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All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome Hardcover – 15 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Age Range: 7 years and up
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (15 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843104814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843104810
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
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A nice choice for explaining AS to young siblings or classmates, gets some serious business done in a non-threatening, unchallenging way. If the reader in question loves cats, all the better, because there are some real cuties in here. Sometimes simplicity is a virtue, and a kindly package like this on can be invaluable in providing enlightenment in others and empowerment to your child. -- Terri Mauro, About.com A warm and understanding approach to the syndrome and those people affected by it. Each page has a beautiful glossy photograph of an endearing kitten or cat doing something a child with Asperger Syndrome might do, such as taking a risk with no idea of the danger he might get into. Accompanying each photo is a short sentence or phrase, explaining how such a child may feel, think or act under certain circumstances. It is a heart-warming and encouraging book and ideal for anybody who cares for an Asperger child, although I would recommend everybody to read it at least once (I have now read it four times), as it helps those of us who are ignorant of this condition to understand it more fully. I found this book to be both poignant and humorous, without being patronising. I believe the author has aimed to educate and inform but without overwhelming the reader with statistics or technical jargon. In my opinion she has achieved this aim. -- The National Child Minding Association All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome is a great addition for the coffeetable for any residence. I would also suggest this for therapist, doctor and school offices. The audience will gain insights through the delightful photographs of cats and kittens in various forms of play and vivid times of distress, alone time and funny mishaps along the way. -- BellaOnline Reviews I recommend the children's book called All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, which was writtern by Kathy Hoopmann. This 72 page Asperger Syndrome (AS) children's book uses text and more than 70 photos of kitty cats to illustrate how these furry and unpredictable creatures reflect AS tendencies and traits. As a person with AS and who owns a cat, I can relate to the premise of the book. -- Roy A. Barnes, Associatedcontent.com 'Illuminated with delightful colour photographs it compares-touchingly and humorously - the characteristics shared by cats and those with Asperger's. An ideal introduction to the world of Asperg. It uses lovely photographs of cats to outline many characteristics of Aspergers, and could be really useful resource to help children(and adults) who don't have Asperger Syndrome to understand the experience of those who do'. -- Learning Support In a heartwarming, playful and endearing way, the author has created a wonderful book that promotes understanding of difference, is positive and hopeful for all. I can't recommend this book enough for parents and children alike, who will get a lot of pleasure reading it together and looking at the pictures. Left on the coffee table for friends and relatives to read would be a great way of increasing their understanding too. -- Connected In her 2006 picture book, Australian author Kathy Hoopmann uses a familiar and beloved subject for many children - cats - to explain and human neurological condition. Some behaviour of children with Asperger's might seem unusual to others their age, but Hoopmann patiently demystifies it. Imagine: an enjoyable didactic book. It's a rare combination, but this creative approach pulls it off. -- Chicken Spaghetti Blog My nine year old Grand-daughter Emma has just been diagnosed with Autism, but to my knowledge has never heard the word Aspergers. I thought that I would read the book to her. After listening up to page 13, she said, "This is a book about my problems not a cats problem at all." I progressed through the book showing her the pictures, which she found highly amusing, and through provoking making comments all along. I myself though that the book should be one that is on all schools bookshelves to introduce to teachers and children into the world of 'different' children who have problems that need careful handling. -- Linchpin Journal The one thing I notice most about cats, and respect them for, is their independence. It's a funny thing because this is also what I notice about my Aspie friends. In fact, I see this in my own life as well. It's a unique quality that sets us apart from most other humans. Just like cats are not like dogs. I mean we wouldn't want them to be, would we? Kathy's humorous book that highlights the unique qualities of individuals with Asperger's has us "down to a T". -- Wendy Lawson They are independent, adventurous and bright but can often leave you utterly bewildered - a description that will have cat-lovers everywhere nodding in agreement. It will also ring a bell for those with friends with Asperger Syndrome. Through the harmony of words and photos, Hoopman's clever sense of humour opens up the world of Asperger to reveal the potential and the individuality that is so often misunderstood. -- Mychild This book is touching, humorous and gives a great insight, and evokes the joys and challenges of raising a child who is different - a child with Autism. It leaves the reader with a sense of the individuality and the wonderful potential of people with Asperger Syndrome. This is such a great picture book which not only expresses the feelings of an Autistic person in a way that children can understand but also for adults as well. Definitely a book for all. -- BFK Books.com This is a wonderful, insightful resource for helping students and teachers better understand Asperger Syndrome. The author discusses common personality traits of those with Aspergers and desribes those traits in a playful yet serious manner which helps to elicit empathy and understanding. -- Jaime Parker, Librarian, Irving Independent School District, Irving, TX Two books (All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD both by Kathy Hoopmann) that use a novel, photographic approach to exploring the characteristic personality traits of ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome... Must-have titles for parents with children diagnosed with either of these conditions, and also for Special Needs co-ordinators and Inclusion Manager... Both highly recommended. -- ACHUKA children's blog What an absolutely charming book! Adorable, funny, interesting photographs of cats are combined with simple, accurate information about Asperger Syndrome in this little gem. It is a PERFECT way to introduce Asperger Syndrome to classmates, neighbors, friends, helpers and community at large. This book should be in the home of every family with a loved one on the spectrum. It should NEVER be on a bookshelf. It should be in someone's hands being shared with someone else! -- The MAAP When I first saw the title of this book I was rather intrigued as I have a son who has AS who loves cats. So we both sat down to read it together and right from the start we couldn't stop chuckling. The way the author has put the photos together with how Asperger affects the individual is brilliant. We gave it to people who don't really have a great understanding of Asperger Syndrome and it gave them a better insight into what the world is really like for people who have Asperger. Just an Excellent book. -- Communication Magazine, by NAS

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A nice choice for explaining AS to young siblings or classmates, gets some serious business done in a non-threatening, unchallenging way. If the reader in question loves cats, all the better, because there are some real cuties in here. Sometimes simplicity is a virtue, and a kindly package like this on can be invaluable in providing enlightenment in others and empowerment to your child. (Terri Mauro, About.com)

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome is a great addition for the coffeetable for any residence. I would also suggest this for therapist, doctor and school offices. The audience will gain insights through the delightful photographs of cats and kittens in various forms of play and vivid times of distress, alone time and funny mishaps along the way. (BellaOnline Reviews)

A warm and understanding approach to the syndrome and those people affected by it. Each page has a beautiful glossy photograph of an endearing kitten or cat doing something a child with Asperger Syndrome might do, such as taking a risk with no idea of the danger he might get into. Accompanying each photo is a short sentence or phrase, explaining how such a child may feel, think or act under certain circumstances.

It is a heart-warming and encouraging book and ideal for anybody who cares for an Asperger child, although I would recommend everybody to read it at least once (I have now read it four times), as it helps those of us who are ignorant of this condition to understand it more fully.

I found this book to be both poignant and humorous, without being patronising. I believe the author has aimed to educate and inform but without overwhelming the reader with statistics or technical jargon. In my opinion she has achieved this aim.

(The National Child Minding Association)

I recommend the children's book called All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome, which was writtern by Kathy Hoopmann. This 72 page Asperger Syndrome (AS) children's book uses text and more than 70 photos of kitty cats to illustrate how these furry and unpredictable creatures reflect AS tendencies and traits. As a person with AS and who owns a cat, I can relate to the premise of the book. (Roy A. Barnes, Associatedcontent.com)

'Illuminated with delightful colour photographs it compares-touchingly and humorously - the characteristics shared by cats and those with Asperger's. An ideal introduction to the world of Asperg. It uses lovely photographs of cats to outline many characteristics of Aspergers, and could be really useful resource to help children(and adults) who don't have Asperger Syndrome to understand the experience of those who do'. (Learning Support)

In a heartwarming, playful and endearing way, the author has created a wonderful book that promotes understanding of difference, is positive and hopeful for all. I can't recommend this book enough for parents and children alike, who will get a lot of pleasure reading it together and looking at the pictures. Left on the coffee table for friends and relatives to read would be a great way of increasing their understanding too. (Connected)

In her 2006 picture book, Australian author Kathy Hoopmann uses a familiar and beloved subject for many children - cats - to explain and human neurological condition. Some behaviour of children with Asperger's might seem unusual to others their age, but Hoopmann patiently demystifies it. Imagine: an enjoyable didactic book. It's a rare combination, but this creative approach pulls it off. (Chicken Spaghetti Blog)

My nine year old Grand-daughter Emma has just been diagnosed with Autism, but to my knowledge has never heard the word Aspergers. I thought that I would read the book to her. After listening up to page 13, she said, "This is a book about my problems not a cats problem at all." I progressed through the book showing her the pictures, which she found highly amusing, and through provoking making comments all along. I myself though that the book should be one that is on all schools bookshelves to introduce to teachers and children into the world of `different' children who have problems that need careful handling. (Linchpin Journal)

The one thing I notice most about cats, and respect them for, is their independence. It's a funny thing because this is also what I notice about my Aspie friends. In fact, I see this in my own life as well. It's a unique quality that sets us apart from most other humans. Just like cats are not like dogs. I mean we wouldn't want them to be, would we? Kathy's humorous book that highlights the unique qualities of individuals with Asperger's has us "down to a T". (Wendy Lawson)

They are independent, adventurous and bright but can often leave you utterly bewildered - a description that will have cat-lovers everywhere nodding in agreement. It will also ring a bell for those with friends with Asperger Syndrome. Through the harmony of words and photos, Hoopman's clever sense of humour opens up the world of Asperger to reveal the potential and the individuality that is so often misunderstood. (Mychild)

This book is touching, humorous and gives a great insight, and evokes the joys and challenges of raising a child who is different - a child with Autism. It leaves the reader with a sense of the individuality and the wonderful potential of people with Asperger Syndrome.

This is such a great picture book which not only expresses the feelings of an Autistic person in a way that children can understand but also for adults as well. Definitely a book for all.

(BFK Books.com)

This is a wonderful, insightful resource for helping students and teachers better understand Asperger Syndrome. The author discusses common personality traits of those with Aspergers and desribes those traits in a playful yet serious manner which helps to elicit empathy and understanding. (Jaime Parker, Librarian, Irving Independent School District, Irving, TX)

Two books (All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD both by Kathy Hoopmann) that use a novel, photographic approach to exploring the characteristic personality traits of ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome... Must-have titles for parents with children diagnosed with either of these conditions, and also for Special Needs co-ordinators and Inclusion Manager... Both highly recommended. (ACHUKA children's blog)

What an absolutely charming book! Adorable, funny, interesting photographs of cats are combined with simple, accurate information about Asperger Syndrome in this little gem. It is a PERFECT way to introduce Asperger Syndrome to classmates, neighbors, friends, helpers and community at large. This book should be in the home of every family with a loved one on the spectrum. It should NEVER be on a bookshelf. It should be in someone's hands being shared with someone else! (The MAAP)

When I first saw the title of this book I was rather intrigued as I have a son who has AS who loves cats. So we both sat down to read it together and right from the start we couldn't stop chuckling. The way the author has put the photos together with how Asperger affects the individual is brilliant. We gave it to people who don't really have a great understanding of Asperger Syndrome and it gave them a better insight into what the world is really like for people who have Asperger. Just an Excellent book. (Communication Magazine, by NAS)

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This is the fifth time I have bought this book, every time I loan this book to someone I never seem to get it back! A fantastic book to introduce a child/young person/family to a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. It is done in a humorous and gentle way, many of the children I have read this book with started nodding in understanding of what the photo's illustrate. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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This book is delightful and a real esteem booster and confidence raiser for any little aspie who thinks they're alone on the world !
" how did the author know me?" Mine laughed several times .... We still have fun noting the aspie antics of the neighbourhood cats .
Also a nice way to introduce siblings grandparents and others to a succinct but accurate check list of Aspergia.
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When my daughter was recently diagnosed with Asperger's, the first thing was to explain to her what it all meant. I looked into the various books written for children on the subject but, to my dismay, most of them included words such as 'Alien' 'Geek' 'Freak' etc. Since I wanted to reassure her that she was not 'abnormal' and that there was nothing to be ashamed of, these were not books I wanted to expose her to! I bought a copy of a book called Dude, I'm An Aspie! Kids' Edition which I thought looked fun and easy to understand but there was one mention of 'alien' in there which she became distressed about. Then I stumbled across 'All Cats Have Asperger's' and, since my daughter is a cat lover, thought I didn't have much to lose. I vetted it beforehand and thought it looked harmless enough, plus it was endorsed by our neuropsychologist. My daughter loved it from the moment she set eyes on it and kept referring to how the emotions and traits mentioned in the book were like her own. The fact that they could be linked to a cute cat did help her too on a psychological level - if people can love cats for these traits then surely they wouldn't be horrible to a human for them. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book as a good introduction to Asperger's for children recently diagnosed with the condition and also for those who are around them, such as family, friends and teachers. It doesn't take long to read, it's not a daunting tome of science - it's just a quick summary of what Asperger's might mean. Obviously there are meatier titles out there with much more detail but for a sensitive and gentle introduction to Asperger's I don't think there's anything else out there that beats this.
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my 8 year old has aspergers which he understands to his satisfaction but my 6 year old struggled to understand his brother in some ways so we got this book. its funny, insightful and just lovely. my 6 year old doesn't really understand it perfectly as its aimed at older ages i assume but he keeps it with him and loves it. he feels special now too as his brother has lots of things that are 'his and no one elses'-now my 6 year old has one too.
its a long book-i was expecting 10 pages or something but it has plenty in there and was well worth the money. it also states things in a unique way so that they can apply to almost any individual instead of it all being the boxed, usual assumptions about aspergers syndrome.
i never realised that cats are so much like aspies! i love my cat a little more now.
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This book is absolutely brilliant. It is very simple and written in a way children can read but is also great for adults. It's a short book with some very cute pictures in of cats.
Realising that my brother may have Aspergers (who is an adult and currently waiting for an assessment) I ordered this book. It almost brought me to tears, it is so touching. When my brother read it he said it made sense and I really think it made it easier for him knowing that there are others out there who also feel so different. This really is a fantastic book.
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I feel really disappointed by this book, it focuses/high lights on the bad points and not the good points. I felt sad reading it to my daughter reading a aspergus child gets bullied, an aspergus child is lonely an aspergus child talks to much over and again till the other person is board. Sorry but this book upset my 6 year. A child does not need to have their bad points told with out any explanation. they need to know their qualitys and strengths, I don't think it will help my child grow a better person
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Good book to explain to children with autism what their symptoms are. Also to explain to sibblings. My son is 6 and I am not sure he got it all, but his big sister (8) understood what her brother's autism meant with these cute pictures
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I'm on a quest to try to get my younger two understand their older brother a bit better, and this book has truly made an impact!! Not ashamed to admit I cried a bit when I first read it (but then I've shed a few tears over the years for my aspie) but my moment was watching my 6 year old with his older brother reading the book and discussing each page - I feel we might have a break through and a turning point. Its very sensitively written and will bring a smile to even the most hardened critic, and Lord knows I am certainly that!!! 10 stars if I could!!!
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