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Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome: 200 Tips and Strategies [Paperback]

Brenda Boyd
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1 Oct 2003
For parents of children with Asperger Syndrome ordinary parenting just doesn't always do it - AS kids need a different approach. Brenda is mother to thirteen-year-old Kenneth, author of Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything, and since his diagnosis at the age of eight she has gathered together the parenting ideas and tips that have had a positive effect on Kenneth's life. Brenda discusses parents' reaction to their child's AS and gives advice on how better to understand 'Planet Asperger' This book helps parents to respond positively to the challenge of AS and find the 'treasure' in their child's way of being.

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'This book is brilliant. I've read it through, re-read sections and still want to pick it up and dip into it. The approach is very refreshing - easy to read, practical and realistic... So many parents are going to breathe a sigh of relief when they read this book.' - Julie Connell, Educational Psychologist

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Brenda Boyd lives in Northern Ireland with her husband Chris and her son Kenneth Hall, who is the author of Asperger Syndrome, the Universe and Everything, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written with Respect and Understanding 10 Aug 2008
I have Asperger's Syndrome, an adult and married. I highly recommend ths book for adults too as the tips and strategies given are useful to anyone (children and adults) with Asperger's Syndrome and their respective Neuro Typical parents or parteners in life.

Unlike most books on Asperger's Syndrome, Berenda Boyd shows a great deal of respect, understanding and acceptance of Asperger's Syndrome. The book is in an easy to read unfussy style providing a clear guide that is broken down into understandable sections, practical and realistic, extremely well written book to just dip into or be read and re-read and keep referring back to time and time and again. Brenda really knows what she is talking about.

Brenda Boyd's positive attitude ensures readers will gain a sense of celebrating Asperger's as a life-enriching experience.

I especially like the very end of the book REPORT FROM PLANET ASPERGER which I always take with me where ever I am in the world. This shows people with Asperger's in their true light. Planet Asperger "would probably be kinder, safer and more truthful than this world" & "But perhaps the most special feature of all on Planet Asperger is the great respect given to children and their values."

I also liked how she compared Asperger's to Neuro Typicals akin to comparing trains to cars. As an Asperger, which ever way the tracks are laid, that's the way our train goes.

The intended audience is wide but the book's title could restrict the readership to parents and carers only, which would be a shame.

I highly recommend this book and think it is worth every penny.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the book shelf! 3 Dec 2005
I have read numerous 'Asperger' related books and have found this one certainly refreshing. By that I mean I have read biographies, text book based information books and various other books to help me understand aspects of Asperger Syndrome but this one I keep going back to. It is practical and interesting. If you are a parent of an AS child, then I personally recommend you buy this book for your bookshelf! You don't have to read it cover to cover (although I did find it interesting enough to do this) You can just keep 'dipping' into it when you feel you could do with a tip or stratagy. And yes, they really do work!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A godsend 1 Jan 2008
My 4-year-old has recently received a preliminary diagnosis of AS. I borrowed this book from the library by chance and it is so brilliant and practical and positive that I'm just logging on to Amazon at the moment to buy loads more copies for family, friends and teachers. Not only does it help you understand how your child thinks and feels but it provides very specific tips on dealing with AS behaviour which is working wonders on my daughter after just a month. Brenda Boyd - if you happen to read this - I want to say a very sincere and heartfelt thank you for changing my life and my daughter's.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying for practical help 8 Sep 2010
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So much of this book reflects our experiences with our own son. I agree with other reviewers that most, if not all, of the strategies will work. It's a great book to dip into as and when needed. Our son does not have the social isolation problems that many AS kids have, but it certainly explains why his tantrums which started at 18 months still haven't stopped yet, 9 years later! Perhaps the subtitle should have been 'Nerves of steel and the patience of a saint'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I found this book very down to earth and practical. It dealt with everyday issues in a sensible way.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parenting a child with Asperger Syndrome 29 Dec 2007
Really useful book by someone who knows what it is like. I have even bought a copy for a friend.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Practical Book, Isn't It!? 16 Sep 2008
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I'm sure this book is very useful for adults with Asperger Syndrome as well as kids with AS and parents with AS children! The main reason is that this work is quite easy to understand and practical. Although I'm still single, I can see that raising AS and/or autistic children has been very stressful for their parents. Ordinary parenting doesn't always work when it comes to dealing with people with AS and other developmental disabilities. I think it is because this is exactly what ordinary people have never experienced before, which makes them harder to cope with. Certainly, most developmentally challenged people seem or look almost the same as any other people around them. However, they have been feeling different and distant from ordinary people, which is likely to lead to social inferiority and low self-confidence. I'm not the exception because I was diagnosed as ADHD and PDD(=Pervasive Developmental Disorder) when I was 34.
That's why I strongly feel that Parenting a Child With Asperger Syndrome: 200 Tips and Strategies will apply to my daily life. I know it is so difficult to carry out 100% of what is written in this book. But I'll try my best to cope with my difficulties in my life by comprehending gradually what she is driving at.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a parent of a child with AS 24 Nov 2010
As a parent of a child with AS I found this book very beneficial. If you are expecting your health care provider to provide you with information about this syndrome, you may be waiting. I found the tips in this book very useful as a means of understanding our special little man and also as a way of making our time together more enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
I love this book, I cannot overstate it enough. My son (6) has Aspergers (now called high functioning autism) and this book completely changed our lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zanny
5.0 out of 5 stars thank u
Very helpful and well written from tge parents point of view not a doctor which is the usual. Thank u
Published 5 months ago by katherine shortt
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Such a helpful book that can be dipped into whenever you need some help and survival strategies. Great ideas that actually work with a child with Aspergers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hadders
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoyed reading this very helpful book. It was clearly written and helpful to parents with a child with as
Published 6 months ago by Teresa Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars good for granny's too
Excellent reference book and would recommend to anyone who needs more info about behaviour management and tips re managing same
Published 12 months ago by derek legg antony
5.0 out of 5 stars just what I needed
This book does what it says on the tin, great tips, that are easy to put in place in everyday life.
Published 12 months ago by marmite
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tips and strategies
This book was useful for tips and strategies however I didn't get anything extra that I couldn't get from
A website which was disappointing
Published 13 months ago by Mrs K A Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars really, really useful
This is a very useful book, full of good tips and tried strategies. I felt it was really helpful to learn and apply some of these tips.
Published 14 months ago by mma
5.0 out of 5 stars A no-nonsense, compassionate approach to parenting a child with...
I found this book a great read as the mother of a child newly diagnosed with AS. It acknowledges the common difficulties caused by AS without being too definitive - after all,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Grainne T
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really useful
I did not find this book particularly useful. It assumes that all children are diagnosed either before attending school or soon after starting school and that parents have a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Ep Jones
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