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Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence / Edition 1

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence / Edition 1

by Luke Jackson, Tony AttwoodLuke Jackson
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Part of the Reading Well scheme. 27 books selected by young people and health professionals to provide 13 to 18 year olds with high-quality support, information and advice about common mental health issues and related conditions.

Winner of the NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award 2003

Have you ever been called a freak or a geek? Have you ever felt like one? Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome. Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are more difficult. Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions and when a child has Asperger Syndrome, the result is often explosive.
Luke has three sisters and one brother in various stages of their adolescent and teenage years but he is acutely aware of just how different he is and how little information is available for adolescents like himself.
Drawing from his own experiences and gaining information from his teenage brother and sisters, he wrote this enlightening, honest and witty book in an attempt to address difficult topics such as bullying, friendships, when and how to tell others about AS, school problems, dating and relationships, and morality.
Luke writes briefly about his younger autistic and AD/HD brothers, providing amusing insights into the antics of his younger years and advice for parents, carers and teachers of younger AS children. However, his main reason for writing was because "so many books are written about us, but none are written directly to adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. I thought I would write one in the hope that we could all learn together".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843100980
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 08/15/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 431,052
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 11 - 18 Years

About the Author

Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has three sisters and three brothers. One of his brothers has AD/HD, one is autistic and Luke has Asperger Syndrome. He is the author of A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Table of Contents

1. An introduction - me and my family. 2. Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrum. A label or a signpost? 3. To tell or not to tell? Giving the news. How and when to tell other people. 4. Fascinations and fixations. Specialist subjects. Collections. Compulsions. Controlling a compulsion. 5. Sense and sense abilities. About all of the senses - our different sensory perceptions. All in a muddle. 6. A different physiology. Dietary Differences. 7. A word about sleep. Medication. Sleeping solutions for people with AS. Sleeping solutions - tips for parents.8. Language and learning. Teenage talk. Literalism and logic. Precise parents make cheerful children. 9. The problem with school… Reading, Writing and 'Rithmatic. Not to mention homework! Not much fun and games. School or otherwise - if it still goes wrong. 10. Bullying. My experiences. What is bullying? Why me? When is a bully not a bully? Dealing with bullies.11. Taekwondo. My Taekwondo class. The History of Taekwondo. The benefits of Taekwondo.12. Friendships and socialising. How to win friends and influence people. A word of warning for pushy parent. 13. The dating game. Fathom out those feelings. Top tips to enhance your chance. The rules of the game - do's and don't of dating. 14. Morals and principles - representation and reality. Negative publicity. Rules are not made to be broken. Moral musings for adolescent Aspergers. 15. One final note. Idioms - an explanation. Further reading. Websites and links. Index.

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Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have anyone in your life with Asperger's Syndrome, especially a pre-teen or teen, this book is a must-read. It was helpful for my 12 year-old son with AS, and very helpful for us family members who do not have it. Luke Jackson offers amazing insight, advice, and support that is useful on a daily basis for anyone trying to understand what life is like through the filter of AS. I highly recommend it to anyone who lives with, works with or cares about anyone with AS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son was dx'd with Aspergers only 3 1/2 years ago and will be 14 in Oct. I have had a hard time learning about this condition and trying to find/figure out ways of working with him, my husband, the school, and anyone who has to 'deal' with him on a regular basis. Luke Jackson is such a wonderful boy for writting this book. It has opened my eyes and my parents eyes, to help us understand my son better. I have suggested to my sons school that all teachers and staff that work with kids like this to read Luke's book. The title of the book definately raises some eyebrows when people see you reading it, but it is worth it. If you work with a child that has Aspergers, then you need to read this book and then share it with everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being the mother of a son with PDD-NOS, the young author of this book lets everyone that it isn't easy having this disability no matter where one may be in the spectrum....and asking for the patience needed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommed this book to anyone who cares, lives, or works with a child on the autism spectrum or has been diagnosed with aspergers to read this book epecially if they are in the pre-teen or teen years. I bought this book after I read some excerpts of it in another book. I have a pre-teen who was diagnosed with aspergers. I was lookin for something from a childs point of view to understand my son more. I found this book to be a wonderful book to add to my already extensive collection of books about aspergers and autism. It helped me to think about things to look forward to and things to watch for in the coming years. I spoke to everyoine who would listen to me about this book. My husband was so impressed that although he never reads anything other than his magazines he decided to read this book. He said it is helping him understand our son more and that is a wonderful thing. After he is done readin this book I have several other relatives who want to read it also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book - it discusses about the truth behind life and Asperger's Syndrome. People can be so cruel toward those with Asperger's Syndrome. Anyways, people with autism and/or other related condition should develop abilities to deal with this cruel world. And refine them too.
jparelli More than 1 year ago
for anyone who even looks at a child. Every profession, teacher, TA, administrator, parent, family member and person with Asperger should read this. The information is useful and compelling. It's a daily reminder of what a ASD person deals with.
SmithSJ01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book regardless of why you are reading it. I have worked in the past, and still do, with children who have AS and this was my main reason for reading it. It has such a different feel from other books as he is only 13 and this comes across so much in the book. I have read other books by teenagers and young adults with the same condition and they are equally just as good. I liked the fact that it all seemed to be Luke coming through rather than an adult's influence (apart from the obvious guidance and tidying up a book would need before it gets published). The topics he covers are very relevant to those who have AS and those who come in contact with AS. Aspects such as bullying, fixations, sleeping, sports, friendships, dating, difficulties at school and language are dealt with brilliantly. However the most pertinent chapter for me was the one about when to tell a child they have AS.Luke used his immediate sources - mother and siblings to help him with some of the content so that others with the condition can understand how people see them and this was such a good part of the book. I loved the idioms he uses and laughed out loud in many places. Not only will it give people an insight there is also practical information in there with websites, books and dietary information (also discussed in his other book). A fabulous read that is both inspirational and refreshing.
HFAgrl More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago and I really liked Luke's book. He has a witty sense of humor and a raw honesty that keeps the reader wanting for more. Luke is not afraid to censor himself in this book and is completely honest with his feelings. What's great about this is it is written by a young person on the autism spectrum. There needs to be more young writers (teens and young adults) on the spectrum. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to know more about Aspergers and autism.
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