A Devoted Father of an “Aspie” Shares His Secrets for Success in His New Book: Aspertools

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Just in time for Autism Awareness Month! HCI announces the release of Aspertools: The Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Neurodiversity by Harold Reitman M.D.

Brains are like snowflakes - no two are alike. - Rebecca Reitman

According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is the world’s fastest growing developmental disability with a 1,148% growth rate.* Just in time for Autism Awareness Month, HCI Books announces the nationwide launch of Aspertools: The Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Neurodiversity ($11.21; Amazon; Barnes & Noble) by Harold Reitman, M.D. To learn more about Aspertools, log onto http://www.aspertools.com or Facebook

The book, written from a devoted father’s point of view, provides easy, effective tools for understanding and managing life with and for your “Aspie.” Despite Dr. Reitman’s accomplished profession as an orthopedic surgeon, his daughter was not diagnosed until after she graduated college. He experienced the heartache and frustration but ultimately, a sense of clarity and understanding due in part to the tips featured in Aspertools, which is his gift of support to families, professionals, “Aspies” themselves and society as a whole. Aspertools’ also applies to anyone whose brain is “different” in our increasingly neurodiverse world.

“We all need to know that every brain is different; we cannot continue with a ‘one size fits all’ educational and workplace system,” says Dr. Reitman. “What I have learned from my daughter, Rebecca, and our educational advisor, Pati Fizzano, is that effective tools are essential for day to day life. And, Aspertools is a practical guide that includes those critical tips that make day-to-day life more seamless, less frustrating and more productive. We focus on the importance of positive routines, managing transitions and coping with social awkwardness,” Dr. Reitman adds.

Aspertools acknowledges the fact that individuals with Asperger’s need more structure and stability and therefore, they require more preparation to manage day to day activities. The guide takes a loving and thoughtful look at the ways their individually wired brains process information differently and how those perceptions affect their daily lives. Each chapter ends with tools offered by an “Aspie” and/or an educator about how to minimize stress and increase successful functionality. These practical, realistic and self-administered solutions for managing “Aspies” both inside and outside of the home include:

  • How to cope with the anxiety of social awkwardness with specific Aspertools covering preparation, encouragement, lists, and specifics.
  • How to effect positive changes in behavior with utilization of rules, rewards, and consequences.
  • How to decrease the frequency of meltdowns by learning studied observation of signs of anxiety and providing an ‘escape route’ to a safe place.
  • How employers can realize the value in hyper-interests and why some of the most innovative companies like Apple are promoting a culture of neurodiversity.
  • How to stay positive – personal anecdotes and inspiring success stories.

Dania Jekel, MSW and the Executive Director of the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) said, “I am particularly struck by this book’s compassionate and humanizing tone – it stands in contrast to the deficits-based approaches we see so frequently. It is clear that Dr. Reitman has a deep respect for the Asperger’s experience and feels passionately about giving people with different brains the opportunity to thrive. To this end, Aspertools offers practical information and tools that will be accessible to all readers.”

About Harold Reitman, M.D.:

Harold “Hackie” Reitman, M.D., is a retired orthopedic surgeon, former professional heavyweight boxer and is the CEO of PCE Media LLC. There he wrote, produced and co-directed the full-length independent film, The Square Root of 2, which is the story of a college student with various challenges and a seizure disorder. After he made this film and his daughter graduated from college with a discrete mathematics degree, from a prestigious college, he learned that she also had Asperger’s syndrome. Wanting to help other children, families and other members of society living with neurodiversity, Autism and Asperger's he penned the book Aspertools: The Practical Guide for understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurodiversity. To learn more log onto http://www.aspertools.com.

Dr. Reitman has received the Emerald Society 2000 Humanitarian of the Year Award, the Healthy Mothers-Healthy Babies 2002 Honorary ‘Mr. Mom’ Award and the Florida Medical Association’s 2002 Harold S. Strasser, M.D. Good Samaritan Award. He is also the past Chairman and President The Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County where he still serves as a Board Member. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the International College of Surgeons. He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is the proud father of Rebecca the inspiration for Aspertools.

About HCI:

Since 1977, HCI has been changing the lives of our readers and the people they touch, one book at a time. Dedicated to bringing readers quality books, HCI makes its distinction in the marketplace by not just publishing books, but by “publishing people”. They are best known as the original publishers of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control, March 2014

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