Asperger Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Teachers (Resource Materials for Teachers) Paperback – 1 Mar 1998
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"This is a practical, useful and informative book which will enhance the staffroom bookshelf of any school, special or mainstream, involved in the education of not only children with Asperger syndrome but those with wider spectrum disorders."-Special!
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Val Cumine is Senior Educational Psychologist, Lancashire. Julia Leach is Specialist Educational Psychologist (Early Years), Blackpool. Gill Stevenson is Autism Support Teacher, Blackburn.
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As a text it transcends all boundaries and should appeal to both parents and young professionals in teaching and mental health. There are many popular books on AS but most appear to market a particular viewpoint (or want suck you into attending expensive seminars). This book on the other hand is more of a 'can do' manual without the frills. Given its compact nature, the authors do a good job in reviewing current thinking. My only crib is that it isn't available in a pocket sized version. Unless you are a mental health professional, it is unlikely you will need to buy another book on AS. A strong statement, but a sincere reaction to this book (having read it about a dozen times).
This book has many strengths. It communicates the nature and relevance of diagnosis clearly to teachers; the theory of mind is admirably summarised and its implications for teachers are fleshed out with short, relevant examples; the tips for support assistants are superb; and its chapter on assessment brings much of the book together within a well thought out, practical assessment tool which can be easily implemented by practitioners.
But their attempt to summarise Hobson's ideas on 'theory of persons' in a paragraph will sound like gobbledegook to many teachers, as will the handful of sentences on TEACCH work systems; and the chapter on diagnosis simply brushes over everything outside DSM IV and ICD10, which risks leaving teachers and SENCOs in the dark if faced with anything else in reports. In these instances, it would have been better if the authors had admitted to the limitations of space, and alluded to other works, rather than attempting to tackle topics inadequately. Having said that, all the above topics stand up to scrutiny if the aim of this book is to support a two or three day course.
In short, an excellent book, but teachers will have to face up to the fact that further reading may well be required if they are coming to the subject without any previous knowledge or experience.
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Great book for those working with anyone on the autism spectrum.Published 18 months ago by Suzie-Mum Of Two
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