The Basics of Understanding and Supporting Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome
Starting from the premise that no two individuals with ASD are the same, Hudson and Myles provide a global perspective of how the core characteristics of AS may appear separately and/or simultaneously, and how they may manifest themselves in a variety of situations. Each characteristic is then paired with a brief explanation, followed by a series of listed interventions. Interventions include strategies and visual supports that help children on the spectrum who have difficulty with abstract concepts and thoughts, difficulty understanding and regulating emotions, difficulty recognizing, interpreting, and empathizing with the emotions of others and much more. Starting Points: The Basics of Understanding and Supporting Children and Youth with Asperger Syndrome is a good place to begin learning about your child or student with ASD.
MEET THE AUTHORS
Jill Hudson, MS, CCLS is a certified child life specialist. Trained at John Hopkins, she formerly worked at children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her master's degree in autism/Asperger Syndrome from the University of Kansas, In addition to co-authoring Out and About: Preparing Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders to Participate in Their Communities, she is the author of Prescription for Success: Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Medical Environment and Cabins, Canoes and Campfires: Guidelines for Establishing a Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jill consults and presents nationally and internationally.
Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, a consultant with the Ziggurat Group and AAPC President, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America's Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. Brenda has made over 1500 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. In addition, she served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee; and collaborated with the National Professional Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, National Autism Center, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who identified evidenced-based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (SCORE) and ASTEP Asperger Syndrome Training and Education Program. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.