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Top 5 My Top 5 Recommended Resources for Asperger's Syndrome

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Although I have read a number of books about Asperger's Syndrome, I wouldn't recommend all of them. I've tried to highlight books that will be of interest to parents or educators seeking a better understanding of Asperger's Syndrome and how to support students/children with the disorder. The following books reflects those I would highly recommend.

1. Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome

Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome is a User Guide to Adolescence. This book is written by 13 year old Luke Jackson and Luke has Asperger's Syndrome. He is an expert! An easy read and you'll find topics on Fascinations/Fixations, Senses, Diet, Support for Sleeping, Language, Learning, School, Bullying, Friendships, Dating and much more. All spoken from the heart. I gained so much insight from an adolescents perspective! A valuable read, jam packed with ideas and suggestions.

2. "You're Going to Love This Kid!"

This resource will be of interest to the educator who has Asperger's or Autstic students in the classroom. The book focuses on the Inclusive Model. It's a practical guide that combines lessons and research and provides both teachers with suggestions, ideas, advice and lessons for both younger and older students. You'll find information for planning that encourages these students, you'll learn how to enhance literacy, support and improve behaviors, and you'll have ideas to help communication.

3. Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Another excellent read for both parents and educators. This resource would be my first recommended read if you only just learned about Asperger's. You'll learn how Asperger's is diagnosed; what social behavior you might see and how to address it; how to support language, interest and routines; you'll come away with an understanding of the physical aspects and the sensory sensitivity these children exhibit and have all of your frequently asked questions answered and feel more able to support!

4. Finding a Different Kind of Normal

'My adventures with Asperger's Syndrome'. Another interesting read from an individual living with Asperger's. Jeanette Purkis spent her early life reacting violently against her feelings of embarrassment, anger and confusion about being 'different'. She was unaware until well into adulthood that everything she found difficult, including her lack of success in forming relationships, could be a result of having Asperger Syndrome. She takes you into the world of the Asperger's mind. Good read.

5. Bye Bye Balloon - Introductory Guide to Asperger's

It doesn't seem to matter who I recommend this book to, they have all given it the thumb's up. A mother's experience that takes you from the inital stage of diagnosis onward to acceptance. You'll come away with a better understanding of the impact it can have on these children and their families. An easy read with fabulous insight. I would recommend "Bye Bye Balloon" to anyone who wants to better understand their special-needs child, understand how the system works to gain support.

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