All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

all-cats-have-aspergerLife takes turns sometimes, and although All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann has been out for a few years, it is worth taking a look at again. With cute pictures and a gentle, but highly informative text, this is one of those children’s books that is really for everyone. It is helpful for children with Asperger Syndrome, their families, relatives, classmates, teachers, and anyone else who works with children.

Hoopmann has done a wonderful job explaining not only the challenges of raising a child with Asperger Syndrome, but also the potential, giving a sense that through the differences are positives. For example, a child may be a picky eater and be highly sensitive, but he or she can also focus on a topic for long periods of time and may see the world with amazing insight.

Her choice of cats as subjects works not only because people with Asperger Syndrome may seem aloof like cats and only want contact on their terms, but also because the highly posed cats and kittens convey messages to children who might not understand the facial expressions and postures of human models. The soft and playful cats add a touch of warmth and humor to a subject that in other circumstances may be emotionally-charged or difficult to talk about.

After reading this book, you may find there’s a little cat in all of us.

Hardcover: 72 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (October 26, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1843104814
ISBN-13: 978-1843104810
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches


All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

by Kathy Hoopmann

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All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome — 2 Comments

  1. Nonfiction Monday scores again – we are definitely ordering this one for our library, as well as “All Dogs Have ADD.” Our school district just started two different autism units this year, due to the increasing numbers of kids with in the autism/asperger spectrum, and we are always looking for great books. Thanks!

  2. If you are interested in this book, try Anything But Typical as well. It is a middle grade fiction written from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy with autism. I thought it was outstanding (see my review on Wednesday.)

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