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Build Your Own Life A Self-Help Guide For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome

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Book - Build Your Own Life A Self-Help Guide For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome

by: Wendy Lawson

About the author:

Dr Wendy Lawson, a psychologist, qualified counsellor and social worker has operated her own private practice for many years. Wendy was awarded fourth place as ‰Û÷Victorian Australian of the year' in 2008. Originally diagnosed as being intellectually disabled, then in her teens as being schizophrenic, and finally in 1994, Wendy was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. The mother of four children, Wendy has been married, separated and divorced, has experienced the death of one of her teenage sons, lost friends and status due to being openly gay, faced ill health and recently is coming to terms with the fact that she is aging! Wendy's youngest son is also on the autism spectrum.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-114-7

Year: 2003

Publication Info: 176pp


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.



Foreword 1. Introduction. 2. Foundations for life. 3. Scaffolding. 4. Erecting the rooms. 5. Covering the walls. 6. Plumbing and electricity. 7. Settings, entries and exits. 8. My building in relationship to my neighbours. 9. Mapping my travels and seeing where they lead me. 10. Buildings in need of repair. 11. Conclusion map and safe dwellings. References. Index.



This book is well designed for people with Asperger’s Syndrome because it is not very long which is good for people like me who get anxious and impatient quite easily. I also lose track of what is being talked about in a piece of writing quite easily. Another reason why this book is suited for people with autism is that it uses several diagrams, and diagrams are an effective way to communicate with people with autism. I found this book helped me to increase my understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome. I found this book quite interesting and would recommend this book to other people with Asperger’s Syndrome.


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