The Asperkids Book Series

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“Asperkids: An Insiders’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome”

 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
May 2012

Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 11.27.44 AMAUDIENCE: 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

October 2012

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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
April 2013

Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 11.34.18 AMScreen Shot 2014-08-02 at 11.33.20 AM AUDIENCE: Families

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.

IMG_0288“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”

November 2013

 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.


“Extraordinary Minds, Purposeful Play… Ordinary Stuff: The Asperkid’s Game Plan”

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Publication Date: May 2014 

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.

….And….COMING MARCH 2015 (Pre-Orders Now)

“The Sisterhood of the Spectrum: An Asperger Chick’s Guide to Life”

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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.

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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.