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More Than Little Professors: Children with Asperger Syndrome: In Their Own Words [Paperback]

Brenda Smith Myles , Lisa Barrett Mann

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Book Description

July 1 2008
This collection of quotes, stories, poems, and essays from children with Asperger Syndrome, ages 2-17, offers us a glimpse into their daily lives, relationships, challenges, and victories, from their own perspective. Twenty years ago, only a few academics even knew the term 'Asperger Syndrome'. Today, this high functioning autism spectrum disorder is one of the most rapidly growing diagnoses among school children. Unfortunately, while the American public's awareness of this disorder is also growing, their understanding of it is lagging behind. Journalists tend to focus on the most heart-wrenching cases. Popular television shows exaggerate (or even make up) symptoms for comedic effect. And the average person on the street, if asked about Asperger Syndrome, is still most likely to reply 'Oh yeah, isn't that like 'Rain Man?". The truth is, most kids with Asperger Syndrome are intelligent and very verbal, but have challenges in social skills and certain facets of communication. Many have special interests that they study intensely and like to 'lecture' on. But these children also vary tremendously. They are amazing, loving, complicated individuals-far more than cookie-cutter 'little professors'. In "More Than Little Professors", parent and Asperger's specialist Lisa Barrett Mann, M.S.Ed., leads us through the children's works, explaining common characteristics of this autism spectrum disorder, and sharing her unique insight on life with these sometimes baffling, but always fascinating children and youths.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company (July 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934575259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934575253
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #752,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The poetry, comments and stories within these pages provide information directly from the 'mouths of babes' about how children with Asperger Syndrome feel about themselves, others and the world they so readily observe, and in the process clear up common misunderstandings. Poignant, at times painful and powerful, this book helps us to appreciate the 'child' within these intriguing individuals, encouraging us to look deeper and learn from their wisdom." -- Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP MA-CCC "specialist for persons with social cognitive learning challenges"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read for any parent or teacher of kids with Asperger's Aug. 9 2008
By Swordfish - Published on Amazon.com
If you've met one kid with Asperger's... you've met ONE kid with Asperger's. "More Than Little Professors," on the other hand, has quotes, essays, etc, from more than 70 children and teens with this high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. It's fascinating to compare their different experiences and thought processes. And then there are the occasionally startling similarities (e.g., two preschoolers whose favorite number is "googleplex"!) No other book will give you as much insight into how kids with AS think, talk, and act, as this one. Definitely a "must-read" for anyone who lives with or teaches kids on the spectrum.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put this in every teacher's hands! Aug. 15 2008
By S. Braxton - Published on Amazon.com
I wish I'd had this book when my son, now eighteen, started his long and arduous journey through the school system. I kept hearing: "We just don't understand him." Or people would read a bit about Asperger Syndrome and decide that he couldn't be creative, couldn't feel empathy. My son has a poem in this book that is an answer to them. Furthermore, this book is a delight to read, so it will be read! This will go a long way toward shattering the stereotypes. Bravo!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!! Aug. 15 2008
By Lindsay Ake - Published on Amazon.com
More Than Little Proffessors is an awesome book! I felt like I was reading one of those Chicken Soup for the ____ soul books, where I'm reading short stories that are easy to read, put a smile on my face and leave me feeling good the rest of the day. Plus, with my son having Aspergers, I could relate to most of them and it made me laugh. Love this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book to read with your children; discuss with your friends and to share with the world Sept. 12 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Disorders of any type can be confusing, misunderstood and labeled as some thing negative therefore discrediting a person or groups of people without recognizing a person's true talents and abilities. This is a brilliant collection of stories, poems, and comments from children with Asperger Syndrome. Defining Asperger Syndrome in a brief textbook definition and then this book takes you on a beautiful journey through the eyes and mind of those who have Asperger Syndrome through their own words, pictures and explanation is a true gift. This allows readers into their world to see the vast spectrum in which they function. Author Lisa Barrett Mann, M.S. Ed., guides the reader through this collection with her unique insight on life with these often times, misunderstood, fascinating children and youth. Dispelling myths and providing an opportunity for others to appreciate and gain better understanding of children with Asperger Syndrome as told through their own words, drawings and comments, is commendable in getting others outside of their box and appreciating the uniqueness that do not quite fit the "general mold" of society. This is a book to read with your children; discuss with your friends and to share with the world. Brilliantly designed and visually artistic this takes a complex disorder and breaks it down for almost anyone could understand.

Tonya Thul-Theis
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air Aug. 17 2008
By AMC - Published on Amazon.com
This book peaks into the workings of an Asperger mind from very early ages to adolescents who have experienced life living with this condition. My daughter was a contributor and it was like a breath of fresh air to read it for the first time. After living a life full of misunderstandings this book allowed my daughter to express her true self without ridicule. She was blown away by how much she related to "that way of thinking" by the other contributors. It would make a nice gift for relatives and friends of an Asperger child because it will give them a personal perspective into the very individual Asperger world.

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