Tonight we had our annual professional development book discussion at work.  This year we had a few books to choose from, so I chose the only novel on the list-House Rules by Jodi Picoult (who also happens to live in New Hampshire).  It is not a bad book.  The older son in the book has Aspberger's Syndrome so the story revolves around his condition and how it impacts everyone who comes into contact with him.  It is also a murder mystery.  The downside?  It switches "voices" from one character to another, which I don't like, and there is no real closure-intentionally, but I like closure. 
The book was good, but I would actually recommend The Out of Sync Child if you have an interest in sensory processing disorder in children.  While it's not about Aspbergers or autism, it is about characteristics on the autism spectrum and it presents four different types of SPD, while the novel shows only one child with Aspbergers, leaving you thinking that all children with it are just like him.  There is also a book called The Out of Sync Child at Play, which I've heard is really good.

01/27/2011 4:16am

I'll have to give them a look. With our history of adopted kids placed at 6 months, 18 months, and 24 months of age respectivly - I'm wondering if a lot of our kids don't suffer from and environmental SPD of sorts. They tend to 'overcome it' - but like any individuals - each at their own pace, and based on this super small and non-scientific sample - it also seems the younger they are when placed the quicker they overcome the issues....still - something that us AP's should try to remember when we wonder why our DS/DD is out of control at the may not be out of control - it just may be way over loaded!

hugs - aus and co.


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