Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships

Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships

by Genevieve Edmonds, Luke Beardon
     
 

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'This book is essential reading to understand the social abilities of adults with Asperger's syndrome. The contributors each have different personalities and experiences, but together they provide a range of strategies to encourage people with Asperger's syndrome to achieve the social relationships they desire.'

- Professor Tony Attwood

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'This book is essential reading to understand the social abilities of adults with Asperger's syndrome. The contributors each have different personalities and experiences, but together they provide a range of strategies to encourage people with Asperger's syndrome to achieve the social relationships they desire.'

- Professor Tony Attwood

Social interaction among neurotypical people is complex and in many ways illogical. To the person with Asperger Syndrome (AS) it is also woefully unintuitive. In this book, adults with AS discuss social relationships, offer advice and support for others with AS and provide necessary insights into AS perspectives for those working and interacting with them.

The contributors evaluate a range of social contexts and relationship aspects, including:

* online relationships - a worldwide social network based on non-verbal communication,

* the unwritten rules of neurotypical socialising,

* the need for mutual understanding between those with AS and neurotypicals,

* the effects of struggling socially on one's self-esteem and frame of mind, and

* the opportunities provided by social skills workshops or interest groups.

This is essential reading for adults with AS, their family and friends, as well as service providers and other professionals providing support for people with AS in adult life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843106470
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2008
Series:
Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,195,993
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author

Chris Mitchell was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 1998, when he was 20 years old. Having completed an MA (Hons) in Information and Library Management, he currently works at Durham County Council. He is an active advocate for raising awareness of the positive aspects of AS, giving talks, seminars and workshops throughout the UK. He also offers mentoring and support services for school leavers and students entering higher education with AS. Chris has written an autobiography of his own experience of AS, entitled Glass Half-Empty, Glass Half-Full: How Asperger's Syndrome Has Changed My Life and practices meditation in his spare time.

Dr Wendy Lawson, a psychologist, qualified counsellor and social worker has operated her own private practice for many years. Wendy was awarded fourth place as ‘Victorian Australian of the year' in 2008. Originally diagnosed as being intellectually disabled, then in her teens as being schizophrenic, and finally in 1994, Wendy was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. The mother of four children, Wendy has been married, separated and divorced, has experienced the death of one of her teenage sons, lost friends and status due to being openly gay, faced ill health and recently is coming to terms with the fact that she is aging! Wendy's youngest son is also on the autism spectrum.

Dean Worton has Asperger Syndrome, and runs a successful website that supports adults with AS in the UK. He hosts meetings for its members, and works as a technical officer in the public sector.

Genevieve Edmonds is an adult with Asperger Syndrome who is a consultant, trainer and writer in the field of autism. She is trained to postgraduate level in Autism. She consults and trains across the UK aiming to help society see Asperger Syndrome and Autism as differences not to be 'fixed' and changed but to be respected and supported. She has co-written three books on Asperger Syndrome: 'The Asperger Love Guide', 'The Asperger Social Guide' (Sage Publications) and 'A Self Determined Future with Asperger Syndrome' (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). Luke Beardon is Senior Lecturer in Autism at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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