Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Mar 22, 2011 - Psychology - 304 pages
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“I believe those of us with Asperger’s are here for a reason, and we have much to offer. This book will help you bring out those gifts.”
 
In his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison described growing up with Asperger’s syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. He was intelligent but socially isolated; his talents won him jobs with toy makers and rock bands but did little to endear him to authority figures and classmates, who were put off by his inclination to blurt out non sequiturs and avoid eye contact.

By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, John had already developed a myriad of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly successful, life. In Be Different, Robison shares a new batch of endearing stories
about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the reader a rare window into the Aspergian mind.

In each story, he offers practical advice—for Aspergians and indeed for anyone who feels “different”—on how to improve the weak communication and social skills that keep so many people from taking full advantage of their often remarkable gifts. With his trademark honesty and unapologetic eccentricity, Robison addresses questions like:

• How to read others and follow their behaviors when in uncertain social situations
• Why manners matter
• How to harness your powers of concentration to master difficult skills
• How to deal with bullies
• When to make an effort to fit in, and when to embrace eccentricity
• How to identify special gifts and use them to your advantage

Every person, Aspergian or not, has something unique to offer the world, and every person has the capacity to create strong, loving bonds with their friends and family. Be Different will help readers and those they love find their path to success.
  

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Review: Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger's and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers

User Review  - Rachel Lein - Goodreads

I was pretty much done with Robison after reading "Look Me in the Eye". He writes well, but there are things about him that rub me the wrong way. However, my mother-in-law dropped this book off with ... Read full review

Review: Be Different: My Adventures with Asperger's and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers

User Review  - Carrie Cox - Goodreads

John Elder Robison has fantastic advice and information for those on the autism spectrum and those who seek to help them. Filled with personal stories (like his other books) but put together in a way ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Aspergers and Me
7
Aspergian ProtoAspergian
15
Rituals Manners and Quirks
27
Wh1ts in a Name?
39
Mind Your Manners
47
A Reason to Care
59
Vihat Are You Afraid Of?
69
Dealing with Bullies
139
Animal Wariness
147
Getting Chosen and Becoming Choosable I 53
153
Tuned In Sensitivity to the Nonhuman
163
Seeing Music
173
Managing Sensory Overload I 81
181
A Xalk in the Woods
197
Finding Your Gifts
203

Emotions
77
What Is Love?
87
Making and Keeping Friends
99
Feeling Bad ll5
107
Keeping Cool in a Crisis
115
Getting Along with Others
121
The Art of Conversation
131
Plastic Brains
225
Secrets of My Success
239
Appendix for Parents Teachers and Others
245
Take the Test
255
Index to Aspergian Behaviors
263
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Copyright

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About the author (2011)


JOHN ELDER ROBISON
 is an author and frequent lecturer about his life with Asperger’s. He blogs for Psychology Today and is an adjunct faculty member at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts. John serves on committees and review boards for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. He is currently involved in autism research and therapy programs at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. John also sits on the science and treatment boards of Autism Speaks. His previous book, Look Me in the Eye, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit him at www.johnrobison.com.

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