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I Am Utterly Unique: Celebrating the Strengths of Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism [Hardcover]

By Vivian Strand (Illustrator)
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Item description for I Am Utterly Unique: Celebrating the Strengths of Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism by Vivian Strand...

Teaches the alphabet through such positive statements as "I am genuinely goodhearted" for the letter "g" and "I am utterly unique" for the letter "u."

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Discover the unique characteristics and abilities of children with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism - from A to Z. This book, laid out in an A-to-Z format, celebrates the extraordinary gifts and unique perspectives that ASD children possess. Each page of this playful alphabet book presents one of the children's many talents and abilities. The kid-friendly illustrations and clever text create a positive portrayal of children with ASD. Designed to help the children with ASD grow in self-awareness of their many capabilities, "I Am Utterly Unique" also encourages dialogue with siblings, friends, parents and teachers.

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Each page of this playful alphabet book presents one of the many talents and abilities of children on the autism spectrum. From "I have Fantastic Focus" to "I aks a Quadrillion Questions," the synergy between the words and the illustrations makes for a very positive portrayal of the extraordinary gifts and perspectives of children with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. This celebration of uniqueness is for young and old readers alike.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   56
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 10.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 6, 2006
Publisher   Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN  1931282897  
ISBN13  9781931282895  

Availability  0 units.

More About Vivian Strand

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ELAINE MARIE LARSON is a former preschool, elementary and adult English-as-a-Second-Language teacher. She wrote "I Am Utterly Unique" to help her young grandson, who has Asperger Syndrome, grow in self-awareness of his many capabilities. Elaine has also written "Up and Down," a book on gravity, and her stories have been included in two anthologies, "Christmas Programs for Children" and "Rainy Day, Sunny Day Activity Book." In addition, she has sold poetry and essays to "The Saturday Evening Post," "Birds and Bloom," and a variety of other adult and children's magazines, including "Highlights for Children." A lifelong resident of Minnesota, Elaine Larson lives with her husband in the Minneapolis area. Her four grandchildren are often the inspiration for her stories and poems.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Education > Special Education
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Reviews - What do customers think about I Am Utterly Unique: Celebrating the Strengths of Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism?

Good for self esteem  Sep 24, 2008
Good simple book showing positive aspects of people on AS. Many "that's just like me moments" with my 6th grader.
Great idea for a book!  May 8, 2008
I got this book for my son, who is high functioning and he has really enjoyed it and we have added it to our night time routine. While not all the characteristics apply exactly to him (he laughs at "F" which is "I have fantastic focus", because he doesn't at all, and he knows it!) We have also used as a template to do our own alphabet book, geared more specific to him. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it is a little more simplistic than I had wanted. The great thing about this book is that it gives these guys positive aspects of autism instead of more of what they "can't" do.
Fabulous Alphabet Book for ASD kids!  Apr 25, 2008
My son really enjoyed reading this book with me! He was very proud as each letter referenced a wonderful, unique quality about him. What a gift to celebrate together!
Great book despite writer's confusion over readers' age  Mar 4, 2008
The traits commonly associated with Asperger's syndrome (one of the autism spectrum disorders) are listed out in alliterative alphabetical order-I Like to Learn, I am Utterly Unique, I am a Knowledgable Kid...etc. What I love about this book is the positive spin it puts on children with AS. It doesn't attempt to fix them, it's a moral booster. The only thing I don't like is that, by the time a child with AS gets to the point of appreciating a book like this, an alphabet book can be seen as insulting to his intelligence.
Other than that, this is another great motivational book for a child with AS-or really, any highly-funtioning form of autism-that shows the benefits of being a kid who's really good at a number of things. Great job done by the author not trying to "fix" the children reading this book.
Good, but good for younger kids  Mar 2, 2008
I think the book is great. I love the positive view!

It just wasn't right for what I was looking for. It's definitely geared toward a younger audience than my 11 year old son.

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