How to be Yourself in a World That's Different An Asperger Syndrome Study Guide for Adolescents
Written by Yuko Yoshida, Lorna Wing
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How to be Yourself in a World That's Different An Asperger Syndrome Study Guide for Adolescents by Yuko Yoshida, Lorna WingHow to Be Yourself in a World that's Different is an accessible guide to Asperger's syndrome (AS) written for young readers who have been diagnosed with AS and autism spectrum conditions. The book features clear explanations of the condition, including symptoms that are common to people on the autism spectrum, such as a hypersensitivity to touch and difficulties with balance and coordination. The characteristics and symptoms of other syndromes that often coincide with AS are also discussed, for example AD/HD, learning disorders and tics, as well as the temporary states of mental dysfunction that people with AS tend to be predisposed to, including depression, anxiety, obsessive and compulsive behaviors and catatonia. This informative and encouraging text highlights the positive aspects of autism spectrum conditions, such as diligence, fairness and a knack for unique ideas, but it also acknowledges the daily challenges faced by young people with AS and, crucially, offers strategies for dealing with these. Using case examples, Yoshida explores the difficulties of disclosing a diagnosis, takes readers through the stages of practicing key social skills, and offers advice on seeking support.
't find the kind of supportive and positive assistance this book offers when they were younger. For every disability, Yoshida finds abilities, for every challenge something to celebrate, without ever falsifying or disregarding the difficulties. -- Young People Now This is an exceptionally positive book. I would recommend it for pre-teen and teenage kids with AS. -- The Maap This author is a child psychiatrist at the Yokohama Psycho-Developmental Clinic in Japan with more than twenty years experience with ASD. Her insights reflect her experience, not only in her knowledge of AS, but in her ability to adjust her language to speak effectively to that age group. -- The Maap 'Very often we are asked to recommend a book about AS that is appropriate for middle school or high school aged person with AS to read. This easy-to-read book would make that list.'
-tactile hypersensitivity, problems with coordination and emotion regulation-side effects associated with the condition (depression, anxiety, AD/HD) and advice on seeking help. Without ducking the many challenges that these adolescents face on a daily basis, the author proves a compassionate, understanding guide, adept at conveying the most important aspects of diagnosis, treatment and coping strategies. There is also a section about related disorders, and plenty of case studies that demonstrate crucial learned behaviours and the development of sharp social skills. Accessible and encouraging. -- Kirkus Reports
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