How to Be Yourself in a World That's Different

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If you are a teenager or young adult who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (AS) or another autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), the information in this book can help you change the course of your life. If you have AS or an ASD, you have a wonderful kind of uniqueness, but you also tend to have difficulties in your relationships with other people. How to Be Yourself in a World That's Different explains the characteristics of people with AS and ASDs in their relationships, communication and imagination, the ...
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Overview

If you are a teenager or young adult who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (AS) or another autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), the information in this book can help you change the course of your life. If you have AS or an ASD, you have a wonderful kind of uniqueness, but you also tend to have difficulties in your relationships with other people. How to Be Yourself in a World That's Different explains the characteristics of people with AS and ASDs in their relationships, communication and imagination, the sensory distortions of sound, smell, taste, balance, as well as the feelings of anxiety, obsessive behaviors, and depression they experience. The author gives lots of clear, practical advice on how to manage the characteristics of AS, who to tell about your AS, recognizing your talents, and complementing your traits, using a planned, step-by-step approach that will help you to improve your coping and life skills over time. She also recommends that you identify a support person who can read this book with you, help you with applying the strategies and get professional support. There is also a reading list and a useful appendix on effective time management. This book is an ideal introduction to understanding and managing AS and ASDs for teenagers and young people with these conditions as well as the adults who support them.

About the Author:
Yuko Yoshida, M.D., is a child psychiatrist at the Yokohama Psycho-Developmental Clinic in Japan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843105046
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Limited
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,259,191
  • 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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