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Freaks, geeks and Asperger syndrome : a user guide to adolescence
Jackson, Luke, 1988-
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Publication Information:
London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, [2002]

Physical Description:
215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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RJ506.A9 J326 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Part of the Reading Well scheme. 27 books selected by young people and health professionals to provide 13 to 18 year olds with high-quality support, information and advice about common mental health issues and related conditions.

Winner of the NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award 2003

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 has three sisters and one brother in various stages of their adolescent and teenage years but he 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.
Luke writes briefly about his younger autistic and AD/HD brothers, providing amusing insights into the antics of his younger years and advice for parents, carers and teachers of younger AS children. 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".

Author Notes

Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has three sisters and three brothers. One of his brothers has AD/HD, one is autistic and Luke has Asperger Syndrome

Table of Contents

Tony Attwood
Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgementsp. 11
1. An Introduction - Me and My Familyp. 13
2. Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrump. 19
A label or a signpost?
3. To Tell or Not to Tell?p. 30
Giving the news
How and when to tell other people
4. Fascinations and Fixationsp. 43
Specialist subjects
Controlling a compulsion
5. Sense and Sense Abilitiesp. 60
All of the senses - our different sensory perceptions
All in a muddle
6. A Different Physiologyp. 77
Dietary differences
7. A Word About Sleepp. 86
Sleeping solutions for people with AS
Sleeping solutions - tips for parents
8. Language and Learningp. 99
Teenage talk
Literalism and logic
Precise parents make cheerful children
9. The Problem with School...p. 113
Reading, writing and 'rithmetic
Not to mention homework!
Not much fun and games
School or otherwise - if it still goes wrong
10 Bullyingp. 135
My experiences
What is bullying?
Why me?
When is a bully not a bully?
Dealing with bullies
11. Taekwondop. 154
My Taekwondo class
The History of Taekwondo
The benefits of Taekwondo
12. Friendships and Socializingp. 163
How to win friends and influence people
A word of warning for pushy parents
13. The Dating Gamep. 170
Fathom those feelings
Top tips to enhance your chance
The rules of the game - do's and don'ts of dating
14. Morals and Principles - Representation and Realityp. 179
Negative publicity
Rules are not made to be broken
Moral musings for adolescent Aspergers
15. One Final and Positive Notep. 188
Idioms - an Explanationp. 192
Further Readingp. 197
Useful Addresses and Websitesp. 199
Indexp. 205