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The Boy Who Saved My Life

by Earle Martin

Reviewed by Susan J. Moreno
 

Those of you who may have read Mr. Martin’s previous book, Dear Charlie. A Guide To Living Your Life With Autism, already know what a sensitive grandparent Earle Martin is. He is the Grandpa (or in the case of Charlie Stubbs, “Pots.”) we all wish our kids could have. Some of us have had that type of parent who was that type of grandparent to our child. Others have not. The book is suffused with positive thoughts, tender experiences, and a real-life account of Earle’s life stages as he discovers his grandson’s autism and builds a relationship with him.
 
While reading this book, I laughed, I cried and I reflected on the beauty that suffuses family love and closeness. With his background as an Episcopal priest and then a social worker, Earle Martin is a wise man whose life experiences have been many and varied. His appreciation for Charlie’s many gifts and sharing of Charlie’s perspectives on life are just some of the treasures contained in this book. All proceeds from this book go to Brookwood Community, an educational, residential and entrepreneurial community for adults with functional disabilities: www.brookwoodcommunity.org

Episodes: My Life As I See It

by Blaze Ginsberg

Reviewed by Susan Moreno

As parents and advocates, we are always stressing that our loved ones on the spectrum are individuals, and that each of them is unique. Well, look no further for proof! Blaze Ginsberg has chosen an utterly unique writing format and style. He relates his life recollections in the form of episodes for a drama series. He even selects background music for each episode.
Somewhat reminiscent of Temple Grandin’s Thinking in Pictures, this book takes us into Blaze’s memory and experiences. Instead of explaining in Temple’s style, Blaze just shares the episodes in his drama (his life). I strongly suggest this book to readers from all backgrounds. It is a book that you can pick up and read for hours or in snippets of minutes at a time. 
Blaze’s name is perfect for him. Even just at first contact with him through his literature, he blazes his way into your awareness and your heart.
 

Tremendaspie

by Tracey Gottliebsen


Look Me In The Eye

by John Elder Robison

 

Mozart and the Whale: An Asperger’s Love Story

by Jerry Newport, Mary Newport, Johnny Dodd

 

Employment for Individuals With Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability: Stories and Strategies

by Yvona Fast

 

The Asperger Parent: How to Raise a Child with Asperger Syndrome and Maintain Your Sense of Humor

by Jeffrey Cohen

 

Asperger Syndrome in Adolescence: Living with the Ups, The Downs and Things in Between

by Liane Holliday Willey

 Contributors: Richards Howlin, Tony Attwood, Isabelle Henault, Steven Gutstein, Marc Willey, Liane Holliday Willey, Dennis Debbaudt, Rebecca Moeys, Jacqui Jackson, DeAnn Foley, Lise Pyles, Stephen Shore, and Mike Stanton. Foreword Luke Jackson

Asperger Syndrome and Long-Term Relationships

by Ashley Stanford

 

Right Address … Wrong Planet: Children with Asperger Syndrome Becoming Adults

by Gena Barnhill

 

Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success

by Brenda Smith Myles, Diane Adreon

 

Asperger Syndrome Employment Workbooks : A Workbook for Adults with Asperger Syndrome

by Roger N. Meyer

 

Pretending to Be Normal : Living With Asperger’s Syndrome

by Liane Holliday Willey, PhD

 Liane is a writer, teacher, wife and mother who discovered her AS after her daughter was diagnosed.

Eating an Artichoke : A Mother’s Perspective on Asperger’s Syndrome

by Echo R. Fling, Tony Attwood (Foreword)

 

Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About

by Haley Moss

Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About – A Teenage Girl with High-Functioning Autism Shares Her Experiences

Forward by OASIS@MAAP Susan Moreno

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid

by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian

From Amazon’s site-

"One of the best parts of the book is that these two moms sound like…well, two moms. And two very funny moms at that. So you’re going to laugh (a lot), and cry (a little), and you’re going to hope for the best, and you’re going to pray that someone can help their kids, and best of all you’re going to know that you’re not alone. So if you were hoping for a dry, predictable reading experience, I’m quite certain you’ve selected the wrong book. Kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges aren’t dry and predictable, so hang on to your hat and bring along some tissues."
—Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School



” target=”_blank”>The Partner’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome

by Susan J. Moreno, Marci Wheeler, and Kealah Parkinson

Adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) often have difficulties acquiring relationship skills due to the defining characteristics of the syndrome, experiences with peers during childhood and adolescence, and the expectations of their partners. However, an increasing number do go on to achieve happy and successful long-term relationships with non-spectrum (NS) partners.

This supportive book will give NS partners a better understanding of NS/AS relationships, and of what other NS partners have found to be helpful in terms of better understanding themselves and their partners, and enriching their relationships. Drawing on their experience of being in long-term relationships with AS partners, and interviews with over 100 others in the same situation, the authors explore the key differences which may impact upon AS/NS relationships, such as communication, social skills, and sensory issues, and offer tried-and-tested advice on how to surmount difficulties and make things work. The book includes chapters on coping with stress and meltdowns, parenting, positive AS qualities and how to use them to their full advantage in a relationship, as well as advice on how the NS partner can ensure that their own needs are met.

This book will provide support and encouragement to those in a relationship with someone who has been diagnosed with AS, or who is suspected of having AS, and will also be a useful resource for counsellors and other professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of AS/NS relationships.

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