The Asperkid's Not-Your-Average-Coloring-Book by Jennifer Cook O'Toole


The Asperkid's Not-Your-Average-Coloring-Book by Jennifer Cook O'Toole

Gathering the artistic talents of Asperkids and artists from around the world, as well as her own original artwork, Jennifer O'Toole has created a one-of-a-kind coloring book that's educational, fun and above all a celebration of difference! We all know that children with Asperger syndrome are far more likely to learn and enjoy themselves when their special interests are involved, and the color-in drawings in this book cover a wide range of subjects that Aspies love. We're talking mythology, atomic structures, nature, historical fashions, and more! Full of cool art, geeky humor, and inspirational quotations, this is a coloring book for all ages that celebrates the unapologetic awesomeness of Asperkids. A proportion of the proceeds will go towards supporting arts programs for children on the autism spectrum.


The author has Asperger's syndrome, is married to someone with Asperger's, and has three children with Asperger's Syndrome... The quality of artwork is truly exceptional in this unusual educational coloring book. -- Midwest Book Review There is clear evidence that working with special interests provides the best learning opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum. Jennifer O'Toole introduces a number of geeky topics with coloring opportunities. What is more, the introductions put many topics in an entirely new light, potentially creating angles of interest to what may so far have been dreaded subjects. My favorite introduction starts out REAL math isn't silly worksheets or meaningless formulae. And it is most definitely NOT the boring creation of some evil schoolteacher. REAL math is how fast starlight travels and the chirping of crickets... . For individuals who have difficulty relating to abstract ideas, this commentary sets a great stage. Highly recommended! -- Lars Perner, PhD, Chair of the Autism Society's Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism Advisors This is a wonderful and inspirational book which will appeal to youngsters on the spectrum by engaging their interests and passions. It is quirky, fun and creative, and will appeal to those for whom these are traits to be valued and nourished. Created by and for people on the spectrum, it celebrates individuality, different ways of thinking, and will appeal to all those Asperkids who find most children's books just plain boring. This is a powerful tool to reinforce and boost the confidence of children on the spectrum, in the guise of a children's colouring book. -- Carol Povey, Director of the Centre for Autism, National Autistic Society, UK Jennifer O'Toole delivers in this highly imaginative and educational book a new format of fun for children on the autism spectrum. This book goes through the subjects in a fluid, direct and creative manner which will connect with readers (and drawers) in ways which tap into the autistic way of learning. As a non-verbal child, I was (and still am) a highly kinaesthetic thinker and learner. This would have been a fascinating book to encounter with its clipped and concise paragraphs and shapes, and I would have been able to connect with the visuals through using colours (I know colours through touch association) and feeling the subjects and then connecting them with the words in a way that I felt comfortable with. This is a truly magical book for all different sorts of autistic learners. -- Paul Isaacs, autistic speaker, trainer, consultant and author Jennifer O'Toole is energy incarnate! Her coloring book project's construction included collaborative input from the kids themselves in submitting art and colors. All of her work - this one included - floats even the loneliest child living with AS into a world of community and light. Way to go! -- Dena Gassner, MSW, Advisory Board Member, Autism Society of America I really like Jennifer's idea of using special interests to encourage spectrum kids to try new things. By including topics that they already like, Jennifer also shows young people the potential career value of their natural talents. -- Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures

About the Author

Jennifer Cook O'Toole was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in adulthood, and is the mother of three young Asperkids. She is the founder of Asperkids LLC, a multi-media social education company and is an international speaker on Aspie issues. She previously worked as a social worker, and a teacher in both special needs and mainstream education. In 2012 she was honored with a GRASP Distinguished Spectrumite Medal, as well as a Temple Grandin Award. She is the author of Asperkids, The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules, and The Asperkid's Launch Pad, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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64 pages


Jennifer Cook O'Toole
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Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Publication date

28th August 2013



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