Cynthia Kim explores all the quirkyness of living with Asperger Syndrome (ASD) in this accessible, witty and honest guide looking from an insider perspective at some of the most challenging and intractable aspects of being autistic. Her own life presents many rich examples. From being labelled nerdy and shy as an undiagnosed child to redefining herself when diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome as an adult, she describes how her perspective shifted to understanding a previously confusing world and combines this with the results of extensive research to explore the 'why' of ASD traits. She explains how they impact on everything from self-care to holding down a job and offers typically practical and creative strategies to help manage them, including a section on the vestibular, sensory and social benefits of martial arts for people with autism.
Well known in the autism community and beyond for her popular blog, Musings of an Aspie, Cynthia Kim's book is rich with personal anecdotes and useful advice. This intelligent insider guide will help adults with ASDs and their partners, family members, friends, and colleagues, but it also provides a fresh and witty window onto a different worldview.
|Publisher:||Kingsley, Jessica Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsDedication. Acknowledgments. 1. Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate. 2. Growing Up Undiagnosed. 3. Navigating the Social Communication Jungle. 4. A Complicated Relationship with Relationships. 5. Parenting Aspie Style. 6. Rigid and Routine. 7. Sensory Seeking and Sensitivities.8. The Autistic Body. 9. Exploring the Emotional Landscape. 10. Executive Function: The Brain's Control Center. 11. The Dark Side. 12. Redefining Myself. Conclusion.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"There are few traits that are universal, which makes it hard to write a definitive book about life on the spectrum", Cynthia Kim. It also makes it confusing to tell people about. But books like "Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger Life" make it a lot easier, both to understand ourselves as Aspies and help others understand us. As I was reading, I probably highlighted something on every page. I kept telling my cat, "That is so me." I took so. many. notes. "Nerdy" covers almost all my traits and quirks. From triggers to sensory overloads (those scented products the world loves - those are torture to me), from insomnia to routines. Executive Function - oh my word! There's a name for my decision-making and problem-solving issues! Catastrophizing to perfectionism (both debilitating). Stims and flat face and routines. Alone versus lonely. And yes, eating the same foods every day. The topics are weighty, but Cynthia makes them inviting, even humorous (i.e. "my face keeps wandering off on its own"). And she also imparts good advice and coping suggestions. Highly recommend!