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Title:
Pretending to be normal : living with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Author:
Willey, Liane Holliday.
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Edition:
Expanded edition.
Publication Information:
London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, [2015].
Physical Description:
191 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9781849057554
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Compelling and witty, Liane Holliday Willey's account of growing to adulthood as an undiagnosed 'Aspie' has been read by thousands of people on and off the autism spectrum since it was first published in 1999. Bringing her story up to date, including her diagnosis as an adult, and reflecting on the changes in attitude over 15 years, this expanded edition will continue to entertain (and inform) all those who would like to know a little more about how it feels to spend your life `pretending to be normal'.


Author Notes

Liane Holliday Willey is a wife, mother, autism consultant, academic researcher, avid horsewoman and owner of an equestrian barn. She has a Doctorate of Education, and is a frequent guest speaker as well as the author of several other books on autism spectrum conditions.


Table of Contents

Tony Attwood
Forewordp. 11
Author's Notep. 13
Introductionp. 15
1 Remembering Whenp. 18
2 The Gap Widens and Wondering Whyp. 33
3 Losing My Wayp. 49
4 A Slow Walk Homep. 66
5 Crossing the Bridgep. 81
6 Rocking My Babiesp. 97
7 Settling In, But Never Downp. 112
8 Pretending a Little Lessp. 129
Appendix I Explaining Who You Are to Those Who Carep. 137
Appendix II Survival Skills for as College Studentsp. 146
Appendix III Employment Options and Responsibilitiesp. 158
Appendix IV Organizing Your Home Lifep. 166
Appendix V Coping Strategies for Sensory Perception Problemsp. 173
Appendix VI Thoughts for the Non-As Support Peoplep. 179
Appendix VII Support Groups and Other Helpful Resources Glossaryp. 188
Bibliographyp. 191