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The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Completely Revised and Updated (March, 2005)
Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration
by Patricia Romanowski Bashe and Barbara L. Kirby
Forewords by Simon-Baron Cohen and Tony Attwood, PhD

Available March 29, 2005 at Local and Online Bookstores
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Journal Reviews

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Publishers Weekly

When Bashe, a certified special education teacher, and Kirby, founder and moderator of OASIS (a popular Asperger Syndrome Web site with support message boards), published the previous edition of this book in 2001, parents of children with the pervasive development disorder flocked to it. The authors now offer this updated edition of the definitive resource, explaining what is currently known about the nature of Asperger Syndrome from the viewpoint of doctors and families. In understandable language, Bashe and Kirby provide instructions for parents on how to gain access to information, support and treatment for their child, covering the most up-to-date options available as well as advice on new medications and special education. Later, they look at aspects of the “whole child,” offering suggestions for parents on helping their son or daughter manage their social and emotional worlds, life at school and general growing-up issues. Bashe and Kirby acknowledge that every AS child is different, but with the help of numerous anecdotes from parents of AS children, they manage to provide a wide-ranging, indispensable guide. (On sale Mar. 29)
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Publishers Weekly (First Edition Review)

Parents struggling to find answers about their children often have to wade through pedantic and confusing mazes. Frequently, books about medical or developmental conditions offer little more than the author’s personal story or a textbookish monotone. Refreshingly, these authors delve into the shady, often misunderstood world of pervasive developmental disorders, of which perhaps the most well-known is autism, with clarity, warmth and amazing depth, focusing on Asperger Syndrome (AS). The authors present unfamiliar terms and jargon with full explanations, and with none of the patronizing tone sometimes encountered in the medical world. The reader is not left with the personal story alone, and forced to go off on her own expedition for information. The authors (both mothers of AS children) effectively trace this disorder from the onset of symptoms through adulthood. While most parents may be tempted to skip straight to Chapter 2 to devour the list of telltale signs and apply them to their own child, they would do well to start at the beginning. The book grew out of the authors’ OASIS Web site (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support), which has furthered AS research immeasurably (the site’s response rates alone provide important information about potential numbers of people with AS). These authors have certainly done their homework. Besides invaluable practical information, parents and other interested persons will find comfort in the book’s welcoming tone and the knowledge that they are not alone.
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Booklist

Both Bashe and Kirby have sons with Asperger Syndrome (AS), which is somewhat similar to autism. In this guide based on messages and discussions from the Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) Web site, they point out early, and frequently underline, the fact that each AS sufferer is a person who deserves love and encouragement. After parents overcome the shock of AS diagnosis and realize that their child isn’t bad, nor are they bad parents, they will have many questions, plans, ups, and downs. This guide aims to lead them through all those in a practical and understanding manner. It stresses that flexibility, resilience, and factual information are major needs of all involved with an AS person; discusses methods for dealing with individuals and institutions; and strongly advises parents not to try going it alone. This helpful book concludes with referral to sources of further information.
–William Beatty
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Library Journal

Though few Americans have ever heard of Asperger Syndrome (AS), recent studies suggest its rate of occurrence may be as high as seven in 1000. Also known as high-functioning autism, AS is characterized by obsessive behavior, normal to high intelligence, and deficits in social interaction, communication, and imagination. Bashe and Kirby, both mothers of children with AS, rely heavily on professional literature for their book. However, they also draw upon the results of numerous parent surveys they have posted on their OASIS (Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support) web site. Their text covers clinical aspects of AS in practical language. The authors also deal with taking control of your child’s education and therapeutic program, as well looking at the whole child, including areas professionals tend to neglect. As awareness of AS grows among both professionals and the general public, so will the need for a book of this quality. A valuable purchase for most large and mid-sized collections.
–KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Eatonville, WA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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