Welcome to The OASIS Guide, now in its third, fully revised and updated edition.
Since its initial publication in 2001, The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome has been recognized as the go-to how-to for understanding and helping someone who lives with Asperger syndrome or a similar form of autism spectrum disorder.
This is not going to be a mommy's memoir or an argument for one particular approach. Cowriting the first edition led me to return to school, become a certified special education teacher and later a licensed behavior analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Today, I'm still the mother of child with AS--now a tall, handsome twenty-seven-year-old--and also behavior analyst at St. Mary's Hospital for Children's Cindy and Tod Johnson Center for Pediatric Feeding Disorders, in Queens, NY. Prior to that, I was a school district autism consultant and a senior education specialist at the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook Children's Hospital, and then lead BCBA at the largest special-needs preschool in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. For this new third edition, I have brought together the best of both parent and expert perspectives.
Dr. Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger Syndrome, writes in his new foreword:
"It is difficult to keep pace with all the new knowledge [about Asperger syndrome], and I am so pleased that this third edition provides a comprehensive, unbiased, and clear description of our current state of knowledge. . . . It is almost an encyclopedia of Asperger syndrome, its wise advice based on reviewing the research literature and a personal and insightful perspective."
Michael John Carley, author of Asperger's from the Inside-Out and the founder of GRASP, the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership, wrote in his foreword to this edition:
"Few books address anywhere near the dearth of topics as does this volume. . . . Patty Bashe answers every parent's concern: from the first hints of suspicion about a toddler to the day in which our children outlive us. It is that comprehensive."