The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules : The Handbook of Not-so-obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome Paperback
Illustrated by Brian Bojanowski
Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone but it can be especially tough for Asperkids.
Jennifer O'Toole knows; she was one! This book is a top secret guide to all of the hidden social rules in life that often seem strange and confusing to young people with Asperger syndrome. The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules offers witty and wise insights into baffling social codes such as making and keeping friends, blending in versus standing out from the crowd, and common conversation pitfalls.
Chock full of illustrations, logical explanations, and comic strip practice sessions, this is the handbook that every adult Aspie wishes they'd had growing up. Ideal for all 10-17 year olds with Asperger syndrome, this book provides inside information on over thirty social rules in bite-sized chunks that older children will enjoy, understand, and most importantly use daily to navigate the mysterious world around them.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 280 pages, 48 black and white
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Publication Date: 15/10/2012
- Category: Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9781849059152
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Review by eilonwyhan
Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that makes interpersonal interactions difficult for those affected. Difficult, but not impossible. With humor and personal examples from when she had missed the mark, O’Toole (herself an Aspie) explains the social rules that everyone needs to know. She gives tips on how to interact with NTs (neurotypical people) on a daily basis. The book is arranged in mini-chapters, covering such topics as saying thank you (and meaning it), apologizing (and meaning it), and working in small groups. She also has practice scenarios at the end of the book. The resources list in the back of the book covers topics such as dating, fashion, and gift giving.Frankly, this book is not just for teens with Asperger syndrome. In reading it, I found it to be a great reminder of how being polite isn’t about just saying the “pleases” and “thank yous”; it’s about interacting with people so they feel special, appreciated, and validated.