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Build Your Own Life
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As someone with Asperger Syndrome, Wendy Lawson knows all about the social difficulties that accompany the condition. Here she guides others on the autism spectrum through the confusing map of life, tackling the building bricks of social existence one by one. With insight and practical suggestions she looks at issues such as the concept of 'self' and 'other', the difficulty of 'putting on a face' and how to deal with unwelcome changes, helping all those on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum, and those close to them, to get the best out of a world that is often perplexing.
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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.

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Self-help guide from internationally respected Wendy Lawson

About the Author

Wendy Lawson overcame a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia to become a social worker and adult educator. Author of Life Behind Glass and Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, she lives in Victoria, Australia.

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This book is easy to read and is packed with humorous illustrations, poetry and anecdotes, in the hope of giving the reader a clearer understanding of Asperger Syndrome. The best thing about the book is that it is not full of jargon or medical terminology. The book offers plenty of useful and practical advice, not only for people with AS but also people who may have interest in AS. -- Autism West Midlands 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. -- Robert Drew, Son of Asperger Syndrome Support Network Worker

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