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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843101378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843101376
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brenda Boyd's book is a well presented and easy-to read guide for any parent or carer of a child with Asperger syndrome. It could be equally useful for a teacher with an AS child in their class. The beauty of this book is that it focuses not just on the needs of the child but on those of the parent too. The tips and strategies are not confined just to dealing with challenging behaviour, but also to helping you cope with it. -- Communication I found this book to be very insightful with useful information and many valuable tips in dealing with some of the unique issues that we face with our children everyday. It can be read thoroughly from cover to cover where you will find all of the ideas, tips and strategies embedded in the main text. However, it can also be used as a quick reference guide for specific problems or concerns. -- The MAAP It would prove invaluable to successfully including a child with Asperger's in mainstream education as it is vital to understand the whole picture and, importantly, understand that parents have already developed the best strategies for their child through experience. As a teacher, I would like to see this book used as part of awareness training because, without an insight into what it is like to live with a child with Asperger's, no one can be expected to understand fully. However, as a parent, I appreciate Boyd's positive attitude which ensures readers will gain a sense of celebrating Asperger's as a life-enriching experience. -- Community Care Parenting A Child with Asperger Syndrome: 200 Tips and Strategies, by Brenda Boyd, is more than simply a book about a mother's personal experience in parenting and educating children with AS. In its four chapters the book contains many ideas, tips and strategies that could be invaluable for parents who are raising children with AS... not only is this book a quick read that will serve as an excellent resource for parents, but it could also be used as a guide in helping parents respond positively to the challenges of raising a child with AS and appreciating his or her unique way of being. -- Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities Social care managers and staff may wish to recommend this book to parents and carers of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) There is straightforward advice on how parents ca best look after themselves, avoid anxiety and gain an understanding of their child's condition. There is advice on 'bringing out the best in your child', but over half the book consists of tips and strategies on common problems and issues which can occur at school, home and elsewhere. All the guidance is presented accessibly, without jargon, and the author is clearly thoughtful and vastly experienced. -- Care and Health The most remarkable thing about Parenting a child with Asperger syndrome is that Brenda Boyd has been able to find the time to write such a gem of a book - a mere five years after her son's diagnosis! Primarily aimed at parents whose children have been newly diagnosed, this book is essential reading for such parents as well as being a very useful tool for "old hands" and professionals alike. Parenting a child with Asperger syndrome is an extremely practical guide in which Brenda writes from the heart, drawing on her considerable personal experience with her own son.she is able to dispense sound advice in the form of "200 Tips and Strategies", tempered with a mother's common sense, humour, insight and love. This is a book to be read from cover to cover, but it is also designed to be used to solve specific problems as they arise. Parenting a child with Asperger syndrome is the kind of book that should be handed to parents along with their child's diagnosis. -- Autism Spectrum Australia 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 This totally practical, unpretentious book is well worth reading. It contains a wealth of information, simply presented, from the heart. -- The National Association for Special Educational Needs

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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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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Manx Mann on 10 Aug. 2008
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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 By "kadlam76" on 3 Dec. 2005
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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 By M. Peeke on 1 Jan. 2008
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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 By Dr. Dawson on 8 Sept. 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By edrm on 16 Sept. 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 By Janestaffs on 16 Dec. 2012
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this book is fantastic. I had no idea what had hit me over the last 7 years managing a child who was loving but seemed so defiant and as high school came got much worse. After finally chasing a diagnosis I brought this book and all the worries I have had have know gone as this explains everything and gives ways and means of dealing with the issues presented. Very cleverly written and a must have. thanks for opening my eyes
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. N. MCNEILL on 11 May 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fount5 on 8 Nov. 2012
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Before we purchased this book, we looked at the other reviews and wondered if they were genuine or not. The only way to find out is to take the plunge and 'go for it' so to speak. We downloaded the book as we couldn't wait for it to be delivered. We read the first few chapters and browsed the rest to get a flavour of the content to see if it would help us or not. All I can say is, it does exactly what is says on the tin. We could associate the signs and melt-downs our child has and the ways to combat them, recognising the signs in advance, and trying to deal with them. We now use the book as a reference when something new crops up and it is starting to have an effect on the way we handle this. We are by no means out of the woods but do feel are are not alone and one month in, life is a little easier. Not only do us (the parents) have to learn how to deal with this, but we have been able to explain to siblings how to deal with our child. We have also been able to talk to our child when they have calmed down about what happened and what triggered the 'green rage' as we call it. One thing to remember which the book clearly points out is, your child loves you even though they say some awful things. Rise above this (it's not easy) and remember you are not alone. There should be more awareness of Aspergers in children especially in schools. Teachers who don't understand Aspergers and see it purely as naughty child syndrome at school would do well to have a copy of this book in their reading room.
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