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Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome

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Book - Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome

by: Genevieve Edmonds and Luke Beardon

About the author:

Sarah Hendrickx is a specialist Asperger syndrome trainer, consultant and coach, providing individual, couple and family support on all aspects of life, including anxiety management, dating, relationships and work.

Dr Luke Beardon is Senior Lecturer in Autism at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University. "I came into the field' almost accidentally, when I was working as a support worker in adult residential services. The NAS were setting up a service locally and I happened to apply for a post there - luckily I got the job, and fell in love with it from day one. In hindsight it turns out that I have had autism in my life way before then - but that's another story._"

ISBN: 978-1-84310-647-0

Year: 2008

Publication Info: Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (Mar 15 2008)
Language: English


This book is essential reading to understand the social abilities of adults with Asperger’s syndrome. The contributors each have different personalities and experiences, but together they provide a range of strategies to encourage people with Asperger’s syndrome to achieve the social relationships they desire.

– Professor Tony Attwood

Social interaction among neurotypical people is complex and in many ways illogical. To the person with Asperger Syndrome (AS) it is also woefully unintuitive. In this book, adults with AS discuss social relationships, offer advice and support for others with AS and provide necessary insights into AS perspectives for those working and interacting with them.

The contributors evaluate a range of social contexts and relationship aspects, including:

– online relationships – a worldwide social network based on non-verbal communication,

– the unwritten rules of neurotypical socialising,

– the need for mutual understanding between those with AS and neurotypicals,

– the effects of struggling socially on one’s self-esteem and frame of mind, and

– the opportunities provided by social skills workshops or interest groups.

This is essential reading for adults with AS, their family and friends, as well as service providers and other professionals providing support for people with AS in adult life.



Preface to the Series. Genevieve Edmonds. Introduction. Luke Beardon. 1. One-Channel Communication: Developing Social Relations Online. Chris Mitchell. 2. Developing a Better Social Understanding. Steve Jarvis. 3. The Difficulty of Social Contact and the Impact on My Mental Health. Hazel D.L. Pottage. 4. Social Relationships for People with Asperger Syndrome: How to Help People Understand. Giles Harvey. 5. Social Relationships and the Communication Problem. Neil Shepherd. 6. Social Relationships and Social Inclination. Alexandra Brown. 7. The Social World and Me. Kamlesh Pandya. 8. Aspie Village: A Web-Based Social Forum. Dean Worton. 9. Understanding and Enjoying Successful Social Relationships. Wendy Lawson. 10. Socialising 101 for Aspies. Liane Holliday-Willey. 11. Making Friends is Not Easy. PJ Hughes. 12. Social Relationships I’ve Had and From Which I’ve Learned. Vicky Bliss. 13. Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships: My Experiences and Observations. Anne Henderson. 14. A Stranger in a Strange Land: A Journey Through the Social Weirdness of the Neurotypical. Cornish. List of Contributors. Index.



This book sure helps you to strengthen not only your knowledge but strategies of how to cope with your Asperger Syndrome and social lives. So I’d like to recommend this especially to those who remain undiagnosed as AS and bogged down in cruel reality; they may find their unexpected AS symptoms they had never recognized before! It is as if they could finally get out of a long tunnel. And they will get a chance to know themselves objectively.
Certainly, AS itself won’t disappear for the rest of Aspies’ lives, where they may feel distant and different from society. However, I’m sure they will make the best use of their own pros of AS!


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