I just finished reading this amazing book by Jodi Picoult called House Rules. If you haven't read it yet I highly recommend you do so. Especially if you're a teacher.
It's all about a teenaged boy with asperger's who's accused of committing a murder. The story is told from varying viewpoints (the boy's, the mom's, the brother's, the lawyer's).
Not only is this an AMAZING story it also really opens your eyes, mind and heart as to what it might be like for a person dealing with autism or asperger's.
After you read House Rules be sure to pick up this little gem: Understanding Sam and Asperger's Syndrome. This book was recommended to me by a blog friend and I'm so happy I bought it!
It's written by Liezl Venter, a speech language pathologist, and illustrated by Clarabelle van Niekerk.
It's a beautiful and vibrant story full of love, tenderness and acceptance. It's a gentle glimpse into a family's life both before and after the asperger's diagnosis.
Everything is simply told, but is very much to the point. Nothing is belaboured; all the quirks and concerns are addressed in a matter-of-fact tone.
I plan to read this book to my Grade 1 class in the fall. This is when I usually read lots of character building stories and this one will fit in beautifully!
At the end of the book there's a letter written by the author to "The Kids"! There's also a section of tips to keep in mind if you live, play or work with a person with asperger's.
Here's a video for kids that helps explain what's going on if a friend has asperger's: