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Finding Out About Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and PDD

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Book - Finding Out About Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and PDD

by: Gunilla Gerland

About the author:

Gunilla Gerland is 34 and has always brushed her teeth twice a day. But every time she has to think about what she is doing. It has never become automatic - every contact with the toothbrush is like her first.

Gunilla is autistic, although this is hard to imagine when one starts talking to her. She writes, lectures, travels, and has good friends. But her problems, though subtle, become more apparent as the conversation continues. "Skills that others take for granted, like brushing your teeth, will never come naturally to me. I would never be able to drive a car - I wouldn't even try to learn. And if I am speaking on the phone, I find it very hard to understand the person if there is any noise in the background" she says.

She has many professional friends from the field of autism but relationships don't come easy either: "I feel I need to be appreciated and useful, though I'm not sure I can distinguish between that and being loved. I don't think I need to actually feel loved".

ISBN: 978-1-85302-840-3

Year: 2000

Publication Info: Paperback: 46 pages
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (May 2000)
Language: English


Children and teenagers are different. Some have more differences than others and may have difficulties with things such as participating in group activities, or really understanding how other people see things and how they think. Some of these young people want to do things in their own way, and some of them have a particular interest which fills their lives.

Many of those who are special in this way have Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism. Gunilla, who is now an adult, received her diagnosis several years ago. She has written this book for all children and teenagers who have similar difficulties. It’s an important book – in fact, it’s the only one of its kind.

Gunilla’s book should be read by all young people who receive a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, PDD or high functioning autism. It can also be read by their peers in school, siblings, and other children with whom they have contact. Adults may read it too, the better to understand the person with autism or Asperger Syndrome.’
– Christopher Gillberg, MD and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry



Me and you and Asperger Syndrome. What are our difficulties? Thinking differently. It’s usually a good idea to ask! Our five senses. But we don’t have just difficulties Learning that you have a disability. Why is it called Asperger Syndrome? When do you get Asperger Syndrome? How do you get Asperger Syndrome? Some final words.



This book is meant to be read by children who have Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning autism and is the best. My eleven year old son who has Asperger’s enjoyed reading it tremendously and said he would re-read it. I’ve bought him other books on explaining his diagnosis but they have been rather negative in one way or another and I have been unable to give them to him. Not this one – it is very positive and reassuring. A couple of the other reviwers obviously misunderstood the purpose of this book – it is for children only.


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