Understanding How Asperger Children and Adolescents Think and Learn: Creating Manageable Environments for as Students

Understanding How Asperger Children and Adolescents Think and Learn: Creating Manageable Environments for as Students

Understanding How Asperger Children and Adolescents Think and Learn: Creating Manageable Environments for as Students

Understanding How Asperger Children and Adolescents Think and Learn: Creating Manageable Environments for as Students

Synopsis

This key source for educators and parents clearly explains how the learning process is experienced by Asperger Syndrome (AS) students and how they can be supported in learning settings.

Excerpt

Those with Asperger Syndrome (AS) are often described as having difficulty understanding the perspective of others. Yet understanding them can be as great a challenge for the rest of us. It is not easy to set aside our meanings and understand what something means to someone whose thought processes and references are very different from our own. Some educators may be familiar with as and recognize the cognitive and social deficits in the children described. This book is an invitation to see who these people with as are (the way they think), rather than primarily who they are not (their deficits), and to know them as individuals. in addition to understanding the Asperger mind and thinking, this book examines how to support the process of living and learning during the school years in a way that allows the child to know himself, and to experience an educational environment that supports and enhances his strengths and facilitates successes. I use many examples to illustrate the Asperger mind and perspective, the perspective of others, and the problem-solving and communication approach that is informed by this perspective. Examples of specific children are used with permission, and identifying information and situations have been changed. Most vignettes are a compilation of situations that have occurred in similar ways with several children. Books and manuals that describe specific learning and behavior issues, with suggestions for management and accommodations (e.g. Cumine, Leach and Stevenson 1998; Moore 2002; Buron and Curtis 2004) can easily be used along with this book.

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