How to Be Yourself in a World That's Different

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The book features a clear explanation of the triad of impairments three sets of characteristics shared by everyone who has AS and describes non-triad symptoms that are common to people on the autism spectrum, such as a hypersensitivity to touch and difficulties with balance and coordination. The characteristics and symptoms of other syndromes that often coincide with AS are also discussed, for example AD/HD, learning disorders, and tics, as well as the temporary states of mental dysfunction that people with AS ...

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How to Be Yourself in a World That's Different: An Asperger Syndrome Study Guide for Adolescents

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Overview

The book features a clear explanation of the triad of impairments three sets of characteristics shared by everyone who has AS and describes non-triad symptoms that are common to people on the autism spectrum, such as a hypersensitivity to touch and difficulties with balance and coordination. The characteristics and symptoms of other syndromes that often coincide with AS are also discussed, for example AD/HD, learning disorders, and tics, as well as the temporary states of mental dysfunction that people with AS tend to be predisposed to, including depression, anxiety, obsessive and compulsive behaviors, and catatonia. This informative and encouraging text highlights the positive aspects of autism spectrum conditions, such as diligence, fairness, and a knack for unique ideas, but it also acknowledges the daily challenges faced by young people with AS and, crucially, offers strategies for dealing with these. Using case examples, Yoshida explores the difficulties of disclosing a diagnosis, takes readers through the stages of practicing key social skills, and offers advice on seeking support.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843105046
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,366,558
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Lorna Wing     7
Acknowledgments     9
How to Use This Book     10
Information
Research Related to Asperger Syndrome     17
Asperger Syndrome in Detail     24
Temporary Mental Dysfunction     44
Advice
Special Strategies for Coping     53
Hobbies - Five Major Trouble Spots     70
Support and Understanding     89
A Message to the Reader - You Are a Wonderful and Caring Person!     99
A Message to Support People     102
Recommended Reading     106
Steps for Effective Time Management     107
References     112
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