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

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jan 1, 2002 - Education - 215 pages

Winner of the NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award 2003

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 more 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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User Review  - homeschoolmimzi - LibraryThing

I LOVED this book. I gave it to my son to read too. He loved it as well. In it, Jackson reveals what it is like to be a 13 yr old boy w/Asperger Syndrome. An endearing boy, he writes as though he's ... Read full review

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User Review  - ThePinesLibrary - LibraryThing

Written by a thirteen-year-old who has Asperger syndrome, this is a book for adolescents. Luke is acutely aware of just how different he is and how little information is available for adolescents like ... Read full review

Selected pages


An Introduction Me and My Family
Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrum
To Tell or Not to Tell?
Fascinations and Fixations
Sense and Sense Abilities
A Different Physiology
A Word about Sleep
Language and Learning
Friendships and Socializing
The Dating Game
Morals and Principles Representation and Reality
One Final and Positive Note
Idioms an Explanation
Further Reading
Useful Addresses and Websites

The Problem with School

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About the author (2002)

Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has three sisters and three brothers. One of his brothers has AD/HD, one is autistic and Luke has Asperger Syndrome. He is the author of A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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