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Starting Points: The Basics of Understanding and Supporting Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome [Paperback]

Jill Hudson , Brenda Smith Myles

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Sept. 1 2007
Get off to a good start. Learn sensible, solid strategies that can be put into practice with children on the autism spectrum right away. "Starting Points: The Basics of Understanding and Supporting Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome" offers a variety of strategies and visual supports that help children on the spectrum such as: who have difficulty with abstract concepts and thoughts; who have difficulty understanding and regulating emotions; who have difficulty recognizing, interpreting, and empathizing with the emotions of others; who find it easier to answer questions with choices versus open-ended questions; need cues for how and when to transition from an activity or place to the next; and, much more. Starting from the premise that no two individuals with AS are the same, Hudson and Myles provide a global perspective of how the core characteristics of AS may appear separately and/or simultaneously, and how they may manifest themselves in a variety of situations. Each characteristic is then paired with a brief explanation, followed by a series of bulleted interventions.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Pub Co (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934575089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934575086
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 21.5 x 0.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #721,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great starter book! July 1 2008
By P. Schafer - Published on
I am a mother to a six year old boy just diagnosed with Very mild aspergers syndrome in December 2007.This book was recommended to me by forums. What the doctor didn't explain to me this book did. And it was explained in very easy terms to understand I found myself exclaiming "so that's why he does that!" over and over again, it's wonderful. If you are an educator or have a child with this disorder and have questions this book will help you find answers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Do We Start? April 25 2008
By Kristi A. Sakai - Published on
In keeping with the tradition of all books written by Dr. Myles or Jill Hudson, Starting Points is brilliant, easily understandable and absolutely practical. Asperger Syndrome is a complex multi-faceted disorder and it is difficult to grasp "What exactly IS it?" Or, as the title implies, "Where do I start?" Starting Points is exactly that: you can pick it up without even basic knowledge of AS and come away with a pretty firm grasp on the basics after reading this short book. Even if you have an advanced understanding of AS you will find much to love in this book because it boils it all down, again point by point so that you can be reminded, "Yes, THIS is Asperger Syndrome." (Which, by the way, as I now recall, is a title of another of Dr. Myles' books.) This book would be a wonderful gift for extended family who do not understand what all the hub bub is about and why your child behaves as he does, or the teacher who is nervously anticipating your child in his class (accompanied by Simple Strategies...again, YET ANOTHER, of Dr. Myles' books...yes, she is both a brilliant...and shockingly prolific writer). It would be a compassionate gift to give to a parent of a child newly diagnosed if they are, for example, too overwhelmed to delve into a longer book on AS (such as my own ;-) Better yet, read it yourself first! In any case, it is wonderfully written and I highly recommend it.

Other useful titles from Dr. Brenda Smith Myles
Simple Strategies That Work! Helpful Hints for All Educators of Students With Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism, and Related Disabilities

The Comprehensive Autism Planning System [CAPS] for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Related Disabilities

Other wonderful books by Jill Hudson
Out and About: Preparing Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Participate in Their Communities
Prescription for Success: Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Medical Environment

Kristi Sakai, parent of 3 children with AS and author of:

Finding Our Way: Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief & easy to understand Aug. 25 2013
By Mom of high functioning autism child - Published on
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This is a well written tip book that is not overwhelming and helps parents, teachers and others connect with how to present social, adaptive and educational skills to kids with high functioning autism/asperger syndrome. Quick read too! Caution, there is not a section that talks about how parents need to communicate with child's school, an assumption that an individual education plan is in place. I did like the section that reminds teachers that some families have more obstacles when it comes to completing home work and how to provide options.

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