What a fabulous insight into the mystery of Asperger’s Syndrome, a single name for so many manifestations of this fascinating subject; one syndrome, but with so many different symptoms; all of them the same – yet different!
Having been a young and inexperienced teacher of infants many years ago, and now parenting my own pre-teen son with Asperger’s Syndrome (to be referred to as AS in my review), I can safely say that this is an excellent book in defining the many facets to the character of AS and how it impacts not only on the diagnosed, but also on the family, friends and teachers within their circle.
‘The Essential Manual for Asperger Syndrome (ASD) in the Classroom’ provides an expert guide in the confident and knowledgable voice of author Kathy Hoopmann, a first-hand view of the AS world from diagnosed individuals, the teacher’s perspective, and also the parental side to the story. All are affected to varying degrees according to their relationship with the AS child, the type of symptoms the child displays, and their ability to cope – particularly with the more challenging behavioural side.
Kathy Hoopmann again provides solid and knowledgable reasons why these behaviours may occur and gives coping strategies, advice on communicating with primary carers, and suggestions for the teacher including strategies for fostering a more understanding and supportive peer group within the classroom.
Rarely does a non-fiction book grab me with such force that I am keen to read on with such enthusiasm, but I can say with complete honesty that this book ‘spoke’ to me and I would have no hesitation in recommending it, not just for teachers, but for anyone who just wants a better understanding of its subject.
I give this book 5 stars out of 5!
BOOK REVIEW: THE ESSENTIAL MANUAL FOR ASPERGER SYNDROME (ASD) IN THE CLASSROOM BY KATHY HOOPMANN