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By Jennifer Cook O'Toole. ©2012.
As a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer O'Toole provides the definitive insider's view of Asperger syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and by exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.
This exciting book is full of effective and fun ways of engaging with children with Asperger syndrome. Jennifer explains how theory of mind difficulties create the need for concrete forms of communication, and provides original methods to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. In particular she reveals the untapped power of special interests, showing how to harness these interests to encourage academic, social and emotional growth.
Affirming that different doesn't mean defective, Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding, and Teaching Children with Asperger's Syndrome offers the insight and guidance that parents, educators, and other professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning. (Softcover; 192 pages.)
Jennifer O'Toole is also the author of The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens With Asperger Syndrome and Asperkid's Launch Pad: Home Design to Empower Everyday Superheroes.