Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome?: A Guide for Friends and Family
Meet Adam - a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. He helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS - he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This illustrated book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.
'This little gem of a book is intended to be shared by parents or a child with Asperger's Syndrome with friends, family and school professionals and peers so that they may understand asperger Syndrome. [It] could be a very effective tool in establishing understanding and a circle of friends for a child with Asperger's syndrome aged 6-12. It includes simple but charming illustrations by artist, Jane Telford, and an excellent list of resources at the end of the book. This book packs a lot of wisdom and information into a small package.' -Autism Coach Website 'This is a brief book written to explain Asperger Syndrome, both to classmates and individuals on the spectrum ... It is sufficiently brief for a young audience, but also gives good, specific examples.' -The MAAP 'Jude Welton gives the young child with Asperger's the power of his own voice in explaining himself to his friends. Her calm and deceptively simple approach is complemented by Jane Telford's reassuringly everyday pictures. Parents have needed this book for a very long time.' - Elizabeth Newson, Early Years Diagnostic Centre
'When I bought this book I wasn't sure how exactly I was going to use it. My eldest son has Asperger's syndrome and is 8 years old. I thought it might be useful for informing his friends and staff at school what life was like for Jack. The book is set out well and is very easy to read, it outlines all the key areas of difficulty or difference for a child with Asperger's. One evening my son was having difficulty understanding his brother's emotions and I remembered that there was a page on this in the book. My son read the page and then insisted on reading the whole book. After finishing it he had a big smile on his face and exclaimed that everything in the book was the same as him and therefore did he have Asperger's syndrome? He seemed so relieved to know that other children had the same problems and started to tell me all sorts about he sees life. The book has certainly opened a little floodgate of communication with my son and he is now proud enough to go to school and tell his friends he has Asperger's. It is also a good blueprint for writing a similar booklet with your child to give to his/her own friends.'
'When our eldest son was diagnosed with AS we needed something to give to his older sister to help her understand what was being said about him.We chose this book and found it an excellent introduction not just for her but also adults in contact with him (such as a TA at school).
In an ideal world this book would only be needed for other children but until then this is a simple, effective and very readable introduction to AS for adults and children alike.
Buy more than one copy to give away!'
'After my son's diagnosis two months ago at the age of six I have been reading various books about Asperger's. I stumbled across this gem of a book and would thoroughly recommend it as a fabulously potted explanation of the spectrum of symptons and characteristics of AS. I have found that explaining the syndrome to others can be quite tricky but this book accomplishes this and can be read and understood in thirty minutes. I would suggest that all close family members, friends, teachers and fellow pupils would benefit hugely from this little book. It is delivered in palatable sections that cover all the main aspects of Asperger's behaviour and in a way that is sympathetic and calm. I find myself re-reading this book every month to remind myself of my son's perspective - it's quite invaluable.'
'as others have said, this book clearly and concisely summarises how your child behaves differently - we originally got this from the library and as I read it for the first time it was as if is had been written especially to describe my 11 yr old son - have just ordered a copy to send around the family'
'Most of the pictures shown in this book remind me of my childhood! I was completely unaware of Asperger Syndrome in those days, though. Especially, the one on p.18, which seems to indicate the similar experiences in my 1st and 2nd elementary school days. Everybody enjoyed playing ball,while I was just watching the scene almost all the time, not knowing what to do. Nothing was so embarrassing and awkward than that, if you ask me. Of course, I had tried my best to interact with the other children, mainly because I felt quite lonely. However, I was so afraid of `screwing up' or my poor motor skill that I wouldn't join them to avert my embarrassment. In short, I was preoccupied with such mixed and complicated emotions!
I'm sure this book tells about the experiences of people with AS and/or autism not only in the past but the present. And that will give them a lot of opportunities to learn from their mistakes!'