After many years of doctors and tests and useless theories and vague diagnoses, a therapist finally, after 15 minutes of just plain talk, knew it was Asperger’s Syndrome and suggested I start looking on the Internet for information about it. One of the first books I picked up was William Stillman’s “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Asperger’s Syndrome.” This is a great book for learning what Asperger’s Syndrome is and how to deal with the diagnosis and situations with your child as you go about the journey that will seemingly never end.
Before the diagnosis, my daughter was highly emotional, consistently disrespectful and amazingly unaware of how her behavior affected others as well as herself. She had no clue she was disruptive, rude and frustrating to just about everyone around her. I’d wish I could say this book provided something to control her need to spontaneously explode at a moment’s notice (and sometimes not that long), but unfortunately, it doesn’t. This book did helped me glean some much needed information as well as present tips on how to deal with behavior and discipline, and I would still recommend it.
Covering everything from diagnosis to transitioning from high school to higher education or employment, Stillman’s book offers tangible ways to handle just about every situation you may encounter. He has an extensive list of resources in the back of the book which will guide you further in your quest for answers. You may not receive all the help you need, but at least it will be a start in the right direction. Remember, no book is going to give you everything you need because your child will present unique situations no author can anticipate. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s therapist or pediatrician.