Best Books on Asperger’s Syndrome Reviewed by Special Needs Book Review

Best Books on Asperger’s Syndrome Reviewed by Special Needs Book Review

This might be the last year to have a category of books specifically about Asperger’s syndrome now that  the American Psychiatric Association is dropping Asperger’s syndrome from the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).  Its symptoms will be included under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Autism Spectrum Disorder includes everything from severe autism such as children who do not talk or interact, to milder forms of autism. Those with Asperger’s syndrome tend to have problems with social interaction.  They may also have repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, activities and interests, without significant delay in language or cognitive development. Often the person has high intelligence and vast knowledge on narrow subjects but lacks social skills. The new DSM-5 comes out in May 2013.

The following books are very helpful for parents, educators, and the general public to understand what it’s like to have Asperger’s syndrome. All the books I mention except the last two are written by people who have Asperger’s. The last two are written by moms who have daughters with Asperger’s. It doesn’t get better than this because each book is certainly written by experts, those who live this day after day or mothers who are bringing up Aspie girls.

Special Needs Book Review is not paid for reviewing books. We are given the books by publishing companies or by the authors with no strings attached.  The reviews and our Best Books on Asperger’s Syndrome  are entirely our opinions of the books. The books are in random order.

Readers can follow the link in each paragraph to the complete review of each book. Also with each review you can find links where to buy them. Furthermore, many of the authors have participated in our Author Interview Series and you will find a link to the  interviews with the review of their book.

Best Books on Asperger’s Syndrome

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s - by John Elder Robison. Amazing, Edifying, Entertaining, but  even the  funny parts are heart wrenching. These are the words that came to mind when I reluctantly read the last page of  Look Me in the Eye. It is one of those books that you hate to turn the last page because you thirst to read more of the story.  Look Me in the Eye will influence teachers, parents, family, friends, and employers to have an open-mind and be more accommodating to individuals who are unique and march with a different beat. Review

 

 

 

 

Under the Banana Moon: A True Story of Living, Loving, Loss and Asperger’s by Kimberley Gerry-Tucker

Under the Banana Moon: A True Story of Living, Loving, Loss and Asperger’s -by Kimberley Gerry-Tucker. The author walks you through her difficult childhood, her mixed-up teen years, her early marriage and motherhood. All this time she did not know she had Asperger’s but you, the reader, does…  It is very interesting following her life, picking out her Asperger’s traits, and seeing how finally she gets a diagnosis. Her different behaviors and uncommon reactions because she has Asperger’s are revealed through her struggles and challenges growing up, being a mom, a wife, and in her late thirties a caregiver.  Review

 

 

 

Asperger’s and Girls -Featuring Tony Atwood, Temple Grandin, plus 7 more experts Asperger’s and Girls -Featuring Tony Atwood, Temple Grandin, plus 7 more experts World-renowned experts join those with Asperger’s syndrome to resolve issues that girls and women with Asperger’s face everyday.  What a valuable resource the book, Asperger’s and Girls, is for all who live, love, work, teach, study, play, and raise a girl with Asperger’s syndrome (AS). Also if you are a tween or teen girl, or a woman with Asperger’s read it now! Keep the book handy and reread it often to help you understand the physical, social, and emotional challenge faced by girls/women with Asperger’s and how to help them overcome it.  Review

 

 

 

Asperger’s on the Job: Must-Have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates -by Rudy SomoneAsperger’s on the Job: Must-Have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates -by Rudy Simone “Up to 85% of the Asperger’s population are without full-time employment, though many have above-average intelligence.” If there is one author whose counsel we can believe and follow, it is Rudy Simone’s “Been there, done that” take on choosing a career, the work place and the interdependent roles we all must play. Her twenty short chapters are often supported by true stories or quotes and always end with a list of what the employees can do, followed by a list of suggestions to employers and advocates. Rudy Simone’s unique, fun way of expressing herself makes  her book very entertaining and her first hand knowledge with Asperger’s makes it very educational. Review

 

The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide: Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, from a Young Man with Asperger’s Syndrome -by J. D. KrausThe Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide: Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, from a Young Man with Asperger’s Syndrome -by J. D. Kraus  Mr. Kraus’ survival guide will help you to better understand individuals with Asperger’s syndrome (AS). If you are a person with Asperger’s syndrome, you will also benefit from J.D. Kraus’ go-to-guide of survival just to know you are not alone. If you only had an Asperger’s diagnosis when you were older, reliving your school years side by side with Kraus as “big brother explaining things” will lighten your load of unexplained crises, unhappy feelings, and unobtainable goals. Some of these issues you have been carrying since your school years. A must read for all educators to realize the impact and influence they have on the lives of all students with special needs. Review

 

 

Asperger’s in Pink ~ Pearls of Wisdom from Inside the Bubble of Raising a Child with Asperger’s -by Julie Clark Asperger’s in Pink: Pearls of Wisdom from Inside the Bubble of Raising a Child with Asperger’s -by Julie Clark Ms. Clark isa writer, an artist, an advocate and a mom who skillfully explains in detail the adaptations, alterations and perseverance needed to win their daily battles in raising Kristina with Asperger’s syndrome (AS). These battles were sometimes with their immediate family, their friends, medical and school systems and sometimes with Kristina or even with their own insecurities. Even though this book fills the need for a resource for families and educators of girls with Asperger’s, it is also very beneficial for all parents of a child with special needs. Review

 

 

 

Delightfully Different – Story of a Girl with Asperger’s and SPD -by D.S. Walker Delightfully Different – Story of a Girl with Asperger’s and SPD -by D.S. Walker This mom-author found a delightfully different approach to portray the struggles of a young girl and those of her family arising from raising a child with special needs. Mia, the daughter, is finally diagnosed with sensory sensitivity with Asperger’s traits. While all the characters in her book exist only in the author’s imagination, Walker’s novel, Delightfully Different, brings them so well to life that any parent, teacher, or young girl, dealing with the same issues can relate, learn and find hope. The  family’s fictitious journey spans twenty years and is told from both Mia and her mom’s perspective. Review

 

 

 

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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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