Quirky, Yes--hopeless, No

Quirky, Yes--hopeless, No

Practical Tips to Help your Child With Asperger's Syndrome Be More Socially Accepted

Book - 2009
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In Quirky, Yes--Hopeless, No , Dr. Cynthia La Brie Norall and Beth Brust present short lessons, structured around specific topics from A-Z that address the social challenges faced by Asperger's children and teens. Since everyday "people skills" do not come naturally to children with Asperger's, they need training in such simple activities as:

* How to greet others and make eye contact

*How to let go and move on to new tasks

* How to cooperate and ask for help

*How to pay compliments

*How to discern someone's true intentions

* How to handle teasing and bullying

* How not to be rude.

Based on Dr. Norall's twenty years of experience diagnosing and treating thousands with Asperger's, this book will share her insights gained from helping so many friendless Asperger's children become more approachable, less stuck, and finally able to make, and keep, a friend or two.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312558499
Characteristics: xxv, 354 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brust, Beth Wagner


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Jun 22, 2020

This is concerning. It's a book on teaching autistic children how to "mask" or hide their autistic traits from the neurotypicals around them. More and more research is coming out now showing how harmful this is to autistic people. Masking takes an incredible amount of mental energy and increases the frequency of burnouts and meltdowns.
The emphasis in autistic-allistic relations should be on teaching the allistics to be tolerant of autistic behaviors, NOT on teaching the autistic to fake being neurotypical. Making eye contact, for instance, can be literally painful to autistics. Not having eye contact made may be odd for a neurotypical but it won't hurt them.
Ultimately I would say this is not a book for anyone who wants to have a good long-term relationship with their autistic child. It won't teach you to educate them for their future success and happiness: it will teach you to train them for other's comfort.

Apr 16, 2020

As a mother with a child who has aspergers, I was pleased with finding this book. It had such practical tips for parents as well as children on how to be more socially accepted and gave insight into how the mind of an aspergers child works.

Mar 04, 2011

The authors offer many suggestions and tips that are concrete and doable to help parents, teachers and caregivers help kids with Asperger's syndrome. The emphasis on practicality is a refreshing change from the theoretical discussion that characterizes some of the other books dealing with this topic.


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