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Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome

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The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Winner Holiday 2008
 
Shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year in the lower primary category
 
Answering the question Why is Sam different?, this heartwarming story tells of the challenges of living with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism. This firsthand view of the life of an undiagnosed child presents behav
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Skeezel Press
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is a good introduction to the characteristics of children with Asperger Syndrome. I thought at the beginning of the book that Sam's family already knew he had Asperger Syndrome, because they were so tolerant of his eccentricities. However, toward the end they go to the doctor and the diagnosis is made. I thought the parents were too unrealistically accepting of the diagnosis (the pictures depict big, broad smiles on their faces, where I'd expect worried looks). I suppose, though, the author ...more
Ch13_julie
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Teaching children about disabilities can be difficult whether the children have a disability or not. This book is written by Liezl Venter, a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and has worked in clinical settings in the US and around the world. She writes this book with a background that specializes in working with students with autistic spectrum disorders. This book features a little boy who is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. The story explains his personality through s ...more
Tam
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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Stacy Countee
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sam is a young boy who has Asperger's Syndrome. Before Sam was diagnosed, he struggled to make friends with the other kids at school, he cried easily and for long periods of time, and he wondered away from home to go to a fair. Sam behaved differently from the other children his age, but little was done at the time. However, once diagnosed, his life changed for the better. He even found his talent of playing the cello. The people involved in his life was taught how to help and Sam was given help ...more
Gianni Llano
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think the book did a great job of introducing Aspergers Syndrome. I loved that it explained how to deal with this syndrome and explained the everyday life of someone living with it at a young age.
Stephanie Chiaro
Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome is a book about a little boy, Sam, who has some special quirks. He doesn't like his food to touch, he loves playing the same song over and over again, humming and building puzzles at school, and doing things routinely. That being said, he enjoys his things they way they are (his old coat), and is very sensitive. After deciding to walk to the fair by himself late, one night, his family decided something had to be done, so they took Sam to the doctor. The do ...more
Idaly Ramirez
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review is required for Dr. Sykes' READ3307 course at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Sam is a young boy who lives with his mom, dad, his big sister, Emma, and his dog, Oscar. Sam behaves differently than other children, making him an easy target at school. His worried parents take Sam to see his doctor who informs them that Sam has a form of autism called Asperger syndrome. Sam is a young, happy boy who behaves differently than other children. He loves to giggle and he loves to play t ...more
Brooke Milone
Sam has Asperger Syndrome and the book explains his life. He loved to listen to the same song over and over again, and doesn't get annoyed by it. He doesn't like new things at all. At school he could not finish something right, and all the students laughed at him and he cried. He could not stop crying and he was sent home, and then his parents brought him to the doctors to ask them about Sam. They learned he will do things, that he doesn't mean like run away from home because he can't help it be ...more
Braley Hale
This is a book about Sam who has Asperger Syndrome, but he had a dog named
Oscar that he did everything with. Sam had a hard time making friends in school because he was different from others. The other students always got annoyed with Sam because he would hum when doing work. Therefore, this book goes on and shows how Sam parents handled his disability. I also think this book is very good to read to others because it teachers them about this disability and it shows how everyone is diverse and w
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Esther Westfall
This was a good book about a boy named Sam who is eventually diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. While it is a good read, it doesn't really make a good case for why his behaviors mean that he has a disability, so my children had a hard time understanding the issue. I know that Asperger's is a high functioning form of autism, but i think more details could have been added to make his behavior seem more unusual. As it is written, it had my kids pointing out that they did some of the same quirky th ...more
Mary Davis
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a young boy, Sam, who has Asperger’s syndrome. At the beginning of the book, he was not yet diagnosed. He acted different than the other children his age, he was sensitive, and cried very easily. Sam walked to a fair by himself one night and then his parents decided to take him to the doctors. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and life began to improve because he was getting the help that he needed from all of the people in his life. This was a good book overall.
CHIAO-YIN LO
Sam was a little boy just like anyone else! But the most different was that he had the talent on playing cello and the way he saw the world was from the different angles. I did not like the phrase that his classmates took away one of his puzzles and made fun of him! Everyone should not do that! It was a kind of bully! We should try to know more about Sam! I was glad that at the end of the story that many people tried to help Sam, and he was acting better and better!
Nikki Morris
Yes I agree. We are all different and it must be respected. Music is a wonderful outlet for children on the spectrum. When my daughter was little and did not speak words. We used music as a form of self expression for her. She is a child with Asperger's and also a string musician that plays beautiful. I can only imagine the sound and performance at Sam's concert. I bet it was wonderful.
Jensine Foley
This book is about understanding asperger syndrome. Sam is very different than other kids because he does not like certain things, for example his pancakes touching. This would be a great book for young children to read because it talks about how this effects him. Children could better understand this instead of being mean or bullying him because of it.
Lauren Slanker
Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome is a bright picture book that explains the main character - Sam - and his struggles to fit in. Although many children struggle to find friends, Sam has an especially difficult time because he is eventually diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. The book portrays Sam as someone who loves to giggle and play his cello, but who has trouble with new touches or loud sounds. Eventually Sam and his parents go to the doctor, where he receives his diagnosis.

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Delaney Saragusa
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: This book is about a boy named Sam who has undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome, which is a mild from of Autism. The story and illustrations paint a good picture of Sam and shows what it is like to be in his situation. He acts differently at times, and is later diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Each page is full of colorful illustrations as it explains the frustrations Sam and those around him go through before his diagnosis. After same sees the doctor they all come together, his parents, sist ...more
Kayley Pate
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book because it had a start to finish story line. Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome is a realistic fiction book. The book started with informing the audience of Sam's everyday activities and what led his parents to believe something about Sam's actions were not normal in their eyes. Then the book went on to diagnosing Sam with Asperger Syndrome and how working as a "Team" helped Sam in progress with his teacher, counselor, other students, music, and his school ...more
Hannah
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: my mom
Understanding Sam is a sweet story about a young boy named Sam who was a little different than the other kids. As the story goes on to describe the different ways Sam is different, Sam is bullied in his class and his parents take him to the doctor to help understand why he reacted the way he did. The doctor told them that Sam has Asperger Syndrome and provided them as well as Sam's teachers and classmates with ways to understand Sam. Even though days can be hard, especially when Sam wanders off ...more
Chiix Moses
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: social-emotional
MY REVIEW
Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome was a very interesting read for me. Asperger Syndrome and Autism are very common things in the world today, but many people don't really understand them. This book not only speaks of some of the signs and systems of Asperger Syndrome, but also tells of how crucial it is that everyone work together as a team to help out. I think this is a very important message in it self, for children and adults. Another message in the book is that it is okay to b
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Tammy J
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book because it can expose children to Autism. This is the winner of the 2010 Dolly Gray Award. Children see these children as much different when in fact they are just like me and you but unique in their own ways. I work with kids with Autism who need routine and they have an adversity most times to trying new foods. When they hear songs they love to listen to them over and over. Sam loves music as well. We have to teach children that these differences may seem super weird but this ...more
Whole And
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
"Understanding Sam" opens the door to understanding what life is like for a child with Asperger's Syndrome and the challenges faced by their families and educators.

A touching story told with compassion, focus and hope creates the space for rich discussion with children to put themselves in the shoes of possible classmates, family members, friends or neighbours that may be experiencing Asperger's.

I appreciate the loving approach held by the parents, older sister, teacher and professionals in the
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Alexandria Hiam
Sam is different, he is not quite like all the other children. Loud noises and voices often bother him, sometimes certain textures do too. He has a hard time making friends, and doesn't like his pancakes to touch. He loves to play his cello, and play the same song over and over again. Sam is teased and bullied in school by the other kids, which is firmly reprimanded by the teacher. However, Sam does not want to return to school on Monday and his parents decide it is time to take Sam to the docto ...more
Heba Badr-El-Din
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very sweet story about a young boy named Sam. Sam is a little different than the other kids. The story tells us the way Sam is different, Sam is bullied in his class. One day his parents make the decision to take him to the doctor to help understand why he reacts the way he does. The doctor told them that Sam has Asperger Syndrome. The doctor then helped Sams family, classmates and teachers be able to understand Sam better. Even though it can be hard, most of all when Sam wanders off a ...more
A
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sam is different, he is not quite like all the other children. Loud noises and voices often bother him, sometimes certain textures do too. He has a hard time making friends, and doesn't like his pancakes to touch. He loves to play his cello, and play the same song over and over again. Sam is teased and bullied in school by the other kids, which is firmly reprimanded by the teacher. However, Sam does not want to return to school on Monday and his parents decide it is time to take Sam to the docto ...more
Shyann Stromquist
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience- I believe that this is a good book for younger students such as kindergarten through second grade. It is not gender specific.

Appeal- This is a happy and upbeat book with bright and colorful pictures. Even though the book discusses a very tough topic, Aspergers disease, it puts it in a very positive light. The story is about an average family and it also has a happy ending. I think that along with its positive story line and fun pictures, it would be a very appealing book to younger st
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Katie
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audience: The audience for this book would be grades K-2. Boys and girls will both benefit from this book. This is a great book for a teacher to use when introducing Asperger’s syndrome or any kind of differences, to a group of students.

Appeal: The author did a great job in keeping things positive when presenting Asperger’s syndrome. The book is kind of lengthy for kindergartners but the illustrations were bright and colorful, which is great for this age group. The main character Sam had a cute
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Marah
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Understanding Sam is one of the best books about Autism Spectrum Disorder (AD) I have found so far. The storyline is accurate and easy to understand. The story begins with some of the complexities and difficulties Sam experiences, at home and at school. Eventually, his parents take him to a doctor who diagnoses him with Asperger Syndrome. Sam begins to work with a therapist at school and improves. He even performs a song on the cello at the school concert and is a big hit. This story shows how k ...more
Alex
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Audience: This book is great for school age children from kindergarten and up. It tells a story about a boy with Asperger's disease and before traditional school setting children may not understand the reality of the story.

Appeal: The pictures are bright and fun. The words have a picture of a little dog dancing which may attract earlier readers to the words instead of just pictures. The sentences are simple but explain the complex story well.

Application: In my classroom I would keep this book in
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Angela
Audience: This book is primarily for grades K-3. This book addresses all age levels as the topic of one little boy touches topics that will relate to all.

Appeal: This book is appealing because the pictures are very life-like. The larger colored text on each page also lets the reader know what the page is talking about. This will also hit home for this age level because they can put themselves in Sam's shoes.

Application: I would use this in my classroom to talk about behaviors, differences, and
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(NS)Jordyn
Understanding Sam is a valuable resource storybook for any primary teacher who has students with Asperger Syndrome in their class. It tells the story of a boy named Sam who does certain things in his own way. It follows him through Saturday breakfast (with no pancakes touching), classmates at school hurting his feelings, and what happens when Sam gets lost. By the end of the story, everyone understands Sam and his special gifts a little bit better. Not only is the story wonderful, but there are ...more
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