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

Jackson, Luke

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Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN-13: 9781843100980
Binding: Paperback
Year Published: 2002
"At last we have a book for adolescents with Asperger Syndrome, written by a thirteen-year-old who has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. Luke Jackson is an expert on the challenges encountered by his peers... I will now benefit by incorporating Luke's wisdom into my clinical work... His style is entertaining and educational but I would add that it is also therapeutic. This book will enhance our understanding of Asperger Syndrome, change attitudes and replace bleak despair with insight and laughter." - from the Foreword by Tony Attwood.

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 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. 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.'
ID: 21019
Code: AT000032