Written from a parent's perspective, this book gives a candid and thoughtful account of one family's trek through the world of Asperger Syndrome. The author makes it very clear that, while professional help can be necessary, parents are in the best position to make a difference in their children's lives and should be in control of, and involved in, their children's care and education. She offers practical and positive advice on topics including: diagnosis and self-diagnosis; dealing with your own reactions and those of others; type of school and homeschooling; medication; and dietary issues. Written in clear, straightforward language, the book does not promote any particular therapy or prescribe fixed solutions, but aims to help parents to ask good questions and come up with answers to suit their own circumstances and children. Full of humour and common sense, "Hitchhiking Through Asperger Syndrome" should make encouraging, inspiring and entertaining reading for all parents of children with Asperger Syndrome.
"What is your definition of hell?" the author once asked her son John. He said without hesitation "Surprises". It is anecdotes like this that make Lisa Pyles' book special. I have little hesitation in recommending this book. It is positive, sometimes provoking and, although written primarily for parents, the many practical suggestions for dealing with or avoiding problems should be equally valuable to teachers or other professionals involved in this field... an entertaining, enjoyable and educative read. -- NASEN Any parent who has a child with a similar condition can identify themselves with this book. As the father of a 35-year-old autistic child, reading this book was, for me, like looking in the mirror. -- OAARSN Book Reviews 'Lise Pyles' Hitchhiking Through Asperger Syndrome is a warm and personal journal, an incredibly comprehensive encyclopaedia and a very practical instruction manual all conveniently wrapped up into one beautifully written book'. -- OAARSN Book Review Although the book is primarily written for parents, I read the manuscript with my text liner in constant use, highlighting her descriptions and advice and gaining much insight to aid me in my professional role. She provides an explanation of the syndrome in terms that are clear and accurate. Her chapter on coming to terms and moving forward examines many issues that are extremely important for parents. She writes as a mentor, companion and navigator, providing information and options, and generates a positive attitude in the reader. This book will help parents achieve understanding and become not only more knowledgeable, but empowered in their ability to achieve real progress. -- Tony Attwood Lise Pyles' Hitchhiking Through Asperger Syndrome is a warm personal journal, an incredibly comprehensive encyclopedia and a very practical instruction manual all conveniently wrapped up into one beautifully written book. I have had the privilege of reading most every book written on Asperger Syndrome and I can honestly say, if you are only going to buy a tiny handful of books on the subject, make certain this is one of them. As for me, I'm going to buy a copy for everyone I know. -- Liane Holliday Willey
Foreword. Preface. 1. Our story. 2. What is Asperger Syndrome? 3. Grabbing hold. 4. Coming to terms, moving forward. 5. School in general. 6. School specifics. 7. Homeschooling and home helps. 8. Medication. 9. Diet. 10. Final thoughts. Appendices. References. Index.