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Detailed below are some books on aspergers syndrome that we like and other things that we have found enhance the wellbeing of our son with aspergers. We do not believe autistic people should be 'cured' or bullied into behaving in neuro-typical ways. They are great just as they are - clever, individual, honest. Let's respect them and listen to them - the world needs new ideas and perspectives and they have them! Our family blog is now here.
Our section on home education, a truly individual, respectful form of learning.
We have found the Relax Kids range of audio products very effective at reducing anxiety and anger and boosting self esteem. Some products of this type do not work well for those on the autistic spectrum, sometimes even having the opposite of the intended effect, but our experience of these is very good, the nature meditations being the absolute favourite.
We highly recommend Goodness Direct as an online health food shop - orders over £35 get free delivery. It stocks many things we find helpful such as hemp oil, flax oil, spirulina (good in smoothies) and many lovely foods. It even has a special section for those on the gluten and casein free diet, put together with the help of a mother of a boy with aspergers.
related books: Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Different Sensory Experiences, Different Perceptual Worlds Olga Bogdashina has written a wonderful book here Ė helpful in very practical ways and quite refreshingly non-patronising in itís manner of looking at autism and the associated sensory and perceptual issues. There is evidence that these may be at the core of ASDs and what is actually physiological has been treated as purely psychological for far too long by the so called experts. A fascinating read. Buy UK or Buy USA
The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Attwood. Probably as comprehensive as it comes at the moment, with a really good chapter on sensory issues. Very well indexed and referenced, good for looking up any issue that comes up. Attwood is also very respectful of people with aspergers, even noting that some of the amazing brain power they have could be the next step in human evolution. Buy UK or Buy USA
House Rules by Jodi Picoult is a very well researchd novel in which the main character has aspergers. I was a bit scared to read it as I knew he was going to be accused of murder and I was worried how this would be dealt with. I need not have feared, Picoult has included so much recent research and positive stuff in here with all the rest. Jacob is a highly believable and likeable young aspergian, though given a very hard mix of traits. Gripping and informative, looking in depth at how aspergers can affect the whole family. Buy UK or Buy USA
All Cats Have Aperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann. A beautifully simple feline photographic look at the syndrome. Perfect for explaining it to a child. The simplicity does not retract from the information given, in fact sometimes it is incredibly profound. Buy UK or Buy USA
A collection of stories from people who have home educated children on the autistic spectrum. Home ed can be a life saver for these kids - weve seen many transformations. After the kids are out of the school system they seem to lose the idea that they are 'disabled' or 'faulty' in any way and find their own place in the world. Einstein was told he was stupid at school... Buy UK or Buy USA
A totally fascinating read on several levels. John has had an interesting life, developing amplifiers and special effects for Kiss and Pink Floyd in the past, moving on to the toy industry then eventually starting his own business restoring fine European automobliles. His childhood was harrowing, growing up with a mother with severe mental health issues and a father who became an alcoholic. His younger brother has also written his memoirs of these times in the rather better known Running With Scissors which I am keen to read now. Obviously I find Johnís views and ideas about aspergers absorbing. I agree so much with what he says about why some kids with asd become very badly behaved or even violent Ė the way other people treat them leads to a lot of frustration building up. As a child he played some really bizarre tricks on people Ė incredibly well thought out and clever but quite disturbing too. He hated school, never fitted in and left at 15. Itís at this part of the book that we begin to see him shine. He channels his own talents and expertise into finding work and a life for himself. Never boastful, it seems as if he doesnít realise just quite how well he has done. Itís rare and special when someone achieves work that they love and makes a good living that way. Thinking of various aspies Iíve known/know, I wonder if they are actually better at managing this than the rest? The ability to think your own way and not take on peer group ideas is strongÖ I loved the latter section of the book where John talks about his relationships in a beautifully logical, slightly bemused way. His love for his son is wonderful and I found it most humerous how he talks about this and everyone he loves. So a fab book all round, much aspergian wisdom dispensed within :D Buy UK or Buy USA
'the curious incident of the dog in the night-time' by Mark Haddon. An unusual and intense read. Seen through the eyes of a 15 year old boy with Aspergers Syndrome, this novel endows the reader with a greater understanding of the autistic mind than some text books on the subject. Very difficult to put down once started! Buy UK or Buy USA
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