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Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)


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Introduction. 1. Parents and Other Pivotal People. 2. Some Things Never Change. 3. Understanding Asperger Adolescence. 4. Key Insights. 5. The Best Approach. 6. Your Relationship with Your Son or Daughter. 7. Self Image. 8. Shaping Core Beliefs. 9. Communication that Works. 10. A Predictable World?. 11. The Problem with People. 12. Preparation for Adulthood. 13. When Things Go Off the Rails. Tip Finder: A List of All the Ideas, Tips and Strategies in Order as they Appear Throughout the Book.

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Everyday solutions and tips for teens from bestselling author of Parenting Your Child with Asperger's Syndrome

About the Author

Brenda Boyd is the author of Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She holds a degree in law from Queens University, Belfast, and has previously worked as a solicitor with her own law practice. Her son Kenneth Hall is the author of Asperger Syndrome the Universe and Everything also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Following Kenneth's diagnosis at the age of nine, Brenda became increasingly involved with local autism charities. She has worked for the National Autistic Society and qualified as a Life Coach specialising in Asperger Syndrome. Today she works with her husband, singer songwriter Bap Kennedy. She has recorded an album of her own original songs and plays bass guitar in Bap's band. Brenda and Bap are co-patrons of Autism NI. Her website can be viewed at


Author Brenda Boyd offers no fewer than 325 practical ideas, insights, tips and strategies to address the often-complex issues parents face during the crucial period of transition for a child with Asperger's. -- Autism eye
Overall, this is a good handy book to have on your shelf. It's like having a parent who's been through the thing you have been through, and has come out the other side, in your home, ready to give advice on any question you can think of. A very useful resource for those whose AS young people are heading towards or going through adolescence. --
Provides a fine survey packed with insights for parents of teens and young adults who have Asperger Syndrome, and packs in over three hundred strategies for handling common parenting issues... Parents will find this a "must", packed with ideas and tested solutions. -- Midwest Book Reivew

Brenda Boyd brings her common sense, positive self to her latest book which treads sensitively but fearlessly through the challenging years of "commando parenting" a young person with autism. As a result, she has created a toolkit bursting with practiced templates, insightful connections and practical hooks on which to shape a deeper understanding and appreciation of the need to be "a student of him and you". Appreciating the need for a "Social Curriculum" and that "problem" behaviour can be a coping mechanism, and life coaching can be a lifeline, bring the challenges into a sharper more comprehensible focus.While this book is written ostensibly for parents, the underlying message is about shared experience, self respect and mutual benefit which transforms the ordinary into extraordinary and opens this book up directly to people with Asperger syndome. This book is not about "him and me" - it is about "US" and the audience is universal.

-- Dr Arlene Cassidy, CEO, AutismNI: Northern Ireland's Autism Charity
I am thrilled to see a book written for parents of teenagers and young adults who have Asperger syndrome (AS) that is crafted around a theme of optimism. In her book, Brenda Boyd presents practical plans and realistic tips that underscore AS does not delineate a person as unable or ridiculously difficult to raise. Boyd's simple, albeit deep and rich message is this: when parents construct and institute appropriate supports, empathy and understanding to their maturing child with AS, their child will in turn learn how to find and collect the keys that open a happy life filled with all sorts of goodness. -- Liane Holliday Willey, EdD author of Safety Skills for Women with Asperger Syndrome and Pretending to be Normal
A masterful insight into parenting young people with Asperger syndrome. Full of down-to-earth and up-to-date practical advice. This book is an invaluable tool for parents as their children approach adulthood. -- Julie Connell, Educational Psychologist

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