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Crystal Puzzle: Growing Up with a Sister with Asperger's Paperback – 15 Jul 2014
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About the Author
Ashley Nance is an educator with a degree in Early Childhood/Special Education and an advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. She spends her time with her husband, three young children, and multiple writing projects in the great state of Texas. Her blog dedicated to siblings can be found at http: //www.ashesandtomatoes.wordepress.com.
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What makes this approach so interesting is the book isn't about getting a child to do what you want (parenting) or clinical differences (doctoring) or even personal struggles with one's disorder. Instead it's all about learning and acceptance. We get a chance to see Ashley interacting with her sister, Crystal from an early age and we learn about how things feel from a sibling's point of view.
Ashley's story covers a lot of ground including playground friendships and bullying, religious views, special needs teachers, sibling rivalries, jealousies and dating. There is a lot of good information here, particularly on female bullying and some of traits of Asperger's syndrome that lend themselves to exploitation.
Along the way Ashley talks openly and honestly about her feelings and her thought processes, some of which seem very unfair and judgemental at times. The thing to remember though is that Ashley is describing her feelings as a young girl, not her feelings as an adult. You also have to keep in mind that Asperger's syndrome was not as well understood twenty years ago as it is now.
While this book is about Crystal's journey to adulthood, it is really Ashley's journey that is of the greatest interest. Ashley shows us how non-autistic siblings can be affected by their autistic counterparts and how they can often feel the need to take on the role of "fixer".
The book aims to help siblings realize that they are not to blame for the poor choices made by siblings and ultimately promotes understanding and acceptance over the desire to control and fix individuals.
This is a book which is suitable for everyone but is most suited to teachers and to teenage siblings, cousins and best friends. The book is strongly Christian at times which may put some people off but the Christian language has one thing in its favour. There are no words or images which could make the book unsuitable for a teen to read.
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