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

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Book - Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

by: Luke Jackson

About the author:

Luke Christopher Jackson (born 18 August 1988) is a British author who rose to fame at the age of 13, when he wrote a book from first-hand experience about his life with Asperger syndrome. The book, titled Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence, created a sensation and greatly increased general awareness of the condition.
Luke Jackson has three sisters and three brothers. One of his brothers, Joe, has AD/HD (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), and another brother, Ben, has autism. Luke Jackson, his mother Jacqui Jackson and the rest of their family were featured in a documentary on BBC2 (UK television) discussed on the BBC website.
In his book Crystalline Lifetime: Fragments of Asperger Syndrome, Luke Jackson divulges that he left school at the age of 14 "after completely having had enough", although he has "tried college" since. As of 2006, he is singing and playing in a band.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-098-0

Year: 2002

Publication Info: Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (Aug 1 2002)
Language: English

Description:

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 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”.
Book Info
Consumer-oriented narrative is written by a 13-year-old-boy with Asperger Syndrome. Draws upon personal experiences and family members to inform the general public about living the adolescent years with this disease. Softcover

 

Contents:

1. An introduction – me and my family. 2. Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrum. A label or a signpost? 3. To tell or not to tell? Giving the news. How and when to tell other people. 4. Fascinations and fixations. Specialist subjects. Collections. Compulsions. Controlling a compulsion. 5. Sense and sense abilities. About all of the senses – our different sensory perceptions. All in a muddle. 6. A different physiology. Dietary Differences. 7. A word about sleep. Medication. Sleeping solutions for people with AS. Sleeping solutions – tips for parents.8. Language and learning. Teenage talk. Literalism and logic. Precise parents make cheerful children. 9. The problem with school – Reading, Writing and `Rithmatic. Not to mention homework! Not much fun and games. School or otherwise – if it still goes wrong. 10. Bullying. My experiences. What is bullying? Why me? When is a bully not a bully? Dealing with bullies.11. Taekwondo. My Taekwondo class. The History of Taekwondo. The benefits of Taekwondo.12. Friendships and socialising. How to win friends and influence people. A word of warning for pushy parent. 13. The dating game. Fathom out those feelings. Top tips to enhance your chance. The rules of the game – do’s and don’t of dating. 14. Morals and principles – representation and reality. Negative publicity. Rules are not made to be broken. Moral musings for adolescent Aspergers. 15. One final note. Idioms – an explanation. Further reading. Websites and links. Index.

 

Reviews:

Asperger’s Syndrome or AS is a neurological condition that is on the spectrum as autism. It is NOT a mental illness. Luke Jackson, the young author of this sterling work gives a clear and pure voice of what “undefined behavioral/sensory differences” mean in terms of coping on a routine daily basis. Heightened sensory modes in addition to many of the behaviors that often accomopany AS such as rigid adherence to routines and/or ideas; social difficulties and literal interpretations of statements often stand out even more during puberty. This brilliant young man has presented a good case for nutrition and autism/Aspeger’s; (a/A) several of his siblings exhibit varying degrees of spectrum behaviors.

 

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