Congratulations! It's Asperger Syndrome / Edition 1

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One of the increasing number of people diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in adulthood, New Zealand-born Jen Birch relates her story with humor and honesty, taking us through the years of frustration and confusion that led to her diagnosis in 1998. Now that she can put her life experiences into context, she candidly describes her continual search for 'normality,' including her experiences at work, her difficulties with relationships, her time spent in psychiatric hospital and her struggle for correct diagnosis in a country where the syndrome is relatively unknown. Talking positively about how her life has changed since the 'revelation,' Jen aims to use this newfound knowledge to inform others about the syndrome and how, once its pros and cons are understood, life can be lived to the full.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843101123
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Life at Park Fields 13
2 The Cognitive Realm: Understanding My World 26
3 Feathers with Everything! Part I 35
4 Death Comes to Park Fields 38
5 Identity and Boundary Issues 45
6 In the Workforce: Part I 56
7 Feathers with Everything! Part II 64
8 Some Social Situations 67
9 Co-ordination Issues 84
10 Other Special Skills and Interests 93
11 Aunty Hazel: A Story 99
12 The Psychiatric Hospital 114
13 Asking for Help 131
14 In the Workforce: Part II 136
15 Married to a Mole 146
16 The Training Course 150
17 In the Workforce: Part III 157
18 Feathers with Everything! Part III 166
19 Going to University, and Three Important Friends 169
20 Revelations 195
21 How I Chose a Cat Instead of a Kookaburra! (Or: More Cognitive Issues) 211
22 Feathers with Everything! Part IV 216
23 My Life Now 222
24 Some Implications of very Late Diagnosis 237
25 The Stone Age Connection 247
26 Helpful Hints for others with Asperger Syndrome (and our helpers, and the community in general) 253
Glossary and Notes on the Maori Language 267
Bibliography and Suggested Further Reading 269
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