Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome A User Guide to Adolescence Have you ever been called a freak or a geek Have you ever felt like one Luke Jackson is years old and has Asperger Syndrome Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are othe

  • Title: Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence
  • Author: Luke Jackson Tony Attwood
  • ISBN: 9781843100980
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • Have you ever been called a freak or a geek Have you ever felt like one Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are difficult Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions and when a child has Asperger Syndrome,Have you ever been called a freak or a geek Have you ever felt like one Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are difficult Adolescence and the teenage years are a minefield of emotions, transitions and decisions and when a child has Asperger Syndrome, the result is often explosive Luke has three sisters and one brother in various stages of their adolescent and teenage years but he is acutely aware of just how different he is and how little information is available for adolescents like himself Drawing from his own experiences and gaining information from his teenage brother and sisters, he wrote this enlightening, honest and witty book in an attempt to address difficult topics such as bullying, friendships, when and how to tell others about AS, school problems, dating and relationships, and morality Luke writes briefly about his younger autistic and AD HD brothers, providing amusing insights into the antics of his younger years and advice for parents, carers and teachers of younger AS children However, his main reason for writing was because so many books are written about us, but none are written directly to adolescents with Asperger Syndrome I thought I would write one in the hope that we could all learn together.

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    1. A detailed, interesting and fun read about what it's like to be a 13-year-old boy with Asperger's. One warms to Luke and his family - they come across as a happy, loving and mutually supportive. The book is filled with information, including some which is contentious (the possibility/likelihood that vaccinations have caused Asperger's.) I was also concerned at one stage when he said he thought schizophrenia might come under the Asperger's umbrella made me rather wonder about the rest of what he [...]

    2. I had a lot of hesitation about allowing my son to be labeled, for the most part we did it for legal purposes when he was 7 so the school couldn't force him into 'special' classes and it's been a good choice. We ended up having him fully evaluated by a medical team of psychologists, pediatricians, etc and not through the school. My son is now entering the 7th grade in the gifted program, him being a student all those years ago they just wanted to push out because while his IQ was far above avera [...]

    3. This should be on every educator's reading list. We don't all think alike, and this book, written by a 13-year old AS (Asperger Syndrome) boy helped me understand how he is "wired" differently. Excerpt:Luke Jackson, author, narrator describes a scene wherein he is daydreaming in math class"I glance up and see the formidable form of the teacher. He towers over me, arms folded, the pungent mixture of sweat and after-shave filling my nostrils [extra sensitivity to sensory input is common among AS p [...]

    4. What an interesting look at Asperger Syndrome, or AS.The author, Luke Jackson, is 13, and has AShe writes with humor, logic, and sensitivity about lots of issues that affect all teens and children, but have special challenges for AS youngsters.He puts us in his shoes, explaining what the 'symptoms' feel likehe describes the sensory sensitivities and his strategies for living with these sensitivities.I appreciated the way he would stop and give tips for other AS kids, as well as teachers and pare [...]

    5. Public library book. Written by a 13-year old, which is awesome, meaning it is understandable and practical.This book is amazing! If you want to know what it's like inside a 13-year old with Asperger Syndrome (AS), living in a family with both AS kids and non-AS kids (five total), going to school, socializing (or not) this is the book for you. Luke covers a myriad of topics in a conversational tone, which is amazing for some on the autism spectrum --amazing because non-AS people have stereotype [...]

    6. A non-fiction, own voices book about kids and adolescences with Asperger's syndrome, a syndrome that is a form of Autism. Luke Jackson wrote and had this book published when he was only 13, and this is about his experience with having AS. He gives tips to both those that have it, and the parents and teachers that are part of the their lives. He also shares stories, pictures, and photographs about his experience. This is a great starter read to understanding Asperger's and how to handle it. Havin [...]

    7. This is a great book and I recommend it for anyone to read. It is different from your usual non-fiction books. He specifically does not fill the book with facts but writes it more like a biography. It more about "this is what it is like living with autism spectrum disorder and here's how you can make things easier for us". He doesn't claim to know it all and frequently reminds you that he is only 13 so has a lot more to learn but he writes it so well. It is quite humourous too, with a list of id [...]

    8. Annoying writing - preachy at best whiney at worst. Advocated the opinion that the person with the issue is the only one that can tell what ways one should deal with this issue. I know the book will be used to say various methods (diet, martial arts, pressure therapy) worked(?) for him so everyone has to jump on the bandwagon (take that Luke!) Seemed very shallow(!) and hardly worth the time to read.

    9. It isn't as informative as those big list and study books out there--but this book is a must read for so many other reasons.Jackson wrote the book at the age of 13 and he actually has Aspergers. You can get a really good look at what goes on in their world, not only by his frank stories and admonitions, but just by his writing style.He's a one of a kind kid too. I'm very glad I got to read the book and get to know a little bit about what it's like to live that life.

    10. This book was written as a kind of a self-help manual from one teen with Asperger's Syndrome to other kids who have it. It was charming and well-written. It gave me new insights into the mind of someone with Asperger's. You must read this if you have a child or teen with Asperger's. Also see his mother's story. It's amazing as well.

    11. This was very good and I 'saw' a lot of my 8 year old autistic son in this book. So much so that when he's a little bit older I'll recommend that he reads this book.The author writes with a level of understanding and humour about his AS rarely shown by adults in experience. This made the book easy and enjoyable to read. I recommend this book to parents of ASC kids as much as to children with ASC because I thought it provided useful insight into who the mind of an ASC child works. I particularly [...]

    12. I didn't get anything out of it. This is meant for kids to read and maybe it would help Aspie kids feel a little more "normal" but as a parent of an Aspie kid, it gave me no more insight than I already had.

    13. I would thoroughly recommend this book to not only parents but older children who are maybe finding it hard to understand their differences. Luke's account of what it is like to have Asperger's Syndrome is not only informative but has a lovely sense of light heartedness in a way that others of a similar age would relate to. An absolutely fantastic read.

    14. Started on Saturday, finished on Sunday (and now't to do with Solomon Grundy).So, here is another memoir from someone with Asperger's Syndrome (or Asperger Syndrome (AS) as it is referred to here).This one is written by a thirteen year old boy that seems to come from a family with multiple autists (is that a word?) including his mother.I suppose that this gives him a unique opportunity to write this book for other teenagers that have difficulty adjusting to a world largely composed of people who [...]

    15. I have given this book 5 stars. I liked it for lots of reasons, and considering it was written by a boy of 13 who obviously has many other things going on in his life, it's fantastic.I have a daughter of 11 currently being assessed for Asperger Syndrome, and I read this to find out more about Aspergers from the point of view of a child who lives with it. That is exactly what this book gives. It's a clear, no-jargon, honest account of life with Aspergers from the point of view of a 13 year old bo [...]

    16. So this is another book written by an author within the spectrum of autism, Aspergers Syndrom. He is only 13 years old and so writes from the view point of a teenager, with the language of a teenager and the compulsions of a teenager with Aspergers. He descibes his family and everything he writes about in detail yet it is quite obvious by his writing style, that he is very factual. Not once did I feel sorry for him nor his brothers (who are also autistic and more so than him). This is in fact an [...]

    17. I have ASD myself and while this was an interesting read, it was tedious at times. Luke Jackson is by no means a brilliant writer and tends to repeat himself and add assurances and small things that made getting to the point hard and sometimes frustrating. I also did not enjoy the section on gluten-free food and felt it didn't fit with what I wanted out of the book (which was mainly a view of what AS was like as I was in the process of being diagnosed at the time and I was 17). Also, the large s [...]

    18. Written by then-13-year old Luke Jackson with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome diagnosis, this is less of a narrative than a conversational chapter-by-chapter guide and discussion to various topics that may be of interest to a young teen. The tone does make it an easy read with just enough information interspersed with descriptions of how the author experiences them.However, this same writing style does make it difficult as a neurotypical adult reader to remain engaged -- constant reminders of " [...]

    19. I would love to read a review of this book by an adolescent with AS. Luke Jackson does a good job of presenting himself, his personality comes across throughout the entire book. Which is, actually, part of the reason I didn't like it as much as I could have.This book is full of insight about AS and autism in general, helping me to understand the AS people in my life. It is also full of parenthetical disclaimers (after all, I don't know everything! I'm only thirteen years old!) that started to we [...]

    20. I would recommend this book to parents, teachers and especially Autistic kids, no matter where they are on the spectrum. Luke not only provides invaluable insight into how AS affects his life, but how Autism affects the lives of his two younger brothers. He also provides helpful, bullet point, lists on how to manage everything from sleeping, homework and even dating. The title is quite apt, because this is truly a guide to handling many of the challenges teens with Autism face on a daily basis. [...]

    21. Freaks Geeks & Aspergers syndrome by Luke JacksonDate read: 2012-10-09 (ISO date)Review written to Dropbox waiting for publishing at GoodReads: 2012-10-09 & 2012-10-10Good book. It's nice to know other people have experiences with bullying and AS too.I have probably even experienced that sexual bullying which the author hasn't if that is what bully telling you to "look at " and playing adult content on it and then explaining that they were trying to convert me as "hetero sexual".It seems [...]

    22. If I had had a book like this one when I was thirteen, it would have changed my life.That's not to say that I think the book is perfect - I think it could have stood a little bit of gentle editorial help to smooth out some of the rough edges. I think Luke could have dispensed with the self-depreciating stuff like "After all, I'm only thirteen" and "I don't know how it is in other countries, but" and just communicated what life is like for him and what he does know. Then again, maybe his way of e [...]

    23. This is a fantastic book by a thirteen year old with Asperger Syndrome. As soon as I finish reading it I plan to read it to my son.The book is written as a self-help book for teens who have AS or Autism, but also has explanations for teachers, parents and others. I especially like the parts where he details how his thinking processes work. It explains so much. The author also goes into details about variations on the syndrome that he has not personally experienced, so it does cover more than jus [...]

    24. This is an excellent book for all parents and teachers of Asperger's Syndrome students to read. It gave me some great insights into my granddaughter. This should be in every school professional library and every public library.After my husband reads it, I will send it to my granddaughter, who is the same age that Luke was when he wrote it. The only drawback is that he is from the United Kingdom and does have some British language usage that might be a problem for some readers.I had to ask to hav [...]

    25. Luke Jackson has Asperger Syndrome. He is the thirteen year old author of this "how-to" kind of book. He describes himself as being a little obsessive about certain things, (computers and video games) and totally clueless about others, (facial expressions, or why rules change according to circumstances.) He wrote the book to help other kids with Asperger Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) realize that they are OK, and for adults to understand what it's like to have some autism. Insightfu [...]

    26. Fantastic user guide for youth on the autistic spectrum. The writing and ideas are excellent.It would be useful for making sense of it (especially for literal spectrum kids) to know that the writer is from England and only 13, so there are some jokes and advice that don't translate exactly to other cultural contexts. I was particularly impressed by the author's ability to speak from his own experience while including others' views and experiences without overgeneralizing. I also really appreciat [...]

    27. I bought this book for a project I was doing at University and wanted some background research into Aspergers Syndrome.For my art project at university I illustrated The Curious Incident of The Dog in Night Time. The main character Christopher has aspergers syndrome.I only later read Freaks Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome after I had finished university but I was really impressed with the material. Luke is very insightful, I love his confidence. The book is easy to follow, it’s humorous and cleve [...]

    28. Author Luke Jackson is a 13-year-old British boy with Asperger Syndrome. He has written this book in order to help AS kids understand themselves, and help parents and caregivers understand their charges. As such, it is an invaluable resource. Luke writes with clarity and humor, explaining from the inside of an AS mind why these kids do what they do, and validating their feelings and struggles. Except for some British slang and idioms, any of my AS clients would find his work understandable and r [...]

    29. Great book, a must read for all teachers. If you have ever wondered if your partner, child, sibling, friend is Aspergers this book will help you understand them better and behave towards them in a kinder way. If you are an Aspie this book will help you to understand why you may get adverse reactions to your actions and why people get cross or frustrated with you.If you are a parent of an Aspie kid then encourage them to read this book and make sure you read it. I found it quiet uncomfortable at [...]

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