Asperger's From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger's Syndrome

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by Michael John Carley
     
 

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An intimate, engaging, and insightful guide to coping with Asperger's-from one of the condition's most passionate advocates.

Michael John Carley was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at thirty-six-when his young son received the same diagnosis. This fascinating book reveals his personal experience with the confusion and trauma associated with this

Overview

An intimate, engaging, and insightful guide to coping with Asperger's-from one of the condition's most passionate advocates.

Michael John Carley was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at thirty-six-when his young son received the same diagnosis. This fascinating book reveals his personal experience with the confusion and trauma associated with this condition-and offers insights into living an independent and productive life.

Now the Executive Director of the world's largest Asperger's oranization, Carley helps readers in such areas as:

- Social interactions
- Nurturing interests
- Whom to confide in-and how
- Dealing with family and loved ones
- Finding work that suits your strengths and talents

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Adults with Asperger's Syndrome and others who think they might be Asperger's will greatly benefit from this book." —Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation

"Asperger's from the Inside-Out is refreshing, concise, systematic and to the point. It spans the history of ASD diagnosis, the identity crises involved in diagnosis . . . It explores positive versus negative takes on ASD and their consequences, the resonating impact of a diagnosis on other family members but, more so, gives spiritual guidance about more or less healthy ways of managing all these things and the consequences that choices have for each individual. Beautifully alive with quotes from a broad range of voices with ASD, this is a helpful addition to the world of autism-related literature." —Donna Williams, author of Nobody Nowhere and The Jumbled Jigsaw

 "Michael John Carley is an articulate and passionate advocate for people with Asperger's Syndrome. His engaging book offers a thoughtful and creative roadmap for people with Aspergers and their loved ones." —Mark Roithmayr, President, Autism Speaks

"Michael Carley is unique in his ability to combine and integrate his experiences with conclusions and insights that are remarkable and powerful. His unique ability to integrate, conceptualize, compare and contrast at such a high level is what makes his work stand out." —Gary Mesibov, Ph.D., Director, Division TEACCH, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"A wonderfully candid and encouraging book about navigating the world of Asperger's Syndrome. I recommend it to everyone, on or off the spectrum, who believes in creating a more tolerant and inclusive society." —Sigourney Weaver, actress


"Michael John Carley is not only a successful leader in the AS community, he has proven himself to be a gifted writer. EVERYONE who is involved with the Asperger Syndrome Community, their family, friends, and the professionals who help them MUST read this book!" — Susan J. Moreno, M.A., A.B.S., President, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome


"It's a new day for adults with Asperger's! Michael John Carley offers reflective, penetrating and exquisitely expressed personal descriptions of the inner and outer challenges faced by people with AS. The person with AS will find a family, a community of like-minded individuals and a guide for dealing with a world that is often ill-suited to AS thinking. The rest of us find threads of commonality that indicate, again and again, that there is more that unites, than divides us all." -Veronica Zysk, Author & Managing Editor, Autism Asperger's Digest magazine


"For years, Michael John Carley has supported his colleagues on the spectrum through GRASP. With this excellent book, Michael John will now be able to provide much needed support to thousands more. This highly informative book provides tremendous insight on a broad range of topics for those both on the spectrum and for those supporting individuals on the spectrum. This is something that should be read by all. " —Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism


"Michael has written a wonderful book that will serve as an invaluable resource to us all. This must-read provides a perspective that is essential." -Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., University of Kansas


"This book fills a special niche for individuals on the spectrum and others as well. It addresses many topics important to those on the spectrum and in a way that helps with the struggle of what such a diagnosis means. This book is a fantastic resource for recently diagnosed adolescents and adults, as well as for family members and professionals." —Lynda Geller, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Asperger Institute, New York University Child Study Center


"Well-written, positive, yet never preachy, this practical book realistically describes what if feels like to be an adult with AS. It is highly recommended not only to adults on the spectrum and their family members, but to anyone who works with people on the spectrum. Neurotypical or Aspie, there is much to learn in these pages." —Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Library Journal

A week after his young son was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome (AS), Carley himself received that same diagnosis. Through his work as the executive director of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP), a support organization providing advocacy, outreach, and education for individuals and families affected by AS, Carley has since met many others with AS and has heard their tales of triumph and failure. Here, he shares their stories and insights, as well as his own wisdom. He also offers practical advice and suggestions to those affected by AS on such topics as social situations at home and work, friendship and romantic relationships, how and when to share the diagnosis, coping strategies for stressful situations, and finding work compatible with one's skills, abilities, and interests. Carley does all this with a candid humor that makes the book both readable and believable. Large public libraries with developmental-disability and autism-spectrum collections should purchase this winning manual.
—Lisa M. Jordan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399533976
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
186,684
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Adults with Asperger's Syndrome and others who think they might be Asperger's will greatly benefit from this book." —Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation " Asperger's from the Inside-Out is refreshing, concise, systematic and to the point. It spans the history of ASD diagnosis, the identity crises involved in diagnosis . . . It explores positive versus negative takes on ASD and their consequences, the resonating impact of a diagnosis on other family members but, more so, gives spiritual guidance about more or less healthy ways of managing all these things and the consequences that choices have for each individual. Beautifully alive with quotes from a broad range of voices with ASD, this is a helpful addition to the world of autism-related literature." —Donna Williams, author of Nobody Nowhere and The Jumbled Jigsaw "Michael John Carley is an articulate and passionate advocate for people with Asperger's Syndrome. His engaging book offers a thoughtful and creative roadmap for people with Aspergers and their loved ones." —Mark Roithmayr, President, Autism Speaks "Michael Carley is unique in his ability to combine and integrate his experiences with conclusions and insights that are remarkable and powerful. His unique ability to integrate, conceptualize, compare and contrast at such a high level is what makes his work stand out." —Gary Mesibov, Ph.D., Director, Division TEACCH, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "A wonderfully candid and encouraging book about navigating the world of Asperger's Syndrome. I recommend it to everyone, on or off the spectrum, who believes in creating a more tolerant and inclusive society." —Sigourney Weaver, actress "Michael John Carley is not only a successful leader in the AS community, he has proven himself to be a gifted writer. EVERYONE who is involved with the Asperger Syndrome Community, their family, friends, and the professionals who help them MUST read this book!" — Susan J. Moreno, M.A., A.B.S., President, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome "It's a new day for adults with Asperger's! Michael John Carley offers reflective, penetrating and exquisitely expressed personal descriptions of the inner and outer challenges faced by people with AS. The person with AS will find a family, a community of like-minded individuals and a guide for dealing with a world that is often ill-suited to AS thinking. The rest of us find threads of commonality that indicate, again and again, that there is more that unites, than divides us all." -Veronica Zysk, Author & Managing Editor, Autism Asperger's Digest magazine "For years, Michael John Carley has supported his colleagues on the spectrum through GRASP. With this excellent book, Michael John will now be able to provide much needed support to thousands more. This highly informative book provides tremendous insight on a broad range of topics for those both on the spectrum and for those supporting individuals on the spectrum. This is something that should be read by all. " —Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism "Michael has written a wonderful book that will serve as an invaluable resource to us all. This must-read provides a perspective that is essential." -Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., University of Kansas "This book fills a special niche for individuals on the spectrum and others as well. It addresses many topics important to those on the spectrum and in a way that helps with the struggle of what such a diagnosis means. This book is a fantastic resource for recently diagnosed adolescents and adults, as well as for family members and professionals." —Lynda Geller, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Asperger Institute, New York University Child Study Center "Well-written, positive, yet never preachy, this practical book realistically describes what if feels like to be an adult with AS. It is highly recommended not only to adults on the spectrum and their family members, but to anyone who works with people on the spectrum. Neurotypical or Aspie, there is much to learn in these pages." —Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Meet the Author

Michael John Carley's articles have been published in Autism Spectrum Quarterly and Austim/Asperger Digest. He has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, as well as on CNBC and NPR's Fresh Air and The Infinite Mind.

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QueenBeeEditor More than 1 year ago
This was a great book for understanding what is going on with this autism spectrum condition. And it is a condition, not a disorder. It is wonderful that someone who has Asperger's wrote this, because the personal experiences of the author could be included. I have another book on this topic that a psychologist wrote, and it is insulting; she calls the condition a disorder throughout the book. Carley emphasizes that our brains function just fine - and differently from the majority of those of the rest of the population. He makes being different sound like an asset rather than a disability. He is positive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone who has this condition or lives with someone with Asperger's this book is a must-have. It would be especially useful for someone undiagnosed and looking for the answers. Michael John Carley has an easy writing style that's clear and concise. His personal experiences make the condition even easier to understand. So many people don't understand people who are on the autism spectrum. If they are aware, it's usually only about children and most often associated with rocking back and forth and not being able to communicate at all. There is very little help for the adult on the autism spectrum. My husband read this book and realized for the first time that he is indeed on this spectrum. The explanations in this book can be a substantial aid to a neurotypical spouse - it strips away the confusion and that awful feeling of being so alone with this issue. Also very importantly, Mr. Carley treats people with Asperger's Syndrome with dignity. Our society needs this type of knowledge so we can all understand each other better and stop singling people out and labeling them "weird." Different is just that, different, not bad or wrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've met Michael John as he runs a teen group for kids on the spectrum that my son attends. He's a true gentlemen and the kids leave the 2 hour support group full of words necessary to make changess. He's a godsend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those just discovering their place on the spectrum, and for their nearest and dearest, this book is a revelation, filled with humor and compassion--for ourselves, and for those who deal with us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The impression I was left with after reading the book is that Carley believes that his experiences give him just about all the answers. Certainly, one of the common symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome is an unwavering belief in one's own opinions. If this book is viewed as a memoir of one particular adult with Aspergers, it has some value. I am also struck by Carley's lack of any real success in any endeavor other than autism self advocacy. Calling oneself a playwright is very different than holding a job and earning a steady income. In contrast, John Robison, author of Look Me in the Eye, is a very successful businessman who also wrote a very good book. I'd be more inclined to believe Carley's upbeat assessment of adults with Aspergers if he himself had some significant successes. One of his motivations to form GRASP was because he was unemployed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If a child is fortunate enough not to have been killed off by a curebie "Ain't it aweful to have to deal with my non-conforming child" (yes it does happen and was recently in the news a g a i n), that child will become an adult on the spectrum. Asperger's from the Inside Out was written for adults on the spectrum. No amount of behavior modification or enforced conformity or adversive conditioning fixes it. The author was diagnosed with Asperger's one week after his young son was diagnosed. He founded GRASP (which has a website on the internet and support groups for adult aspies and lots of other stuff). He was a failed playwright, true enough, and now works as an aspie educator and advocate. This is not a discredit, as one reviewer believed it to be. The author has guts. The book itself is a well-written organized collection of anecdotes about and from adults with Asperger's with words of wisdom from the author thrown in. Especially valuable for adults with Asperger's and those striving to gain an understanding far beyond the offerings of a certain Autism organization which does not Squeak for us. Get the book. Read the book. Worth it.
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