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on 7 July 2004
Scouring the ranks of Aspie books, it is sometimes difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff before committing oneself to buy. This book is one of the more useful of its kind for both parents and professionals involved with Adolescent Aspies. It contains numerous practical bits of advice and tips on how to make life easier for the young Aspie, his or her family, teachers and friends. It investigates many potentially difficult areas such as diet, sexuality, school inclusion, home tuition, relationships, psychotherapy and medication strategies - as well as offering several personal insights into the lives of a number of youngsters with this syndrome. Each chapter covers a specific area of interest, making it quite easy to dip into on matters of particular concern. It is written in a refreshingly down-to-earth, approachable style by experts in their fields and (joy of joys) does not have an exclusively American bias. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in finding out more about what it means to have Asperger's in Adolescence.
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on 28 November 2012
I was looking forward to reading this book as although there are lots of books about younger children with AS, there are few aimed solely for parents of teenagers.There were some interesting and useful chapters; I particularly liked the thought-provoking chapter on sexuality and the hilarious 'Domino Effect' (parenting) written by Jacqui Jackson, mother of the author of Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence I have three children, two of whom are on the autistic spectrum. Jacqui has seven children, four with a diagnosis of autism. How she manages, I do not know but she's still able to laugh.
There were a couple of very dry chapters, which I just skimmed. These were entitled 'Cognitive Behaviour Therapy' and 'Disclosure for People on the Autistic Spectrum' They may have been more suitable for professionals, rather than parents.
There were two chapters I found really irritating. One was 'Settling into a Diagnosis' and the other 'the Importance of Occupational Therapy'. The former spoke about the many wonderful therapies available for your newly diagnosed child. Our experience was a five minute appointment, after months of assessment, to be told 'Yes, it's Asperger's Syndrome, I'll see you again in six months'. End of. Where we live, there is neither support nor services. Similarly, even if there were services available, or if one had unlimited money to buy them, I do not know how it would be possible to find the time to implement even half the suggestions. The chapter is broken down into subsections dealing with sensory integration, tactile provision, oral provision, auditory provision, aural, olfactory and vestibular and proprioceptive provisions. Here's just half a dozen of the twenty-odd recommendations from the last subsection:

Snow or water tubing
Do aerobics or pilates
Learn to ride a unicycle
Use an inversion traction unit (!)
Plant trees and dig gardens
Join a Wrestling club

The author goes on to say 'Sensory integration treatment should focus on providing graded ..activities that are designed to challenge the brain...a sensory rich diet designed by a qualified occupational therapist could make a significant difference in the teen's ability ...' Hmmm. Back in the real world, we have to get on with it as best we can.

Finally, unlike the previous reviewer, I found the book to be very American. Out of 13 chapters, 10 are written by American or Canadian authors. Naturally enough, everything was therefore, discussed with an American slant; visiting the Doctor's office, problems in (Junior)High School etc. I often found it hard to relate to what they were saying and would have liked more balance in the authors.

To sum up, there are chapters of worth and some interesting material scattered throughout. Doubtless people will get different benefits from different parts. My honest advice is to borrow it from the library before parting with the best part of £15.
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on 24 January 2016
Found other books like guide to aspergers syndrome more helpful
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on 16 September 2015
Good read for understanding this condition
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on 15 August 2015
no problems
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