Asperger's From the Inside Out: A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger'sSyndrome [NOOK Book]

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

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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


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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101203422
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 316,595
  • File size: 723 KB

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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Table of Contents

Foreword   Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D.     xiii
Introduction     1
What Is Asperger's Syndrome?     11
Now I Know: What the Diagnosis Feels Like     30
Long Walks: Looking Back on the Past with a New Perspective     59
Disclosure     132
The Right Toolbox: Coping Strategies     153
Special Interests=Passion (+ Future?)     219
Happiness     227
Appendix     237
Index     243
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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Very helpful to understanding Asperger's.

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    A concise explanation of Asperger's

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    A pioneer on the edge

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    Not Very Helpful

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    I laughed, I cried--I love the book.

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Children on the Spectrum become Adults on the Spectrum

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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