrested in the schooling progression and ongoing support very much needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 5 May 2006
By Heather Rhinebeck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading this book, I felt empowered. Miss Barber makes you realize that your child is special and gives reassuring advice and examples from everyday experiences with her child. I don't know how many times I laughed out loud, while learning so much I needed to know.

I would recommend this book to everyone who has a child with Aspergers as well as anyone who knows someone with Aspergers. The "get it" factor is brilliant and so helpful. The writing is straight to the point, and easy to read. It's not above my head or too technical. This is the perfect book for parents who need help but don't know where to start.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering and Inspirational Story 8 Sep 2009
By Anne K. Porteous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book gives HOPE to all of us who have children on the autistic spectrum. It is pioneer's, like Karra, who share their experiential journey, and guides us to support systems available for our children. Each of us must travel a long , arduous journey with the challenges our children face. You must become their advocate, just as Karra has been for Thomas. Her book is well researched, personal, and yet, gives you enough references as to not overwhelm you as you read their story. I like how Karra shares views of Thomas' challenges, but even more important his gifts! Each of us needs to appreciate the uniqueness of these kids , and in turn you as their parent become even prouder of their accomplishments. I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for Aspergers parents 26 Aug 2009
By Meri Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a fun, practical and inspiring read for parents of children with Aspergers. With humor, common sense and love, the author relates story after story about the stops along the way of raising a child with Aspergers. The stories, some of them very funny, show us by example how we can all advocate for our children, problem solve, develop networks of support, interact positively as parents and, through it all and most of all, how we can appreciate, love and simply enjoy all the funny, quirky things that make our children so wonderful and special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for Anybody 21 Aug 2009
By Afton Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you want inspiration that will leave you laughing one minute and desperate to learn more the next, this is your book. Before reading this wonderfully witty text, I had absolutely no experience with Asperger's Syndrome. This book gives its Asperger's-ignorant reader a peak into a life that is not characterized by negativity, but by brilliance, humor, and a perspective on life that perhaps more of us should embrace ourselves. Karra Barber utilizes an incredibly personal voice, allowing the reader to share in her struggles and happiness. Barber uses such terms as "getting it", leaving me wondering if I would "get it" and therefore longing to learn more about Asperger's Syndrome. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who has little to no experience with Asperger's, for it gives a refreshing, unique, and needed perspective: that of finding extreme happiness because of a different way of seeing the world, not in spite of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living Your Best Life with Asperger's Syndrome 20 Aug 2009
By Nancy Arkwright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Karra has such insight. She shares a wealth of practical information. Her love and caring for her son really comes through. Her writing style is a delight to read. I have shared the book with many people. I hope she'll share more of her wisdom in a future book!
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