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Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

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By (author) Luke Jackson

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  • Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 224mm x 16mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843100983
  • ISBN 13: 9781843100980
  • Sales rank: 8,474

Product description

Have you ever been called a freak or a geek? Have you ever felt like one? Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome. Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are more difficult. Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions and when a child has Asperger Syndrome, the result is often explosive. Luke writes briefly about his younger autistic and AD/HD brothers, providing amusing insights into the antics of his younger years and advice for parents, carers and teachers of younger AS children. However, his main reason for writing was because "so many books are written about us, but none are written directly to adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. I thought I would write one in the hope that we could all learn together".

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By Karen Glenny 08 Nov 2011 5

This book is amazing. Written from the perspective of a boy with AS it is truly enlightening! Luke can write a book, but tells us about all the other issues that he struggles with.

I would definately recomend this for a child on the spectrum or friends/siblings.

Karen

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Compelling reading - Luke has written a book that's intelligent, articulate, sensitive and funny.- The Big Issue Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome is a cool, confident work that belies the author's youth. The experts reckon that Luke has a reading age of 18-plus, but most people that age would be hard-pressed to produce such witty, effortless prose - [his] positive - almost celebratory - view could well make this a favourite among children, AS and otherwise, who find themselves out of tune with their classmates.- Times Educational Supplement

Table of contents

An introduction - me and my family. Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrum, A label or a signpost? To tell or not to tell? Giving the news. How and when to tell other people. Fascinations and fixations. Specialist subjects. Collections. Compulsions. Controlling a compulsion. Sense and sense abilities. About all of the senses - our different sensory perceptions. All in a muddle. A different physiology, Dietary Differences. A word about sleep. Medication. Sleeping solutions for people with AS. Sleeping solutions - tips for parents. Language and learning. Teenage talk. Literalism and logic. Precise parents make cheerful children. The problem with school... Reading, Writing and 'Rithmatic. Not to mention homework! Not much fun and games. School or otherwise - if it still goes wrong. Bullying. My experiences. What is bullying? Why me? When is a bully not a bully? Dealing with bullies. Taekwondo. My Taekwondo class. The History of Taekwondo. The benefits of Taekwondo. Friendships and socialising. How to win friends and influence people. A word of warning for pushy parent. The dating game. Fathom out those feelings. Top tips to enhance your chance. The rules of the game - do's and don't of dating. Morals and principles - representation and reality. Negative publicity. Rules are not made to be broken. Moral musings for adolescent Aspergers. One final note. Idioms - an explanation. Further reading. Websites and links. Index.