Martian in the Playground: Understanding the School Child with Asperger's Syndrome
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©2000. By Clare Sainsbury. This book specifically addresses what it is like to be a child with Asperger Syndrome (AS) in a school environment. Although the author was not diagnosed until the age of 20, she provides detailed accounts of her own difficulties in school, as well as those of other children with AS. Several key issues are discussed, including: communication and language; memory and attention; planning and organization; motivation and obsessions; bullying, teasing, and isolation; interactions with teachers; the sensory and motor environment; emotional and behavioral problems; and preparing for life after school. The author also offers her own views on diagnosis and labeling, normalization, and inclusion. Filled with examples, insights, and numerous personal stories, this book will benefit teachers, parents, and others who work with children with AS. (Softcover; 139 pages.)
-Winner of the 2000 Best Academic Book Award, National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN), Times Educational Supplement (TES).
©2007-2008. Autism Society of North Carolina.