Over the past year or so, I’ve realized something about myself. I have a particular soft spot for people with Asperger Syndrome. Special Education used to require teachers to get an endorsement in a specific disability (versus the broad special ed certification we have now). If we still had that, I would definitely pursue Asperger Syndrome or something within the Autism Spectrum. Nonetheless, I still desire to become more educated on these conditions. Thus, I want to do some reviews of books on this topic.
The first book is called Asperkids: An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome. It is actually a very nice way to introduce you (my readers) to Asperger Syndrome. This book is written by an Aspie, Jennifer Cook O’Toole. Jennifer is married to a man with, has children who have, and has taught other children who have AS. So, if that’s not insider’s knowledge on being/dealing with Asperkids (kids who have Asperger Syndrome), then I don’t know what is.
My Thoughts on Asperkids
I will admit that I was very impressed with this book. It is filled with information on Asperger Syndrome, as in what it’s like to have it. I think I’m very close to someone who has it. So, any insight into this condition is very helpful. The book is great for communicating with anyone who has AS, not just Asperkids. Although, it definitely contains some very good tips for teaching Asperkids. I was impressed by Jennifer’s ideas for assignments. I will definitely be keeping this book to use (hopefully in my future classroom). I was surprised by how detailed this book was (in a good way). Jennifer attempts to provide the reader with many techniques and tools for both teaching and loving Asperkids.
If you know an Asperkid or think someone has Asperger Syndrome, you will enjoy this book. Granted, some of the social situations Jennifer was put in were hard to read about as I hate to know anyone was treated poorly. Nonetheless, I know this is often the case for Asperkids. The book makes the reader more aware of the difficulties Asperkids face. For that alone, Jennifer should be applauded. I really liked this book because it was honest yet hopeful (which isn’t always the case with books on this topic). So, thank you Jennifer for a refreshing book on Asperkids.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Asperkids. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.