Item description for Right Address ... Wrong Planet: Children with Asperger Syndrome Becoming Adults by Gena Barnhill...
Surprisingly little has been written about the daunting challenges that Asperger syndrome presents for adolescents and adults. Barnhill's work helps fill this void. Her sensitive and graphic description of the personal experiences of her family in dealing with the issues of Asperger syndrome makes this a captivating book. Barnhill, who holds a doctorate in autism spectrum disorders blends science and first person experience making this an important book for both professionals and parents.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.73 lbs.
Release Date Feb 11, 2002
Publisher Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN 1931282021 ISBN13 9781931282024
Reviews - What do customers think about Right Address ... Wrong Planet: Children with Asperger Syndrome Becoming Adults?
Go to the Source- Diagnostic Statistical Manual IV-TR Apr 21, 2007
Just to set a few of the participating veiwers straight, Asperger's Disorder is recognized by the American Psychiactric Association as a Pervasive Developmental Disorder. One can refer to the DSM IV-TR- a comprehensive book on specific criteria for qualifying diagnoses, used by psychologists and other mental health providers, and published by the American Psychiactric Society-to access the definitive criteria for establishing the existance of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Asperger's, in particular.
Follow-Up From "Young Adult" In Book Dec 15, 2006
I am truly offended by some comments such as, "Unfortunately, this family doesn't have the first clue about what AS actually is." This is absolutely not true. I can attest my family has done a lot for myself. Therapy is not the ONLY answer here. Seeing a shrink is only a piece of the puzzle. The people that have rated the book with 1 star are totally out of line. If you want to pay money for therapy then go ahead and waste your money. If you really want help get then try some medication with some good old-fashioned disipline. Seek help from others as my family has done so. God Bless :)
Right Topic, Wrong Audience Dec 8, 2006
This has its good and bad points. First the good, which is this author's candor in life with a son who has Asperger's Syndrome (AS), which is the spectrum partner to autism.
Now, the bad points. The young man featured in this book was not correctly diagnosed until he reached adulthood. As another reader on the US review boards noted, it does not appear that much had been done for the young man during his boyhood except express disappointment, dismay, disillusionment and disgust over his behavior.
Once the diagnosis of AS is in, the young man's behavior is taxed on his sensory neurobiological condition. Instead of taking proactive steps in working with him to conquer his social difficulties cognitively, dismay over past insensitivities to his behavior and wailing and lamentation appear to underscore a good portion of this book. And, as another reviewer on the US boards noted, I, too would hate to think that people just learning about AS would use this book as "the" approach to take for all people on the autism/Asperger's (a/A) spectrum. There are many approaches to take, such as ABA; floor time; social stories/scripts and playacting social scenarios and working cognitively with the person so they are taught the social mores and norms.
The topper for me was when AS was called a developmental disability. That is just not true! AS is NOT a cognitive NOR a developmental disability, which implies delayed milestones. AS is a sensory neurobiological condition that shares a place on the autism continuum. It is a form of autism that affects sensory integration and processing and, to a certain extent language. However, people with AS are seldom delayed in speech development. What upset me the most was the author's erroneous claim that people with AS outgrow it, which simply isn't true. People with AS learn to cope and compensate and try to camouflage social difficulties and remain baffled by certain social codes and norms, but AS is not something one outgrows. I'm tired of erroneous claims like this because they raise people's hopes, but are grossly inaccurate. I also don't think that kind of thing speaks to tolerance or acceptance.
Skip this and read Jerry Newport's "Your Life is Not a Label - a Guide to Living Fully With Autism & AS," "Solutions for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome: Maximizing the Benefits, Minimizing the Drawbacks to Achieve Success" by Juanita Lovett and "Loving Mr. Spock: Understanding an Aloof Lover - Could it Be Asperger's" by Barbara Jacobs far more helpful and informative for adults with AS. There are better narratives by parents of children who are on the a/A spectrum, such as Cammie McGovern's stellar work about her son Ethan. I want more good books for adults with AS, but I don't feel this is one.
Telling it like it is Sep 21, 2005
Gena Barnhill does an excellent job pulling back the curtain and letting us see inside life with (and as) an Asperger child growing into adulthood. As an adult dealing with the disorder, raising a son with it, I found myself looking both in a mirror and a crystal ball.
Barnhill's down to earth, real life writing style lets you in where you really feel you know the principals.
The book is not (and is not meant to be) a medical or psychological manual. It is human and real and gives a real world view of what the disorder is and how it affected Barnhill's son, and her family - and how they dealt with things. A very interesting and useful read.
Asperger Syndrome? Jun 7, 2005
This is a very personal story of a family dealing with the struggles of a teen/young adult who does not quite fit the definition of "normal". For any family dealing with this in their lives, this book is a good read. However, the descriptions of the teen in the book did not lead me to believe that he has Asperger Syndrome. This is somewhat addressed in the book in the early chapters while the parents were trying to find an appropriate label for their child. If your looking for something specific to Asperger Syndrome, I would look elsewhere. If, however, you would like to share in the experiences of a family who struggle and want the best for their child, this is a good read.