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All Cats Have Asperger's Syndrome
Hoopman, Kathy
Jessica Kingsley Publishers / Softcover / 2006-01-01 / 1843104814
Autism Spectrum (Self Help) / Children's Books
price: $18.95
288 pages
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Moonbeam Childhood Wellness Award 2007 Bronze Medalist

Shortlisted for the 2007 Eve Pownall Award for Information Books by the Children's Book Council of Australia

'There is a great deal of truth in humour. If you have only just begun to discover why someone with Asperger's syndrome is different, this book will inform and entertain you. The descriptions provide an accurate balance between the qualities and difficulties associated with Asperger's syndrome, while the photographs will make the journey of discovery enjoyable and remarkable.'
- Tony Attwood, author of Asperger's Syndrome and The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

'The one thing I notice most about cats, and respect them for, is their independence. It's a funny thing because this is also what I notice about my Aspie friends. In fact, I see this in my own life as well. It's a unique quality that sets us apart from most other humans. Just like cats are not like dogs. I mean we wouldn't want them to be, would we? Kathy's humorous book that highlights the unique qualities of individuals with Asperger's has us "down to a T".'
- Wendy Lawson, author of many books on the autism spectrum

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS.

Delightful colour photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits.

Touching, humorous and insightful, this book evokes the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality, and potential of people with AS.

This engaging book is an ideal, gentle introduction to the world of AS.

Reviews:

'In a heartwarming, playful and endearing way, the author has created a wonderful book that promotes understanding of difference, is positive and hopeful for all. I can't recommend this book enough for parents and children alike, who will get a lot of pleasure reading it together and looking at the pictures. Left on the coffee table for friends and relatives to read would be a great way of increasing their understanding too.'

- Connected

'In her 2006 picture book, Australian author Kathy Hoopmann uses a familiar and beloved subject for many children - cats - to explain and human neurological condition. Some behaviour of children with Asperger's might seem unusual to others their age, but Hoopmann patiently demystifies it. Imagine: an enjoyable didactic book. It's a rare combination, but this creative approach pulls it off.'

- Chicken Spaghetti Blog

'This book is touching, humorous and gives a great insight, and evokes the joys and challenges of raising a child who is different - a child with Autism. It leaves the reader with a sense of the individuality and the wonderful potential of people with Asperger Syndrome.
This is such a great picture book which not only expresses the feelings of an Autistic person in a way that children can understand but also for adults as well. Definitely a book for all.'

- BFK Books.com

'All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome is a great addition for the coffeetable for any residence. I would also suggest this for therapist, doctor and school offices. The audience will gain insights through the delightful photographs of cats and kittens in various forms of play and vivid times of distress, alone time and funny mishaps along the way.'

-BellaOnline Reviews

'They are independent, adventurous and bright but can often leave you utterly bewildered - a description that will have cat-lovers everywhere nodding in agreement. It will also ring a bell for those with friends with Asperger Syndrome. Through the harmony of words and photos, Hoopman's clever sense of humour opens up the world of Asperger to reveal the potential and the individuality that is so often misunderstood.'

- Mychild

'My nine year old Grand-daughter Emma has just been diagnosed with Autism, but to my knowledge has never heard the word Aspergers. I thought that I would read the book to her. After listening up to page 13, she said, "This is a book about my problems not a cats problem at all." I progressed through the book showing her the pictures, which she found highly amusing, and through provoking making comments all along. I myself though that the book should be one that is on all schools bookshelves to introduce to teachers and children into the world of `different' children who have problems that need careful handling.'

- Linchpin Journal

'What an absolutely charming book! Adorable, funny, interesting photographs of cats are combined with simple, accurate information about Asperger Syndrome in this little gem. It is a PERFECT way to introduce Asperger Syndrome to classmates, neighbors, friends, helpers and community at large. This book should be in the home of every family with a loved one on the spectrum. It should NEVER be on a bookshelf. It should be in someone's hands being shared with someone else!'

- The MAAP

'A warm and understanding approach to the syndrome and those people affected by it. Each page has a beautiful glossy photograph of an endearing kitten or cat doing something a child with Asperger Syndrome might do, such as taking a risk with no idea of the danger he might get into. Accompanying each photo is a short sentence or phrase, explaining how such a child may feel, think or act under certain circumstances.
It is a heart-warming and encouraging book and ideal for anybody who cares for an Asperger child, although I would recommend everybody to read it at least once (I have now read it four times), as it helps those of us who are ignorant of this condition to understand it more fully.
I found this book to be both poignant and humorous, without being patronising. I believe the author has aimed to educate and inform but without overwhelming the reader with statistics or technical jargon. In my opinion she has achieved this aim.'

- The National Child Minding Association

'The one thing I notice most about cats, and respect them for, is their independence. It's a funny thing because this is also what I notice about my Aspie friends. In fact, I see this in my own life as well. It's a unique quality that sets us apart from most other humans. Just like cats are not like dogs. I mean we wouldn't want them to be, would we? Kathy's humorous book that highlights the unique qualities of individuals with Asperger's has us "down to a T".'

- Wendy Lawson, author of many books on the autism spectrum

'A nice choice for explaining AS to young siblings or classmates, gets some serious business done in a non-threatening, unchallenging way. If the reader in question loves cats, all the better, because there are some real cuties in here. Sometimes simplicity is a virtue, and a kindly package like this on can be invaluable in providing enlightenment in others and empowerment to your child.'

- Terri Mauro, About.com

'Illuminated with delightful colour photographs it compares-touchingly and humorously - the characteristics shared by cats and those with Asperger's. An ideal introduction to the world of Asperg. It uses lovely photographs of cats to outline many characteristics of Aspergers, and could be really useful resource to help children(and adults) who don't have Asperger Syndrome to understand the experience of those who do'.

- Learning Support

About the Author:

Kathy Hoopmann is an Australian author currently living in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. She is the author of ten books for children and teenagers published in Australia, the UK and the UAE. Her acclaimed Asperger Adventure series: Blue Bottle Mystery, Of Mice and Aliens, and Lisa and the Lacemaker, was shortlisted for a variety of literary awards and has been translated into five languages.

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