Winner, About.com’s Readers’ Choice Award, Autism Asperger’s Digest Top 12 Books-You-Have-to-Read AND Top 10 Books for Teachers, Autism Speaks Top Family Resource
AUDIENCE: Family members, educators, clinicians
This book is full of original and effective methods for engaging with children with Asperger’s Syndrome. Affirming that different doesn’t mean defective, this book offers the insight and guidance that parents and professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.
Many rave about books that “they just couldn’t put down” and ones that are “real page turners,” but rarely are they talking about non-fiction. In the case of “Asperkids,” O’Toole’s honest, funny and energizing style makes you feel as though you are reading the next New York Times Bestseller, all the while imparting valuable real-life experience, creative approach and bright ideas for working with the “Asperkids” in your life…A MUST READ! – Lola
“The Asperkids’ (Secret) Book of Social Rules: A Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Guidelines for Tweens & Teens with Asperger Syndrome.”
WINNER Autism Society of America’s Temple Grandin Outstanding Literary Work of the Year (2014), Amazon #1 Bestseller, Runner-Up – About.com’s Readers’ Choice Award, Autism Asperger’s Digest Top 12 Books-You-Have-to-Read, Autism Speaks Top Family Resource
AUDIENCE: Aspies aged 8-98
This isn’t your momma’s Emily Post, and there is no “don’t do this” finger-wagging or patronizing “high and mighty preaching” here. Instead, the “Secret” Book gives Asperkids (aged 10-17) respectful, funny insights written “for Aspies by an Aspie.” Chock full of illustrations, logic and even a practice session or six (in comic strip style, thank you very much!), this is the handbook every adult Aspie wishes we’d had growing up, but never did.
I am a therapist working with children and I have found that this resource is excellent for working with teens and tweens in a way that is non-threatening. I have found that the children really enjoy looking through the book and can identify with the issues raised, which is saying something. – Anna
Of all the books about Asperger’s that I own, this is the only one with “how to” information for the child. I bought this book a couple of months ago for my 11 year old son who has Asperger’s. We read one chapter together each night and both learn from it. We even reference it when he comes home from school after a “bad day” and look up how he could have handled the situation differently. It speaks to him like nothing else does. Extraordinary! – Paula
“The Asperkid’s Launch Pad: Home Design to Empower Everyday Superheroes”
Autism Asperger’s Digest Top 12 Books-You-Have-to-Read, Living Now Independent Book Award Winner
HOME is much more than a place: it’s our kids’ launch pad.
This BEAUTIFUL book is a visually-led guide through Jennifer’s own home — showing you how to prepare a home environment that supports the development of kids and teens with Asperger syndrome. From a bedroom light switch that the child can easily reach, to a tucked-away safe place that he or she can when feeling overwhelmed or anxious, small changes in the home can boost the child’s self-confidence, independence, comfort and life skills.
“The practical suggestions offered in this book (as well as the original Asperkids) are by far the most helpful, hopeful, and positive that I have ever read in all of my reading and research to help my son. Yesterday, the kids’ rooms got a makeover as did my living room per her recommendations. The transformation is AMAZING. Even I am breathing easier. The methods are even helping my NT daughter! I can’t wait to move on to the rest of my house and put it all into practice. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.” – T. Mock
Read an amazing letter about Launch Pad from another mom: Mothers’ Hearts.
“The Asperkid’s Not-Your-Average-Coloring-Book”
BUY FROM AMAZON: The Asperkid’s Not-Your-Average Coloring Book
Gathering the artistic talents of Asperkids and artists from around the world, as well as her own original artwork, Jennifer O’Toole has created a one-of-a-kind coloring book that’s educational, fun and above all a celebration of difference!
AUDIENCE: Asperkids of All Ages
We all know that children with Asperger syndrome are far more likely to learn and enjoy themselves when their special interests are involved, and the color-in drawings in this book cover a wide range of subjects that Aspies love. We’re talking mythology, atomic structures, nature, historical fashions, and more! Full of cool art, geeky humor, and inspirational quotations, this is a coloring book for all ages that celebrates the unapologetic awesomeness of Asperkids.
A proportion of the proceeds will go towards supporting arts programs for children on the autism spectrum.
This is a wonderful and inspirational book which will appeal to youngsters on the spectrum by engaging their interests and passions. It is quirky, fun and creative, and will appeal to those for whom these are traits to be valued and nourished. Created by and for people on the spectrum, it celebrates individuality, different ways of thinking, and will appeal to all those “Asperkids” who find most children’s books just plain boring. This is a powerful tool to reinforce and boost the confidence of children on the spectrum, in the guise of a children’s colouring book. — Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism, National Autistic Society, UK
BUY FROM AMAZON:The Asperkid’s Game Plan
Autism Asperger’s Digest Top 10 Books for Teachers
AUDIENCE: Educators, parents, therapists, clinicians
Wanna make “social skills” stick? (How about vaguely interesting?) Teach them with see-though eggshells and chalk on trampolines. In other words: make it concrete, intriguing, and FUN!
Game Plan provides over 100 original games and activities that engage children with Asperger syndrome. Demonstrating how just about anything can be turned into an opportunity for learning and growth, this book is bursting with go-to ideas for making simple play equipment at home and using it to develop skills that Asperkids struggle with, from fine motor and social skills, to planning and organization. Jennifer O’Toole’s enthusiastic approach and fun lessons will inspire and motivate parents, educators, and therapists to make purposeful play a part of every Asperkid’s day.
With the precision of a scientist combined with the artistry of an experienced educator, Jennifer O’Toole has crafted a game changer of a curriculum in the holistic education of children (of all ages!) on the autism spectrum. “Standard” school subjects are seamlessly integrated with developing greater understanding of the self and the universe surrounding us all. This resource is invaluable to anyone wanting direct instruction in successfully educating those with autism and everyone else as well. –Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University
“The Sisterhood of the Spectrum: An Asperger Chick’s Guide to Life” (April 2015)
BUY FROM AMAZON: Sisterhood of the Spectrum: An Asperger Chick’s Guide to Life
Spectrum gals, ever wished you had a handbook to help navigate the confusing world of girlhood (or womanhood, for that matter?!)
Look no further! Aspie-in-the-know, Jennifer Cook O’Toole provides just that with her inspirational guide to life for teenage and young adult girls with Asperger syndrome. Drawing on her own, real-life experiences rather than preaching from textbooks, she covers everything you need (and want!) to know, from body shapes and love interests to bullying, friendships and how to discover and celebrate your unique, beautiful self.
With illustrations by an Aspie teen and inspirational quotes from well-known, female Aspie voices, including Temple Grandin, Rudy Simone, Robyn Steward, and Haley Moss, Sisterhood of the Spectrum is your perfect companion on the “yellow brick road” to womanhood. It will leave you empowered, informed and excited to be different.
Sisterhood of the Spectrum is over-the-top awesome in every way. There were times it actually made me cry with its dead-on description of the truth. Simply by inviting spectrum girls to connect with their own sisterhood, it makes a huge contribution, and that’s just the beginning. With humor, directness, wisdom and honesty, this book packs spectrum girls’ tool kits with what they need to grow and thrive while discovering their true selves. I couldn’t put it down and can’t wait to buy it for myself and share it with every clinician and every family and every girl I know who’s part of this powerful and gifted community. As a psychologist with the honor and privilege of working with Aspie girls, I am deeply grateful to Jennifer Cook O’Toole for this treasure of a guidebook. — Carol Moog, PhD