The Asperkid's Secret Book of Social Rules : The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome
Overview - Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone but it can be especially tough for Asperkids. Jennifer O'Toole knows; she was one This book is a top secret guide to all of the hidden social rules in life that often seem strange and confusing to young people with Asperger syndrome. Read more...
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Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone but it can be especially tough for Asperkids. Jennifer O'Toole knows; she was one This book is a top secret guide to all of the hidden social rules in life that often seem strange and confusing to young people with Asperger syndrome. The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules offers witty and wise insights into baffling social codes such as making and keeping friends, blending in versus standing out from the crowd, and common conversation pitfalls. Chock full of illustrations, logical explanations, and comic strip practice sessions, this is the handbook that every adult Aspie wishes they'd had growing up. Ideal for all 10-17 year olds with Asperger syndrome, this book provides inside information on over thirty social rules in bite-sized chunks that older children will enjoy, understand, and most importantly use daily to navigate the mysterious world around them.
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O'Toole is uniquely qualified to write this book—she's the proud mother of three "Asperkids," she's married to an "Asperguy," and is herself an "Aspie." This crucial guide to social interactions begins with a list of 125 "Need-to-Knows," which run the gamut from platitudes ("The biggest mistake you can make is being too afraid to make one.") to simple reminders ("Graciously accept compliments with a simple smile and 'thank you.'") and bits of wisdom ("Anger is a band-aid emotion. It's a real thing—but the wound you have to heal is underneath the anger."). Frequently referencing the "neurotypical" population as a control group of sorts, O'Toole discusses these rules in further detail in the following chapters, with clear explanations couched in language that the titular tweens and teens will find accessible and easy to understand. In addition to covering more abstract topics, such as the strengths of people with Asperger's and making friends, she also reviews more practical subjects like hygiene and personal space, ending with a reprise of concise social rules, a series of comics that demonstrate social interactions, and a list of helpful websites and books. While aimed to help those with Asperger's navigate the world, O'Toole's approachable guide is also an invaluable resource for friends and family members of Aspies. Illus. (Sept.)