Adolescents and Children
Roar the Little Dinosaur Books
Roar the Little Dinosaur Books books have been published by LDA and are available from the publisher and Amazon.
3 more Roar books are due to be released in the next 6 months. All details are on their website - www.roar-littledinosaur.com
Tony Attwood's review of the Roar the Little Dinosaur books:
Children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition can feel very lonely. They may seek in vain another child who understands and resonates with his or her way of perceiving the world and shares the same adventures and sensations. The behaviour, interests and abilities associated with ASC are often perceived by adults as signs of pathology and by other children as signs of being weird, yet many of these characteristics help the child with an ASC make sense of the world and actually enjoy the world. Roar the little dinosaur has so many characteristics that the child with an ASC can identify with, and at last, discover someone who is like me. Roar is the friend that children with an ASC seek. Roar is also optimistic, interesting and good fun how the child would like to be perceived by his or her peers.
I highly recommend the Roar books to improve the self-esteem of children with an ASC but also to encourage teachers, parents and peers to perceive and appreciate the endearing qualities of a child with ASC. Perhaps other children could consider it is ‘cool’ to have autism and that you could have fun together and become friends.
The author has posted a video of reading ‘Come on Roar, Let’s Explore’ to a group of 4-6 year olds on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw-6yqI3tyE
A blog has also been started - http://roar-littledinosaur.blogspot.co.uk/
Parenting Girls on the Spectrum
"Parents of girls on the autism spectrum often wish their daughters were celebrated for their talents, rather than discouraged for their differences. They recognise that their children's unique natures may make them distinctive in some ways, but resent labels such as 'disabled' and 'disorder' being applied to their daughters. This book is a celebration of all the wonderful and unexpected gifts that having daughters on the autism spectrum can bring to your life. Each chapter explores a topic of concern, offering encouragement and guidance on common issues such as school, friendships, meltdowns, special gifts, family relationships, therapies and interventions. Having daughters on the spectrum presents unique and rewarding challenges and this book is packed with friendly advice and real life examples from a mother who has experienced it all first hand. The hopeful perspective given in this book is guaranteed to offer much appreciated comfort to parents, grandparents and family members. It will provide educators and anyone who cares for girls on the spectrum with an insight into what life is like for these extraordinary girls and their parents."
“If you have a daughter with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, this book will be your primary source of information and inspiration as well as becoming your ‘best friend’ who understands and supports you.”
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, UK and Philadelphia, USA, Web: www.jkp.com
Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome - A User Guide to Adolescence
by Luke Jackson (2002) published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN 1 843 10 098 3
Foreword by Tony Attwood
At last we have a book for adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome, written by a thirteen-year-old who has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. Luke Jackson is an expert on the challenges encountered by his peers. He examines topics that range from the value of a personal explanation of the diagnosis through to experiencing bullying and the dating game. The author has become a mentor to fellow adolescents and writes as though he is having a conversation with the reader. The research evidence on Asperger’s Syndrome suggests that such individuals have difficulty conceptualising the thoughts and feelings of other people, yet Luke has a clear insight into the thoughts of fellow adolescents and the concerns of parents and teachers. He also has a distinct sense of humour that will appeal to fellow adolescents.
The chapters include explanations and strategies that are not available in other texts. Luke explains the importance of having a diagnosis and adopts a very positive attitude; he writes, “ I have what some people would call a disability but I call a gift”. His analogies and descriptions are unique. He covers topics such as fascinations and fixations, sensory perception, diet, sleep, teenage language, problems with socialising at school, homework, dealing with bullies, the do’s and don’ts of dating, moral dilemmas and an explanation of idioms that are particularly confusing for those with Asperger’s Syndrome. My reactions on reading the manuscript ranged from admiration of his ability to describe typical life experiences with eloquence that is quite remarkable, to recognizing the value of his recommendations that will be of considerable benefit to parents, teachers and professionals. I will now benefit by incorporating Luke’s wisdom into my clinical work.
The book is dedicated “to those of you who feel that you don’t belong”. Always remember that difference is cool.” Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome who have low self-esteem, sometimes feel anxious, depressed and annoyed will find that Luke’s book becomes an emotional restorative. His style is entertaining and educational but I would add that it is also therapeutic. This book will enhance our understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome, change attitudes and replace bleak despair with insight and laughter.
Children and Teenagers with Aspergers
The Journey of Parenting from Birth to Teens
By Anna Van Der Post et al.
A varied collection of parents' stories about raising children and teenagers with Aspergers. The contributors have bravely written totally honest, deeply moving and sometimes harrowing accounts about what it really feels like to care for a challenging child. The book helps to remove the isolation and guilt felt by so many parents. Embedded within the narratives are their unique ways of coping which may inspire some with new strategies to try. This book will also appeal to relatives, friends and professionals seeking to get a better understanding of Aspergers and the far reaching effect on the family unit.
Asperger’s Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Pre-Teens and Teens Get Ready for the Real World
Theresa Bolick (2001) published by Fair Winds Press ISBN: 1-931412-69-3
Theresa’s invaluable book helps 10 to 18 year-olds with Asperger’s Syndrome who face particular difficulties during adolescence. This can include changes in friendships, relationships and school work as well as moods and conflict within the family. This book provides explanations and practical strategies and is written in a style that will be appealing to parents. Theresa Bolick is a clinical psychologist and the book will also be useful for psychologists to review their own clinical practice.