Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope Through Famous Role Models

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Future Horizons, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 186 pages
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The author of Diagnosing Jefferson introduces twelve more high-achieving role models who have made significant contributions to our world. Roles models include:
  • Einstein
  • Mozart
  • Darwin
  • Jefferson
  • Welles
  • Levent
  • Robeson
  • Curie
  • Mendel
  • Mozart
  • Bartok
  • Sagan
  • Gould
  • Hartford
All exhibited traits common to people with Asperger's Syndrome. Today's young people and adults with AS can also make a difference if they are given support, opportunities, and the freedom to explore their abilities. Many accomplished people have been loners, self-taught, obsessed by an idea, and known for their lack of social skills. How many of them would be diagnosed with Asperger's today? Norm Ledgin makes convincing arguments for an Asperger's role in each of their extraordinary lives. Helpful chapters include:
  • A Challenge for Parents, Teachers, and Health-Care Professionals
  • The Lonely Perspective of the Asperger's Child
  • Dealing with Fixations that Drive Us Nuts
  • A Ride in the Time Machine of Logic
  • Finding and Offering Relevant Role Models
  • Surprising and Strange Parallels
  • A New Look at the Concept of Genius
  • Our Discomforts—Their Rights
  • Choosing to be Gentle on Their Minds
  • Parents as Role Models
 

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Contents

A Challenge for Parents Teachers and
1
The Lonely Perspective of the Aspergers
9
Dealing with Fixations that Drive Us Nuts
19
A Ride in the Time Machine of Logic
29
Finding and Offering Relevant Role Models
35
A Caring Statesman with a DoubleTracked
41
A Cuddly Nobel Winner with a Bite
49
A SelfCensoring Scientist Who Knew Too
57
A Collector Who Spiced Classical Music
107
A Stargazer with Otherworldly Beliefs
115
A Performer Who Seemed Wedded to His
123
A Lyrical MessengerAn American Original
131
A Prodigy and Rebel Who Never Grew Up
139
Surprising and Strange Parallels
147
A New Look at the Concept of Genius
155
Our DiscomfortsTheir Rights
163

A Showman Who Peaked Too Soon
65
A MusicianActor Who Capitalized on
73
A Double Nobel Winner Who Shunned
81
A SingerActor Who Fought Too Hard
89
A Recluse Who Failed Exams and Changed
99
Choosing to be Gentle on Their Minds
169
Parents as Role Models
173
Aspergers Traits that Make Us Happy
181
Sources
183
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About the author (2002)

Norm and his wife Marsha were professional partners as safety educators, and then business partners in weekly newspaper publishing for fifteen years. With this book, they have renewed their professional partnership, after a hiatus during which they dedicated themselves to full-time parenting. They have two daughters, Stephanie and Allison, and three sons, David, Alfred, and Nicholas.

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