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Unnervingly clever, obsessively logical and infuriating to live with, but also disarmingly childlike and able to make you laugh - sound familiar.
As many as 1 in 100 people are affected by Asperger's Syndrome (AS), the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum. With humour, optimism and compelling honesty throughout, this insightful handbook provides invaluable practical advice, including:
* AS facts and figures
* Asperger's questionnaires
* advice and guidelines on diagnosis
* Asperger's and employment
* how to handle the difficult times
* personal accounts from people with AS and their partners.
By researching expert opinion and telling her own gripping story, Barbara Jacobs reveals the truth about people with AS and those who love them.
Foreword by Tony Attwood. Preface. 1. The Handsome Stranger Syndrome. Sixty characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome. 2. First Steps in a Parallel Universe. Asperger's Syndrome can be confused with... Asperger's Syndrome can include... 3. Other-wired. The AQ test. 4. Bringing Up Baby. Asperger questionnaire. 5. A Working Model. Asperger's and employment. 6. Breakthrough. Asperger's Syndrome diagnostic criteria. 7. Nuts and Bolts. Negotiating relationships with Asperger's. Reading material for Asperger relationships. One-to-one support (UK) for Asperger relationships. Acknowledgements.
The truth about people with AS and those who love them
Barbara Jacobs is a psychologist, agony aunt, broadcaster and lecturer in creative writing. She is the author of eight novels for young adults, including the award-winning Stick. As one of the most respected advice columnists in the UK she has written regular columns for Girl, Now, Good Health and LivingTV's website. She has had her own radio phone-in show on Heart FM and is a frequent guest and contributor to many radio and television programmes, including The Time...The Place, Esther and Food for Thought. Barbara lives in Leicester and has a son, Luke.
'A searingly honest account of the difficulties faced when people who are differently wired come together.' - David Potter, National Autistic Society 'It is a must for all those with an autism spectrum disorder in their midst.' - Christopher Gillberg, Adviser to the World Health Organization