Build Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Feb 15, 2003 - Self-Help - 176 pages
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As someone with Asperger Syndrome, Wendy Lawson knows all about the social difficulties that accompany the condition. In this book, she guides others on the autism spectrum through the confusing map of life, tackling the building bricks of social existence one by one with humour, insight and practical suggestions. Exploring what it is like to be an adult in an alien world, she looks at the concepts of 'self' and 'other' and talks about the people in our lives - how to relate to them, how we can use their support and how we can protect ourselves in the process. Using poetry and illustrations, she goes on to explain the difficult notion of `putting on a face', looks at how to assess personal skills in order to develop them into a suitable career and how to deal with unwelcome changes in life. This book is essential reading for all those on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum, helping them to get the best out of a world that is often confusing and aiding those close to them to understand their perspective.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Wendy Aspergers Syndrome and neurotypicality
9
Acknowledgements
11
Introduction
13
Chapter 1 Foundations to life
19
Chapter 2 Designing planning and structuring our building
43
Chapter 3 Erecting the building
57
Chapter 4 Covering the walls
69
Chapter 6 Past influences upon how we build our lives
95
Chapter 7 My building in relationship to my neighbours
105
Chapter 8 Buildings in need of maintenance
116
Chapter 9 Revisiting my plans and seeing where they lead me
130
Chapter 10 Being comfortable and satisfied with our building
137
Some common metaphors
150
References
172
Index
173

Chapter 5 Plumbing and electricity
83

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Wendy Lawson, who has Asperger Syndrome, was considered to be intellectually disabled as a child and lived with a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia for over 25 years. She overcame this to become a social worker and adult educator who now runs her own business. Wendy lives in Victoria, Australia, and is the author of Life Behind Glass and Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, plus numerous articles on autism spectrum conditions.

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