“Asperkids: An Insiders’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome”
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.”
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”
The Asperkid’s Launch Pad is a visually-led guide to preparing a home environment that supports the development of children 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
“The Asperkid’s Not-Your-Average-Coloring-Book”
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”
Publication Date: May 2014
AUDIENCE: Educators, parents, therapists, clinicians
…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.
Blogs and Bylines
Guest pieces written by Jennifer keep information fresh and interesting — so dig in. Click around and explore. You’re bound to have fun (and fall just a little more in love with those awesomely-Aspie Asperkids).
- Autism Society of North Carolina
- Green Shirts & Unlikely Heroes: The Secret Code of ‘I’m On Your Side.’
- Autism Asperger’s Digest
- ThinkFun games and toys SmartPlay Blog: “The Perspective from a Plastic Ice Cream Truck”
Unlocking the Precious, Precocious Potential of Kids with Asperger Syndrome