From the article: Runner-Up: The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules
Are you a fan of "The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome"? It's a finalist in the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards for Favorite New Special-Needs Children's Book, so tell your fellow readers why they should check it out and give it a vote. Share Your Enthusiasm
Such a valuable book
- Sometimes a book gets written that just goes beyond the standard information text. "The Asperkids (Secret) Book of Social Rules" is one such book, and it has become so special to my son as he sees it as his own personal guidebook. As he's only 8 I'd originally put it away for when he's older, but it came out following a really tough day and now lives on his bedside table. It is accessible to him now and will serve him for years to come. As an Aspie herself, Jennifer Cook O'Toole writes with fantastic insight, and her language is so clear and easy to understand. She manages to demystify social situations that, as a non-Aspie myself, I don't even always realise are mystifying. Thank goodness for her! Her writing and outlook on life is so positive that it becomes contagious. After years of feeling low about himself (terribly sad considering he's only 8), my son is now starting to see his Aspie-ness as a exciting blessing rather than a curse, and I can't tell you how valuable that is.
- —Guest LizAnnS
What I Love Most...
- As the illustrator of this book, I love the illustrations! Kidding. My favorite part of "The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules" is the "Ah... I see" or "Ah-ha!" moments I had as I read and grasped each concept. Jennifer has a special gift in communicating through stories that all of us (both on and off the spectrum) can easily relate to and take something away from. (And I love the illustrations.) :)
- —Guest Brian Bojanowski
Hope in a book
- I am honored to endorse Jennifer’s book. I could write a long list of reasons why her books, and of course their author, are world changers. I do hope they keep getting the recognition they deserve. Jennifer should always have solid platform on which she can deliver her amazing knowledge and encouraging perspective. One reason stands out loudest this week to this mother of an amazing little boy who is an Asperkid. I find a lot of perspectives to be short-sighted. They are well-meaning but offered by those who haven’t tasted, seen, felt, lived this day to day. Please excuse my "sensational" way of endorsing this book, but I can sink my teeth into Jennifer’s book. It is tangible, helpful and solid. I also identify with writings that poetically describe living life from the spectrum. However, when I reach for support, need a lifeline, some encouragement, HELP, SOS, Jennifer’s books deliver! She not only gets what my son and I deal with, she offers solid steps to help us move forward. She beautifully balances celebrating Asperkids just as they are, while offering a survival guide to help us navigate the complex social world. Jennifer is brilliant AND she "gets it." That means everything to me.
- —Guest Kelly