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Raising Martians – from Crash-landing to Leaving Home How to Help a Child with Asperger Syndrome or High-functioning Autism

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Book - Raising Martians – from Crash-landing to Leaving Home How to Help a Child with Asperger Syndrome or High-functioning Autism

by: Joshua Muggleton, Foreword by Tony Attwood

About the author:

Joshua Muggleton has Asperger Syndrome. Having gained experience as an assistant psychologist, he graduated with first class honours in Psychology from the University of St Andrews, and is currently studying for a Master of Research in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Since 2005, Joshua has been leading talks, lectures and workshops on Autism Spectrum Disorders and related issues. He has spoken to MPs in the House of Commons, and has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, and CNN. Outside of term time, Joshua lives in Guildford, UK, with his parents, sister, and also his two younger brothers, who are both on the autism spectrum.

Tony Attwood, PhD, is a clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, with over 30 years of experience with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He is currently adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-002-9

Year: 2011

Publication Info: 240pp


Joshua Muggleton knows from personal experience what it is like to grow up feeling like ‘a Martian marooned on planet Earth’. Now 22 and studying psychology at the University of St. Andrews, he combines his insights into what it means to have Asperger Syndrome (AS) with his scientific knowledge of the autism spectrum to write an invaluable guide for parents and teachers.

Opening with the very basics of what autism is, Joshua covers mental health, sensory issues, obsessions and rituals, friendships and social situations, and shopping, travelling, and holidays, before tackling what is arguably the biggest challenge of any Aspie child’s life: school – and with it, bullying, homework, and other challenges. Providing the inside track on Asperger Syndrome in childhood, he describes practical ways in which parents and teachers can help, and offers a wealth of advice and helpful hints and tips for approaching common difficulties.

An essential guide for any parent or teacher wishing to understand and help a child with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism, Raising Martians will take them from crash-landing to leaving home.



Foreword by Tony Attwood. Introduction: Who Am I? 1. Aspergers Syndrome: Welcome to Mars! 2. Mental Health: Where Normal Isn’t a Setting on a Washing Machine. 3. The Five Senses (Plus Two). 4. Stimming, Obsessions, and Rituals: Some of Our More Noticeable Behaviour Explained. 5. Friendships and Social Situations: Your Heaven, Our Hell. 6. Shopping, Travelling and Holidays: Out and About in a Scary World. 7. School: The Survival Guide. 8. Bullying: When Being Different Isn’t Cool. 9. Toolbox: Popular Problems and Helpful Hints. Index.



Muggleton, in his debut, is particularly well-suited to comment on Asperger Syndrome, since he was diagnosed with it at the age of 15 and is studying to be a psychologist. In concise, logically arranged chapters, he provides a brief history of autistic spectrum disorders and then offers experience-based insight into a number of aspects of AS, including ritual behaviors, problems making friends and dealing with difficult social situations, increased sensitivity to sensory input, bullying, dealing with changes in a normal routine, etc…. Although mostly intended for parents, many teens will also find this to be a very enlightening, often optimistic work on a challenging topic.


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