Living Your Best Life with Asperger's Syndrome: How a Young Boy and his Mother Deal with the Challenges and Joys of being Eleven, Brilliant and Socially Absent
Publication Year: 2006
Written by the mother of a child with Asperger’s syndrome, this book covers diagnosis and recognizing the difference, providing support and understanding, and communication.
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© Karra Barber 2006
First published 2006
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With love, I dedicate this book to Thomas – you are my treasure.[Page iv]
First I'd like to thank my editor, Barbara Maines. Your sincere interest and support on this subject propelled me to complete this book. I'm indebted to Lucky Duck and SAGE for giving me the opportunity to share Thomas' journey.
Scott, thank you for your confidence and unwavering belief in me. Thanks to my family and friends who encouraged me to write Thomas' stories and bring light to Asperger's syndrome. I am especially thankful to Brad Bunnin, Bob Huddleston, Linda Johnson and Gina Pardo. A special thank you to Dr. Tony Attwood.
Barbara Trent, thank you for more than five years of consistency and steady influence in Thomas' life at school. To Carin Garton and Thomas' elementary school teachers - thanks for helping him grow and shine. I'm grateful to Clare Ames Klein, Karen Zuniga, Kim Wolfram and Jenna Krook for your insight and respect for Thomas.
And to Marc, your generosity and wonderful spirit has enriched our lives immeasurably.
Abbreviations and acronyms used in this book:
AB Assembly Bill for California ADA American Disabilities Act AS Asperger's syndrome ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder AT Assistive Technology CAC Community Advisory Committee CASE Community Alliance for Special Education DSM IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education GFCF Gluten Free & Casein Free IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IEP Individualised Education Program IQ Intelligence Quotient LEA Local Education Agency LRE Least Restrictive Environment NLD Non-Verbal Learning Disorder OT Occupational Therapy PCP Primary Care Physician PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder PT Physical Therapy PAI Protection and Advocacy Incorporated RCEB Regional Center of the East Bay [Page 118]RS Resource Specialist SB Senate Bill SELPA Special Education Local Plan Area SH Severely Handicapped SID Sensory Integration Dysfunction SLP Speech and Language Pathologist
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