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About Barb Kirby
The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome
by Patty Romanowski Bashe and Barbara L. Kirby
Foreword by Tony Attwood, Ph.D.

Table of Contents

Reviewer Comments

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Launch Day Review 11/13/01

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Reviewer Comments

“A wonderful book – this volume will be an invaluable guide for parents and teachers.”

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D.
Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychology, and Pediatrics
Yale University Child Study Center


“This book, written by two parents of children who have AS, is well researched and gives sound, practical advice on diagnosis, treatment, and effective interventions. It addresses the needs of the whole child.”

John Pomeroy, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
State University of New York at Stony Brook


“If I had one cent for every person who has ever said, “Where would my family be without Barb Kirby and OASIS?”, I would be as rich as Midas. But some things are better even than gold. Thank goodness Barbara L. Kirby and Patricia Romanowski Bashe know that! Together, they have provided the community of Asperger Syndrome with more than a rainbow’s end of the shiny stuff. I wonder if they knew that when they finished taking the OASIS website and turning it into a stuffed-full-with-good-things book, they would also be opening a wondrous treasure chest brimming with understanding and support.

Liane Holliday Willey, EdD
Pretending to be Normal: Living With Asperger’s Syndrome
Asperger Syndrome in the Family: Redefining Normal


“If someone were to ask me to suggest the most useful resource about AS, I would not hesitate for an instant: The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome. The authors have presented all the current information on AS with admirable clarity and empathy. This is a must-read book for parents, educators, and individuals with AS alike.”

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas
Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for
Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns;
Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for
Making Sense of the World;
Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School


“If it is important for parents and professionals to be on “the same page,” – and it surely is – I strongly recommend starting with any page in the Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome! There is something in this book for everyone. For parents there is sound advice, comforting support, and remarkable insights that are sure to inspire. For professionals, the book offers a compass whose true north will point the way towards success when the changing “terrain” of Asperger syndrome renders typical educational road maps ineffective. There is even a special gift for those with Asperger syndrome – recognition of their struggles, and an acceptance and profound respect for who they are. This book is both inspired and inspiring!

Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D.
Executive Director, ADDCON Center
How To Be a Para Pro: A Comprehensive Guide for Training Paraprofessionals
Trevor, Trevor


“This book will be of genuine and continual assistance to those working on behalf of children and adults with Asperger Syndrome. Rarely does one find such a wealth of quality information all between the same two covers. Some books boast and swagger. This one quietly walks up and raises the bar. This book has important work to do, and it is more than up to the task.”

Carol Gray
Director, The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding
Author and Creator of Social Stories and Comic Book Conversations
Editor of The Morning News


“This book will go to the head of my reference list for parents. It is
thorough, accurate, and user friendly.”

Susan J. Moreno, M.A.A.B.S.
President of Maap Services, Inc.
Founder and Editor of The Maap
Author, “More Advanced Individuals with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome”


“The OASIS Guide is unquestionably the most important resource in the field. It is an indispensable tool for anyone preparing for, or in the midst of running the marathon of parenting, grand parenting, teaching, coaching, treating or in any way becoming involved in the life of an AS child. It is also essential reading during those numerous rest breaks needed to stay sane on the road to the finish line. Bashe and Kirby have provided another gift to their over one million fans. Count me in as an unabashed OASIS cheerleader.”

Steven E. Gutstein Ph.D.
Director, The Connections Center
Author, Autism, Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle


“This is a long awaited book for those living and working with individuals with Asperger Syndrome. The authors have put their years of gathered knowledge, information and resources into one chock-full volume. Presented in an easy to use format with everyday language and compassionate understanding, it will be ‘THE BOOK of AS’ for years to come.

Jeanne Angus, MA


“OASIS has long been a tremendous resource for family members and professionals. In this book, Barb and Patty have thoughtfully organized a massive amount of critical information into a comprehensive and valuable guide. Every family and professional should have a copy of this book readily available as an ongoing resource for supporting individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome. Congratulations to the authors for their valuable contribution.”

Cathy Pratt, Ph.D.
Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Board of Director, Autism Society of America


“Incredible! The OASIS Guide contains tremendous advice, tips, and practical solutions to manage the confusion of special ed and Asperger Syndrome. The new parent and seasoned veteran should read the Guide, cover to cover. It is excellent.”

Peter W. D. Wright, Esq.
co-author, with Pamela Darr Wright, of
“Wrightslaw: Special Education Law” and, “Wrightslaw: From
Emotions to Advocacy: Survival Guide to Special Education”
Owner of www.wrightslaw.com

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