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Catalog of Asperger Books

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Aspergers and Adulthood: A Guide to Working, Loving, and Living With Aspergers Syndrome

Author: Blythe Grossberg PsyD
ISBN:1623156602
Publication Date:2015-08-28
List Price:$12.99
Lowest New Price:$8.70
Rank:32050
Description:

From the bestselling author of Asperger’s Rules! and Asperger’s Teens comes Asperger’s and Adulthood. Blythe Grossberg brings her 15+ years experience working with Asperger’s patients to deliver this definitive guide for adults living with Asperger’s syndrome.

Thinking about moving out on your own? Ready to land your first job? Unsure how to navigate social scenes when you have Asperger’s? Designed for the newly launched Aspie adult, Asperger’s and Adulthood provides supportive solutions-based strategies for navigating the ins and outs of balancing Asperger’s syndrome with career goals, dating, social settings, and more.

Adulthood is complicated for anyone, though it can be especially overwhelming for someone living with Asperger’s. Thankfully, Asperger’s and Adulthood presents targeted strategies from learning specialist Blythe Grossberg to help young adults with Asperger’s kick-start careers, cultivate healthy relationships, and create independent paths as maturing adults. Grossberg lends her expertise by providing an Asperger’s road map—pointing out potential obstacles and offering valuable how-tos for thriving in the world.

This book also helps loved ones gain a deeper understanding of what it means to live with Asperger’s syndrome. Whether you’re reading for yourself or someone you know, Asperger’s and Adulthood helps you develop deeper insight for tackling life challenges, with:

  • Step-by-step strategies for entering the workforce and tips to translate your talents into a career
  • Helpful scripts for managing small talk, job interviews, and first dates
  • Practical tips and budgeting checklists for establishing your independence
  • Real-life Asperger’s stories on finding friends and landing jobs
  • Handy how-tos about stimming, and how to adopt more discreet comforting behaviors

The truth is, even with Asperger’s, you can do whatever you put your mind to—and Asperger’s and Adulthood outlines the tools and strategies to help you achieve a full and rewarding adult life.


Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

Author: John Elder Robison
ISBN:0307396185
Publication Date:2008-09-09
List Price:$16.00
Lowest New Price:$3.52
Rank:6440
Description:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find.” —from the foreword by Augusten Burroughs

Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs, in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” It was not until he was forty that he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way he saw himself—and the world. A born storyteller, Robison has written a moving, darkly funny memoir about a life that has taken him from developing exploding guitars for KISS to building a family of his own. It’s a strange, sly, indelible account—sometimes alien yet always deeply human.

Asperger's Syndrome: Tips & Strategies

Author: Dan Jones
ISBN:1546582967
Publication Date:2017-05-10
List Price:$12.99
Lowest New Price:$10.67
Rank:290272
Description:

Tips and strategies for those with autism, their parents/carers, employers, friends, and teachers

My first book Look Into My Eyes, which I described as ‘an autobiography through the lens of Asperger’s Syndrome’ shared my experiences growing up and living with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In it I shared my personal experiences about what it is like to live with Asperger’s, what I have found helpful, and not so helpful. I also shared my professional experiences based off of almost 20 years of working with children, teens, and adults with autism, and their parents, carers and involved professionals.

After writing Look Into My Eyes I decided it would be useful to write a book of tips and strategies for those who interact with people with autism spectrum disorder, specifically Asperger’s Syndrome, or high-functioning autism, and tips and strategies for people who have autism around various life areas, from work, and relationships, through to interview skills.

When I have given talks I have often been approached by parents of adults with Asperger’s, who have said to me that their son or daughter is very intelligent (they often tell me their child has a degree, for instance) but can’t get a job because they don’t do well in interviews. This always confuses me when I hear it because, to me, interviews are fine. They have a structure, and there is a process to follow; the challenge for me is remaining in the job once I have it, rather than the interview. So, in this book I share my views and strategies around interview skills.

I will also share parenting tips for managing children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - ways that you can make the individual with ASD more comfortable. I will share tips that those with ASD of all ages can use to help themselves managing areas like sensory overload, what friends can do to help those with ASD, strategies teachers can use, and what work colleagues and employers can do to help too.

All of the tips and strategies I share are based on what has worked for me personally as someone with Asperger’s, what has worked for me professionally as someone who has worked with autistic people of all ages, and what has worked for parents, carers and other professionals who I have worked with too.

I know that the parenting strategies work with children and teens with other conditions as well as autism, like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), and angry or challenging behaviour, because I have used them myself with hundreds of children of different ages, as well as working with parents to help them use the strategies. I have also had feedback from children and teens themselves after they have improved their behaviour about what made the difference, and they report that it was changes the parents made: “My mum is now calmer and more relaxed, so I feel happier at home”, or “My dad no longer shouts at me”.


I Have Asperger's

Author: Erin Clemens
ISBN:1304931129
Publication Date:2014-03-13
List Price:$13.24
Lowest New Price:$11.70
Rank:1100620
Description:
My name is Erin Clemens. I'm 24 years old, and I want to help others understand what my life is like living with Asperger's Syndrome. My hope is that people can learn from what I have been through, and apply it to what may help someone they know on the spectrum. To me, autism isn't a death sentence. It's just a different lifestyle. The views expressed are my own.

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

Author: Tony Attwood
ISBN:1843106698
Publication Date:2008-05-15
List Price:$29.95
Lowest New Price:$9.83
Rank:11335
Description:

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to AS, it brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults.

Drawing on case studies and personal accounts from Attwood's extensive clinical experience, and from his correspondence with individuals with AS, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible. Chapters examine:

* causes and indications of the syndrome
* the diagnosis and its effect on the individual
* theory of mind
* the perception of emotions in self and others
* social interaction, including friendships
* long-term relationships
* teasing, bullying and mental health issues
* the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills
* career development.

There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools.

Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition.

'I usually say to the child, "Congratulations, you have Asperger's syndrome", and explain that this means he or she is not mad, bad or defective, but has a different way of thinking.'
- from The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome


Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder): How Seeking a Diagnosis in Adulthood Can Change Your Life

Author: Philip Wylie
ISBN:1849054339
Publication Date:2014-08-21
List Price:$19.95
Lowest New Price:$14.53
Rank:63329
Description:

As awareness and understanding of Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder increases, more adults are identifying themselves as being on the spectrum and seeking formal diagnosis. This book discusses the process, the pros and cons, and the after-effects of receiving an autism diagnosis in adulthood.

Outlining the likely stages of the journey to diagnosis, this book looks at what the individual may go through as they become aware of their Asperger characteristics and as they seek pre-assessment and diagnosis, as well as common reactions upon receiving a diagnosis - from depression and anger to relief and self-acceptance. Combining practical guidance with advice from personal experience and interviews and correspondence with specialists in the field, the book discusses if and when to disclose to family, friends and employers, how to seek appropriate support services, and how to use the self-knowledge gained through diagnosis to live well in the future.


The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome

Author: Jennifer Cook O'Toole
ISBN:1849059152
Publication Date:2012-10-15
List Price:$19.95
Lowest New Price:$12.76
Rank:5755
Description:
Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone -- but it's especially tough for Asperkids. I know. I was one, I taught a whole bunch, and I am going to be raising three! That's also why I know that Asperkdis deserve their very own guide to all of the hidden social rules that are awfully confusing to us, even if they seem obvious to everyone else. "The Asperkids' (Secret) Rule Book of Social Rules." This isn't your momma's Emily Post, and there is no "don't do this" finger-wagging or patronizing "high and mighty preaching" here. Instead, the "Secret" Book gives Asperkids (aged 10-17) respectful, funny insights written "for Aspies by an Aspie." Chock full of illustrations, logic and even a practice session or six (in comic strip style, thank you very much!), this is the handbook every adult Aspie wishes we'd had growing up, but never did.

Asperger's Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends

Author: Blythe Grossberg
ISBN:1433811278
Publication Date:2012-05-15
List Price:$9.95
Lowest New Price:$6.42
Rank:48353
Description:
Fitting in to school and social life can be the single most challenging task when you have Asperger's syndrome Asperger's Rules! can help.


Packed full of information, this book covers common school situations and the uncommon challenges that they can present to a child with Asperger's. Kids will find the how-to for understanding and communicating with peers and teachers, standing up for and taking care of themselves, setting realistic goals, and making friends.


Asperger's Rules! belongs in the backpack of every kid with Asperger's and is an essential resource for getting the most out of middle school.

Asperger Syndrome Explained: How to Understand and Communicate When Someone You Love Has Asperger’s Syndrome

Author: Sara Elliott Price
ISBN:1511636432
Publication Date:2015-04-10
List Price:$9.95
Lowest New Price:$8.36
Rank:382132
Description:

Discover How To Communicate And Have A Better Relationship With Someone Who Has Asperger's Syndrome!


This book is full of tips, techniques and stories that will give you an inside look at what it means to have Asperger's. You will come away inspired and with a new understanding of how to communicate more effectively with those you love!

In this book you'll learn the truth about Asperger's Syndrome and why it's one of the least understood disorders today. The average person has never even heard of this syndrome. So it probably comes as no surprise that people with Asperger's are often alienated, as they tend to communicate in a way that others can't easily relate to.

Someone with Asperger's will usually find it difficult to understand normal social cues. They can feel very alone, yet have no clue as to how to express the feelings inside them. They can feel constantly rejected and harassed by those around them and even the ones who love them.

You Must Truly Understand This Syndrome In Order To Have A Good Relationship With A Person That Has This Disorder...


If you know someone with Asperger's your goal should be to learn as much as you can about this disorder. You need to understand why people with this syndrome think and live the way they do. I created this book so you can communicate and learn coping techniques that will create better lives for you and your loved one.

People with Aspergers Syndrome are usually highly intelligent people, in fact some of the greatest minds in history are thought to have had this syndrome. They simply think and communicate differently than most people and deserve to be understood and loved. The more they're understood the more likely they can express their true potential.

Thank you for caring for your loved one enough to learn more about the condition they live with daily. I hope this book helps to foster new communication and a deeper understanding in both of your lives!

Here's A Little Of What You'll Learn In This Guide To Asperger's...


  • What causes Asperger's Syndrome
  • What is the Autistic Spectrum
  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms
  • How to test for Asperger's
  • What happens after a diagnosis
  • Effective communication strategies
  • Techniques used to cope with the syndrome for you and your loved one
  • How it really feels to live with Asperger's
  • Plus, so much more!
Understanding Asperger's is the key to a happier and healthier relationship between you and your loved one. If you're concerned about someone you care about or possibly even yourself, take action today and download this book!

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Living, Loving and Laughing with Asperger’s (Volume 1): 52 Tips, Stories and Inspirational Ideas for Parents of Children with Asperger’s (Living, Loving and Laughing with Asperger’s Series)

Author: Dave Angel
ISBN:
Publication Date:2016-02-16
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Are you the mom of a child with Asperger's?

Are you finding the daily challenges hard to cope with?

Would you like a little dose of hope and inspiration?

If so you’ve come to the right place!

Every day I send stories of hope and inspiration to 1000’s of moms of children with Asperger’s. Positive, humorous messages with day to day “survival tips” for moms of children with Asperger’s Syndrome.

I’ve had some lovely feedback like:

"Dear Dave,I just have to say how inspiring your newsletter is to me with the wealth of information and the testimonials. I read the email like people read their morning papers every morning in the office it’s the first email I read. Keep up the great work you do for these kids and their parents. Your amazing!"
Jodi Northway Mom from South Florida

"Hi Dave, I love what you do and how your writing touches our lives. You are funny, practical and your mails no matter how brief are simply striking and hit the nail each time. I am a huge fan. I may gloss over some of my other mail notifications but always open those from you."
Annette Poblette Mom from Philippines

I’ve taken the most popular stories (as judged by moms who’ve read them) and produced this book. I’ve also added tips by parents of children with Asperger’s themselves.

There’s 52 tips/stories in total (you know one for every week!)

Just a few of the great tips you’ll find are:

* The classic 80’s pop song perfect to lift your mood when times are hard
* The Aesop’s fable which predicts a bright future for your child
* The little known “shopping list secret” for developing social skills
* Why TV show “Storage Hunters” is a great choice for moms of children with Asperger’s
* A school success tip from Dan Aykroyd (comedian and diagnosed Aspie)
* The #1 most effective way to get your child’s school to take positive action
* An American aardvark’s explanation of Asperger’s (yep, you did read that correctly . . . aardvark!)
* Aspie tales from ye oldie England
* The billion dollar Asperger’s advert
* Why author Dan Brown can help your child’s future career (no they don’t need to be a writer)
* Modern parenting tips from ancient Rome

Plus practical parenting tips on using visual charts . .. homework troubles . . . sensoy issues . . . dealing with the police . .. visiting the store . . . school problems . . . boundary setting . .. handling transitions . . . meltdwons . . . vacations . . . explaining Asperger’s to a teacher . . . and much more . . .

What other moms have said about “Living, Loving and Laughing with Asperger’s”:

“Really enjoyed both books. I think it helps so much to hear real people's problems and solutions. Some of the books on the market can be too professional. So these are a refreshing change, and most importantly encourages positivity towards ASD. Thanks and well done.”
Hilary Morrison (Mom to Josh - 15 with ASD, dyspraxia, and visually impaired). Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

“The mix between your personal life moments, short stories, TV programs, and reflections with Asperger’s Syndrome is one of a kind. The tips make me smile, laugh, think, wet my eyes and cry.”
Carla Balderas. Mexico City, Mexico

“I like that the format of the book is very easy reading. Includes your input, and input from others going through similar situations. It says YOU ARE NOT ALONE, it's funny. Your book covers many topics and this is a book that the reader is never finished with. “
Barbara Emp. Westtown, NY

“I really enjoyed reading this book (volume 1). I always find something that I can relate to my life with my boys. The stories help guide life through the daily challenges and inspire hope for the future.”
Linda Alsalihi (Mom of 2 teens with Asperger’s Washington DC)

You can also Enjoy Volume 2 for FREE:

Inside is a link for to download volume 2 for FREE.

Please scroll to the top of this page to download.

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