Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding, and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome

Author(s) : Jennifer Cook O'Toole

Asperkids: An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding, and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome

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As a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer Cook O'Toole provides a unique insider's look into Asperger Syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches. This book is full of original and effective methods for engaging with children with Asperger Syndrome.

The author discusses theory of mind, the necessity for concrete forms of communication, and ways to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. In particular she explores the untapped power of special interests, explaining how to harness these interests to encourage academic, social and emotional growth. Affirming that different doesn't mean defective, this book offers the insight and guidance that parents and professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Cook O'Toole was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in adulthood, and is the mother of three young Asperkids. She is the founder of Asperkids LLC, a multi-media social education company and is an international speaker on Aspie issues. She previously worked as a social worker, and a teacher in both special needs and mainstream education. In 2012 she was honored with a GRASP Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, as well as a Temple Grandin Award. She is the author of Asperkids, The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules, The Asperkid's Launch Pad, and The Asperkid's Not-Your-Average-Coloring-Book, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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