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An Insider's Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome

Jennifer Cook O'Toole
Foreword by Liane Holliday Willey

Paperback: £13.99 / $19.95

2012, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 192pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-902-2, BIC 2: VFX JNSG2

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As a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer O'Toole provides the definitive insider's view of Asperger syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and by exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.

This exciting book is full of effective and fun ways of engaging with children with Asperger syndrome. Jennifer explains how theory of mind difficulties create the need for concrete forms of communication, and provides original methods to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. In particular she reveals the untapped power of special interests, showing how to harness these interests to encourage academic, social and emotional growth.

Affirming that different doesn't mean defective, this book offers the insight and guidance that parents, educators, and other professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.

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To celebrate the launch of our brand new coloring book by award winning author Jennifer Cook O’Toole we’re inviting Asperkids everywhere to join in with our Not-Your-Average-Art-Gallery. Getting involved is simple. Step 1: Just print off the goldfish image and color it in! Step 2: Send us your submission. Simply take a photo of your...

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Earlier this month, Jessica Kingsley Publishers returned to The Autism Society’s annual conference. This year we were back on the east coast in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, steps away from the beautiful Allegheny River. It was an exciting challenge to showcase all of the new titles released since our last appearance. What Is It Like to Be...

Ask the author: Jennifer Cook O’Toole

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Throughout World Autism Awareness Month 2013, our readers were offered the opportunity to ask JKP authors a question of their choice. Jennifer Cook O’Toole answers your questions on parenting a child with Asperger Syndrome. Amanda asks “my two are hermits and hate socialising. They tolerate it but I would like to make it less stressful for them....

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