Aspertools (Paperback)

The Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger's, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Neurodiversity

By Dr. Harold Reitman, MD

Health Communications Inc, 9780757318535, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2015

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If you ask Dr. Harold Reitman, labels are a lousy way to describe a unique human being, whether it's Asperger's, high functioning autism, ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette's or even the so-called neurotypical brain itself. One size does not fit all. Everyone's brain is different.  

Helping others 'get it' when it comes to dealing with those with so-called learning disabilities is why Reitman has written this book. It's also why he wrote and produced The Square Root of 2, a movie about a college student who encounters—and fights—her school's unjust system. The film was inspired by the real events faced by his daughter and contributing author, Rebecca, when she went to college; her seizure disorder and—at the time—undiagnosed Asperger syndrome posed unique challenges not faced by most students.   

After reviewing the scientific community's research, conducted over the last nearly 40 years, Dr. Reitman believes that it's time to not just accept neurodiversity, but to embrace it, and this book will help people do just that. It is the first book to offer simple tools, action plans and resources to help understand and deal with anyone whose brain is a bit different. The astonishing rate of autism births alone (1 in 68) means that society will have to adapt to neurodiversity, just as it has had to adapt to other cultural and racial differences. Our educational system, our workplaces, and society at large will no longer be one size fits all—each individual will have the opportunity to maximize their potential—and we will be the better for it.  

About the Author

Dr. Harold "Hackie" Reitman is an orthopedic surgeon, a former professional and Golden Gloves champion heavyweight boxer, philanthropist, and a movie producer. His recent release, The Square Root of 2, is a fictionalized adaptation of his daughter Rebecca's challenges at college (

Praise For Aspertools: The Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger's, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Neurodiversity

"Aspertools brings hope and optimism to Aspies and their families! After so many books filled with diagnostic tools and statistical data, finally, here is a book about Asperger's syndrome that actually offers something helpful: how to cope with the various symptoms and overcome the challenges. The insight and practical advice from the multiple points of view—the Aspie, the parent, and the educator—provide a comprehensive yet easily readable work. Thank you, Dr. Reitman, for reaffirming that Aspies can and do lead productive, fulfilling lives!" —Delfina B. Aspie mom

"Aspertools is a big help. I think too many people don't know enough about Asperger's, the autism spectrum, and different brains in general. . . . I think Dr. Hackie Reitman himself wishes he would've known these tools when his daughter was growing up." —Dr. Susan J. Mendelsohn clinical psychologist and life coach

"Aspertools will help in so many ways. Without realizing it, Dr. Hackie Reitman has written a great book about all relationships and parenting."—Dr. Lori J. Butts, J.D., Ph.D.President, Florida Psychological Association, 2015, Director of the Clinical and Forensic Institute

"As a professor of philosophy, I have taken some instruction from Aspertools. Dr. Reitman has given me a more profound grasp of the fact that one size does not fit all when it comes to learning, and that what one student can handle with aplomb might cause another to grind his teeth with anxiety." —Gordon Marino Professor of Philosophy at St. Olaf College, editor of The Quotable Kierkegaard, and writer, The New York Times and The Wall St. Journal

"I believe that Aspertools by Dr. Hackie Reitman is at the vanguard of changing peoples' perceptions about what's going on with our brains."—Brian Udell, M.D.Medical Director, The Child Development Center of America

"I strongly recommend Dr. Reitman's book Aspertools to people who are interested in understanding that each child is entitled to learn and develop in a way that enables that child to succeed. . . ." —Abraham FischlerPresident Emeritus, Nova Southeastern University

"What an awesome story of impact and vision! On behalf of the 'KID' in all of us, thanks." —Mark D. Dhooge President/CEO, Kids In Distress, Inc.

"When I read Aspertools, I thought, 'My gosh, Dr. Reitman is writing about my two teenagers!' This book has opened my eyes." —Dawn D. mother, medical technician