Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review of Asperger's in Pink and Giveaway!

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, April's Best of the Best is a Book Review and Giveaway Bonanza. Check out S-O-S Research to see a list of all the many bloggers who are posting reviews of books dealing with special needs, like autism, SPD, ADHD, etc. Plus, many of these bloggers are hosting giveaways, so be sure to check them out!

I decided to post a review of Asperger's in Pink that I wrote for OUR Journey THRU Autism, who hosts an amazing book club every month, which you should really check out!

Don't forget to read to the bottom of the post to see how to enter this giveaway and have a chance to win your very own copy of Asperger's in Pink by Julie Clark!

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If you happen to have a child with Asperger's Syndrome, chances are it is a boy. According to statistics, there are 4 boys with Asperger's to every 1 girl who has the disorder. It's no wonder that parents like Julie Clark experience doubt and resistance when others find out she has a daughter, Kristina, who has Asperger's Syndrome.

Time and again, people have questioned Kristina's diagnosis. Even teachers and other professionals have expressed doubt and disbelief and have even pushed her to get another opinion. Clark is sure, however; Kristina definitely has Asperger's Syndrome.

It's not just that more boys are diagnosed with the syndrome, though. Boys and girls often have different symptoms and react differently to the world, which just adds to the confusion.

This is why Clark decided to write a book about her family's experience with Asperger's. Her goal is to share her experience in the hopes of possibly educating other people about Asperger's in girls. Asperger's in Pink, this month's OJTA book club selection, chronicles Clark's family's journey into the world of Asperger's Syndrome.

Asperger's in Pink is labeled as a must read for "raising (or being!) a girl with Aspeger's." But I wouldn't stop there. As a mother of a son with high-functioning autism, I learned quite a bit from this book. Clark includes lots of information and insight on how to work with school officials and teachers to get your child the services she needs.

She also discusses many daily challenges facing those on the autism spectrum, including difficulties with transitions, challenges with being flexible, and of course, the problems many face with social skills. Intermingled with the advice is a great big helping of personal stories--many of which will make you smile as you relate to Clark and her challenges raising her daughter.



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OK, so here's the easy part. In order to enter the giveaway, you just need to leave a comment here on my blog. For a chance for a second entry you can follow my blog as well. The giveaway will run through Monday, April 25th.


Here are some more reviews of amazing books about autism and SPD. I highly recommend each of these books!

5 comments:

K- floortime lite mama said...

Sounds like a wonderful book

Michelle said...

I would love this book as my 3.5 yr old daughter and I struggle to navigate our way through life with Asperger's... what an adventure we have ahead of us!

D. S. Walker said...

Thank you for reviewing this book. I have been wanting to read it and haven't found the time yet. I am glad to see another mother of a girl with Asperger's speaking out.

Tiffani Lawton, OJTA said...

Thanks for sharing your review at ourjourneythruautism.com! We just had a wonderful chat with Julie Clark...stay tuned, it will be published soon.

Hirondelle said...

I wasn't aware of this book, but will definitely read it now. . . am trying to learn all I can for my four-year-old daughter.