By Blythe Grossberg, Psy.D.
Magination Press, $9.95, 128 pages
Children who have Asperger’s (a disorder within the autism spectrum) have more challenges than children without, particularly in the social realm. One of the most helpful things for these children is to give them specific rules to fall back on when negotiating the social environment, school and general everyday life. This book, Asperger’s Rules!: How to Make Sense of School and Friends, aims to do just that. Using a strengths-based perspective, the book works on helping children use their own talents and skills to be more successful at school. The book is an excellent tool to help children learn how to identify their feelings, role-play how they can react in a variety of situations and problem-solve for handling school situations in a more positive way. The book comes with self-quizzes, teaches problem solving and how to handle a variety of situations that come up during school, and encourages kids to stretch their limits in regards to talking to people and making friends. This book is designed to be used with a parent, counselor or learning specialist and is a great tool for professionals to use when working with children who have Asperger’s.
Reviewed by Barbara Cothern