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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books (Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399530703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399530708
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Title: Parenting Your Asperger Child( Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: AlanT.Sohn <>Publisher: PerigeeBooks

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Before Asperger's syndrome appeared as a high form of autism in 1994 in the American Psychiatric Association's manual, it was no more than a footnote in history. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mum on 24 April 2011
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This book is written by two professionals who have enormous practical experience in helping children with Asperger's cope with the world and live in it more happily.
It is American and not particularly well edited - it is clearly written by two separate individuals who, whilst they agree on the main points, have different ways of working.
However, their strength is clearly in their understanding of Asperger's rather than in their book writing, and the ideas in the book are fantastic.

It actually helps you see how it is possible to help your child to gain a better understanding of the world around them and learn new ways of operating.

I have tried many of the techniques they suggest. I won't say it's easy as you have to be very clear and consistent, but I have had some real success in changing aspects of my son's behaviour. It has given me the ability to help him rather than just manage him. I now have real hope for his future.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Great suggestions, but NOT an AS parenting overview 2 Feb. 2006
By Suzanne Amara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The title of this book would lead you to think it's about, well, parenting your AS child. However, it's much more focused than that---it's almost all about managing difficult behaviors that your child with AS shows. It's very good at what it does---the suggestions are very solid and very practical. However, they have the feel of ideas that would work much better in a classroom or a therapy session than at home. The book makes little to no mention of so many aspects of home life with Aspergers---siblings being one I find very significantly omitted, probably because you don't need to deal with siblings of a child at school or at therapy.

I liked the breakdown of different types of kids with AS (called things like Anxiety Boy). I haven't often seen it acknoledged how different kids with AS are from each other.

I think my main complaint about this book was its completely humorless tone. It seemed to see life with an AS child as an extremely serious and tough life---one where we must be vigilent every moment to make sure we handle the tough realities of their behavior correctly. That's not how I see my life, and I know a lot of other parents with kids with AS, and I can say that we mainly are a crowd that does enjoy life, even with our quirky kids!

I think this book is worth a read---it has great suggestions and is obviously well researched and written by professionals who care about kids. But it over-reaches if it aims to be a guide to parenting these complex and wonderful kids.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Best of the Best!!! 25 May 2005
By L. Bonner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a son with Asperger's, not diagnosed until age thirteen, and I've probably bought every book out there on the subject. I have to say this book is far and away THE BEST and most useful one I've ever gotten. I just came across it a couple of weeks ago while browsing in a bookstore, and just flipping through it I could tell it was just what I'd been looking for. So many of the other books describe behaviors that seem to fit a majority of Aspies, but that didn't quite fit my son. I felt SO relieved to see the chapter on subtypes, to know that other children out there are like my son (no outburts, no impulsive behaviors or inappropriate communication, but very rigid, uninterested in friendships or independence at age 15, and with anxiety through the roof). To the authors: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I recommend this book to every Aspie parent I meet now, and tell them it's a 'must' for their libraries. Please write more!!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Parenting Your Asperger Child Best Book I have found! 20 Mar. 2006
By S. Boberg - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book because I was looking for a few ideas for assisting my son and got a lot more than I had even hoped for. This book gives an overview of the many types of asperger traits and how these traits might play out in real life. For instance, my son is an emotional high anxiety Aspie, and this book provides actual type conversations with each type of asperger child. I found the conversations helpful because they taught me the best method of asking questions and of assisting my son to a less emotional state.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone needing more directed information. Absolutely wonderful book; easy to read and comprehend.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Basic How-to Directions 8 Feb. 2005
By William McNeill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As with any book about helping children with Asperger's Syndrome, the suggestions/recommendations provided do not fit all children. There is simply too much diversity within the Asperger population to allow blanket statements or approaches to address more than a handful of people with this condition. The authors have done a very good job in presenting many approaches with the express reminder that all solutions will not apply to all children.

I found the book to be a confirmation of the approach I have taken with my child and an encouragement to expand on these solutions. Having Asperger's Syndrome myself, many of the suggestions were already in place due to my personal experiences growing up. Still, there were several new approaches or modifications that were helpful since there are differences between my child and me.

My wife found this book much more useful than I did since she does not have any personal experience to draw upon in dealing with social situations from an Asperger perspective. This book should prove helpful to parents who do not personally struggle with social skills de to Asperger's Syndrome; parents who face such struggles may also find value here.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Can't do without this book ... 25 Mar. 2005
By M. Dean - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the book I have been looking for. It seems to be written with the understanding that the parents of an Aspie may need to have material presented to them in the same way their child does (it is mainly genetic ... right?). The book offers helpful, practical and doable solutions to the everyday issues parents are handling with their Aspie child. All of us parents know when a writer/psychologist/doctor really "gets it" and believe me these two understand what it takes to help our children. This book has helped me calm MY anxiety about doing good by my son and to have a better picture of his future. You will not be able to put it down.
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