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Build Your Own Life
By Wendy Lawson

Build Your Own Life

A Self-help Guide for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome

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Format: Paperback

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Build Your Own Life by Wendy Lawson

Book Description

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781843101147
ISBN-10: 1843101149
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publish Date: 12-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Books By Author Wendy Lawson

Passionate Mind by Wendy Lawson Passionate Mind, Paperback (September 2010)

Lawson lays out her theory of Single Attention and Associated Cognition in Autism. Whereas neurotypical people easily shift their attention from one interest to another, those on the autism spectrum tend to focus on a single theme. When this learning style is understood individuals on the autism spectrum can achieve their full potential.

Extraordinary Gift by Wendy Lawson Extraordinary Gift, Paperback (March 2010)

An Australian resource guide for parents who have a child with Asperger's Syndrome. It offers profound insight into parenting these extraordinary children; sound information on how to negotiate the service systems and practical support so parents know they are not alone.

Concepts of Normality by Wendy Lawson Concepts of Normality, Paperback (July 2008)

Lawson outlines the theory behind the thinking and beliefs of Western society that have led to the building of a culture that fails to be inclusive. She describes what a wider concept of 'normal' means and how to access it, whether it's in social interaction, friendships, feelings, thoughts and desires or various other aspects of 'normality'

Friendships by Wendy Lawson Friendships, Paperback (June 2006)

Wendy Lawson felt she had a knack for upsetting people and was surprised to be told that she 'did friendship rather well'. In her frank and thoughtful analysis of what makes and breaks friendships, she explores what it means to have friends or be a friend. Her ideas are accompanied by practical examples, poetry and stories.

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Author Biography - Wendy Lawson

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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