Effectively accommodating the social and academic needs of children on the autistic spectrum is an important task in every school. This book is a practical guide to benefit parents, teachers, local education authorities and international autism organizations.
Each chapter provides a summary followed by anecdotal stories that illustrate a point, describing how a young boy navigates his way through the social challenges that he faces every day. Issues covered include:
... diagnosis and recognizing the difference;
... providing support and understanding;
... concrete thinking.
The focus of the writing is how to live your best life despite your difference. The book describes the problems and pain Karra faced as her son changed and encountered difficulties at every stage. She also demonstrates her resilience and determination and the book is a celebration of her son and their relationship.
"Every year I read several manuscripts written by mothers about having a child with Asperger's syndrome. The quality of manuscripts varies considerably. As soon as I started to read Living Your Best Life with Asperger's syndrome I knew it was going to be one of my favorite biographies. I was entranced by Karra's descriptions of her son's intellectual abilities, his perspective on life and sense of humor. The anecdotes illustrate aspects of Asperger's syndrome perfectly. Professionals will have the "Ah ha!" moment, as the descriptions of events and conversations are consistent with the theoretical models of Asperger's syndrome. Both parents and professionals need to read this book, and then other children with Asperger's syndrome will indeed live a better life"--Tony Attwood
128 pages. 2006