Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome. A User Guide to Adolescence. Luke Jackson. Foreword by Tony Attwood. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London and. 𝗣𝗗𝗙 | Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson. Jessica Kingsley, £/$, pp ISBN 1. Freaks, Geeks, & Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence. Reviewed by David Worling, PhD. Additional article information. Freaks, Geeks.
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Luke Jackson, Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to. Adolescence. Here are some quotes from the book. p16 'Joe has the wildest. How to Write a Better Thesis What Is a Thesis? David Evans†, Paul Gruba, Justin Zobel · Download PDF Chapter. Page. Part of the Reading Well scheme. 27 books selected by young people and health professionals to provide 13 to 18 year olds with high-quality support.
Quick Overview Drawing from his own experiences and gaining information from his teenage brother and sisters, Luke Jackson 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.
Be the first to review this product Email to a Friend. Description Part of the Reading Well scheme. Reviews 'A remarkable book from a unique boy! Novices and experts alike will find Luke Jackson's book full of practical ideas that will enable them to make a positive difference in the lives of people with Asperger Syndrome.
The experts reckon that Luke has a reading age of plus, but most people that age would be hard-pressed to produce such witty, effortless prose… [his] positive — almost celebratory — view could well make this a favourite among children, AS and otherwise, who find themselves out of tune with their classmates.
At the same time it has extraordinary depth and insight, guiding people along without a trace of arrogance or being simplistic. I cannot recommend this book enough. His combination of humour and sincerity will keep you interested all the way through and when you finish reading, you will take away an in-depth and relevant understanding of Asperger's Syndrome. There should be a copy in the staffroom of every school with an AS pupil - which, at the rate things are going, means nearly every school.
Give clear instructions. Avoid metaphors you can't explain. Don't presume rights and wrongs are obvious. Spell things out clearly…I like Jackson's project: He provides an insight into the internal world of people with Asperger Syndrome. Jackson's admirable effort to tell it how it is has left me gratefully enlightened.
It is good to know that there is a book like this that teenagers with AS would find useful and accessible.
I suspect though the market this book is aimed at is parents, and that often seemed to be who Luke was addressing… Luke explains things clearly and sensibly, and this is as good a book as any for anyone of any age to read as an introduction to Asperger syndrome or to try and gain better understanding of an other.
I hope Luke continues writing as he gets older'. His style of writing is jokey and engaging. She says she wants to be a singer and she has a really good voice but I have to admit that it gets on my nerves. One thing Anna is really talented at is writing poems. She makes some really good gluten. She was a dancing chicken in a school play recently and she surpassed everyone else in that! Sarah has a lot of funny ways and the most hilarious thing about it is that she doesn't even know!
She seems to have a hearing problem. Some of her drawings are amazing and that is a huge compliment coming from me as sometimes she really annoys me. She can just think them up so quickly. Anna is going to be more like Rachel I think.
She is a brilliant dancer. She is actually very good to have around for us at the moment because she likes to bake and is trying out new things all the time. An Introduction — Me and My Family 15 cially with the boys! Rachel sings and sings and sings. Geeks and Asperger Syndrome diet we're on that I'll tell you more about later concoctions.
Maybe she will be a chef when she gets older. This boy doesn't listen either and does the most daft. I remember being with Mum when she picked him up from school a few years ago and his support worker brought him out. Joe has the wildest imagination of anyone I have ever met. Joseph has great problems listening and is hyperactive. He is never still and jumps and cartwheels everywhere. The school he is at try hard to help him and find ways for him to listen and concentrate.
At the school I go to now. The only thing with this is that when he tells other people his 'stories' no one ever knows which are his fantasies and which are reality.
If people on the autistic spectrum have problems with imagination then that certainly describes Joe.
Joe is hilarious in his antics. That has been a lot better recently though he still has serious problems listening and concentrating.
I think he would be great as a storywriter. He was most definitely the same as Joe though a lot 'naughtier'. That is attention deficit. He is really silly and. I sometimes wonder whether Joe knows either! Mum gets very worried about this sometimes because he is so believable that if he told someone something bad. When we go out. He used to jerk his legs about in his sleep and his body would arch backwards.
Mum has done all sorts of desensitizing stuff with Ben for years and he can now touch grass and dry sand and even put up with paint after a while.
He can walk now at last though he is not very confident. He can spot a label a mile off. He also hates wearing clothes and if he does. He was born very early too and had a brain haemorrhage. He is now an 'active but odd' autistic person instead of the 'locked into his own world' kind of autistic person that he was before. He would love to be able to jump but no way can he do that. We are all on a special diet as I have said. Ben has a lot of trouble understanding what other people are talking about but the difference since the diet is that now he wants to.
He is absolutely unbelievably. These things need to be helped as much as possible because no one can spend his life with his fingers in his ears. Ben has massive problems with his senses. Me and My Family 17 Last of all is Ben. He is so confused most of the time. Ben is also autistic and can be a complete nutter at times. It took over two-and-a-half years for him to learn to sit up. He kind of 'fast walks' with his head lolling to the side.
He goes up to people and licks them or sings 'slim shady' in their face. He is very hard to understand and doesn't talk so well so this is very funny to watch. I have written more about this later on in the book and Ben has changed a lot since then. I feel sorry for him as he wobbles about when he tries to run. He spends so much time with his fingers in his ears and now he can talk better. Everything seems to be extreme with him. All he used to do was line things up and flick his fingers in front of his face.
Rather than explain what each expression means throughout the book. I will make a list of the ones I have used and their meanings in the back. As you can see. It's a good ploy to ensure that you read on. I am very interested in commonly used expressions that seem to make very little sense.
Ones that spring to mind in relation to my family are 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' and 'Many hands make light work'. Geeks and Asperger Syndrome good on the PlayStation.
They are called idioms. So if I write some obscure sentence in the middle of a chapter. So much better than Mum. Although we get on each other's nerves sometimes and often argue. Although I am a teenager and have Asperger Syndrome. That means that she thinks I talk and act as if I am older than I really am. One unusual thing about me is that I have what some people would call a disability but I call a gift. Although people on the autistic spectrum are very different.
Then again it may not. I know there are many books written about Asperger Syndrome and quite a few from people who actually have it. Mum always says I am thirteen going on thirty. Asperger Syndrome AS. I would hope that my book will help people who are younger and older than me and also those who are anywhere on the autistic spectrum.
I am only thirteen so my view on life may be different from an adult. Please read on and I will give you all the tips I can.
The trouble with that analogy is that some people are being rained on a lot harder than others and that doesn't really happen with an umbrella. I am sure that a lot is relevant. There are loads of others that do that. Here's a bit of stuff that explains what AS is. I do like to be helpful and I especially like the idea of helping other kids on the autistic spectrum.
I know this because of my brothers. Take a look at the Further Reading section. I know I am a boy stating the obvious rather here!
Asperger Syndrome comes under the umbrella of autism. Geeks and Asperger Syndrome many similarities in the way we think and perceive the world. That's quite a useful way to think of the autistic spectrum. If there are any teenagers or adolescents reading this. I only know bits about this from what I have read and from personal experience. Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrum 21 It never rains but it pours. AS people reading this.
Some people call it a communication disorder too. Mum told me that she read somewhere that someone compared these problems with an equalizer and all people on the autistic spectrum have different levels for each. Other people's interactions and communications with us somehow get distorted in transit. Anyway here is what other books say about autism and Asperger Syndrome. In some ways I suppose that is accurate because. Apparently for both autism and Asperger Syndrome.
Sorry AS people. Repetitive behaviours. I hate it when people talk like that and here I am doing it myself. The talk of umbrellas reminded me of this expression but it actually has very little to do with autism. I am not sure that any analogy can accurately describe the variety of people who have some kind of autism so I am not going to bother comparing it any more. I just have a 'grasshopper mind'.
These impairments are in communication. The same goes the other way. I am writing a book though! Just try to think of a telephone wire going from us to non-AS people and as the words travel down the wires. AS is usually described as a mild form of autism but. The problems with communication.
I suppose this is true. Some people on the lower end of the autistic spectrum may not talk at all. I like to talk about computers and don't usually realize that others don't want to. Geeks and Asperger Syndrome problem.
I think this is a really good analogy so whoever you are that thought of it. Poor or no eye contact is seen to be a problem with social interaction. These things can be learned to a certain extent I think. Well actually I do. Problems with social interaction can be so. My sisters often tell me stuff like this! I am also told that I have a problem with communication because I do not know when I am boring someone. Apparently I am very pedantic and speak slowly and monotonously.
Ben has real problems with social interaction. Because I have adapted fairly well and. The funny thing is that though we are all varied in our abilities. AS people often find it difficult to mix and can't quite fathom out what they are meant to do when with other people. It is only a problem for those who want to be looked at.
He goes up to strangers and chats to them and tells them our life story and asks all sorts of personal questions and says things which I know that others consider rude. Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrum 23 though I would dispute that.
It's good to know that I am in a group of people like myself. I am fairly intelligent. It's such a break to be sat in a group of people who all know that I do have genuine difficulties. She repeated it again and he said. I wonder if anyone realizes how hard and tiring life is sometimes.
Joe too has a problem with social interaction but certainly not in the way I do. When he is out. In our area the autism team have started an AS social club and we laughed because it seemed such a contradiction in terms. I am just illustrating how these problems with communication and social interaction can be so different from person to person and through all areas of the autistic spectrum. We recently had our feet measured at a shoe shop and when the lady asked Joe a question he ignored her.
Geeks and Asperger Syndrome Repetitive behaviours speak for themselves. Personally it doesn't bother me who flaps and jumps. I am not sure whether I do a good job of this. We are not clones and all have different personalities. I try to find a balance between making an effort to mix with others without standing out too much. A label or a signpost? A lot of people worry about whether it is a good thing to actually give someone's problems a name and I don't mean Bob or Fred!
People often flap their hands or do things that may seem weird to other people. All this stuff is about 'appearing normal' and really no one should ever have to do that.
People differ in the way all these problems affect them and the way they deal with them. I think a lot of. I tend to think of it as a bit like playing with your privates or picking your nose if you excuse me being so blunt. Some people are also far better at 'pretending to be normal' than others and some people prefer not to.
Many doctors and a lot of people seem to think that if someone's difficulties actually have a name. If you are going to do it then don't do it in public.
Of course. By this I mean actually getting a proper diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome or autism or whatever someone has. These are all very satisfying and comforting things to do actually. Even if doctors are being well meaning. Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrum 25 people also think a label is a bad thing and will make others automatically conjure up negative ideas if they hear the word 'autistic'.
After all. If the child you are seeing has one or two boxes of the checklist you are working from still unchecked. When we didn't know and didn't have a diagnosis or weren't told about it it was a million times worse than you can ever imagine. If someone got a job and behaved oddly or could not cope with some things. It is possible that these doctors and therapists may have the person's best interest at heart and think that maybe as they get older people might not want to give them a job if they have a syndrome or a 'disability'.
I will raise my hand and sing out a resounding 'Ay' that means 'yes' in Old English. Hands up those of you reading this who have been called a freak or a geek or a boffin or a nerd? Or any variation on this theme! I am pretty sure that would be the majority of AS kids. I still think that is wrong. Do any of you actually feel freaky on the inside? Disability Acts now mean that employers are not allowed to discriminate against disabled people. Signposts usually point people in the right direction.
I think that all the therapy and support at school is a lot harder to get if a child has no diagnosis. No one wants to have a syndrome and no one wants to tell people that they have got one.
I am one of the lucky ones who got answers to the questions Mum was asking though she didn't tell me! This is not the best way at all. Sarah This is so unfair to everyone. Surely the child must stand a better chance of improving in every way if everyone knows what their problem is and how best to help? Many people can struggle on for years and years without ever getting a diagnosis of anything at all.
Diagnosing someone. These things then go unmentioned and people stay nervous and uncomfortable around someone who is seen to have a disability. The people with the disability learn to keep quiet and struggle on. If the parent is telling a doctor that they think their child has AS or autism. The answer to this is that doctors need to learn in more detail about the Asperger Syndrome and autism and listen to those of us who actually live with it.
Why would any parent want their child to have anything wrong with them? Of course a lot of people will not have heard of AS so cannot possibly suspect that their child or they themselves have it. So here the problem lies. I think what we have here is a Catch situation. Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrum 27 problem is? No checklists could ever cover the subtle ways some problems affect us and a good doctor or therapist must surely be one who realizes that.
Even with much more use of the internet. This is rather like the last episode of Star Trek Voyager. If the doctor doesn't know enough to diagnose properly and the parent or person doesn't know at all. If someone is older then they must be quite sure themselves that there is something different about them and the doctors should listen very carefully. Tony Attwood for one. This episode had a strange twist to it. To me that is rigid thinking on the doctor's part! There are now professionals.
Geeks and Asperger Syndrome the Borg and near the end got herself assimilated by the Borg queen herself.
Luke I would like to think that this circle of silence and lack of understanding could be broken by a few people and then there could be more setting the ball rolling and talking about the real stuff that goes on in the mind of someone with Asperger Syndrome. Then there are adults with AS: Liane Holiday Willey is one. This should help adults. Kenneth Hall is a child who has written about this life and AS and was only ten when he wrote it.
Who was it that said 'No man is an island'? I know that is stating the obvious and of course no man is an island. Reading books and learning lots about it is good I wouldn't bother writing one otherwise. I may not the best person to write a book on how someone with AS thinks.
I did think that. Preconceived ideas are never a good thing. The best advice I would give to parents that have found out that their child has AS is just to accept them as they are. To be on the autistic spectrum is not the same as being on death row. I can't comment too much on that because I am me.
Yours and your child's life may now take a different course than you would have expected. As people get older. Your kid is still your kid regardless of his or her label. Asperger Syndrome and the Autistic Spectrum 29 would hope that my books would help parents and professionals and AS kids all understand better too.
I personally think that a child should be told and the sooner the better. You may think that if the child or person you are seeing has lots of AS traits but you can't fit them neatly into your checklist of criteria.
In fact it doesn't make them not have AS. Please don't think I am being cheeky or telling you your job.
Doctors and professionals who can give a diagnosis. Believe me I know! I know I have said this already but I cannot stress this point enough. It just muddles them up more and makes them and all around them think that they are even more 'freakish' A parent is not likely to tell a child that he or she has AS if the doctors or professionals don't agree.
I suppose there are many reasons for this and parents probably think that sometimes it is in a child's best interest not to tell them. Giving the news A lot of parents find it difficult to tell their child that they have Asperger Syndrome or whatever they may have.
You will not be upsetting or Some parents may just not get round to telling them. Maybe they are always waiting for the right time but. I am just telling it like it is from the inside.
So be one of those few and far between doctors who actually recognize that AS exists in many forms. I think that happens with a lot of people. Thanks to any of you who are taking notice!
I was one of the ones who found out later rather than sooner and it took the arrival of an autistic brother to push Mum into telling me. This is how I found that I had AS and believe me this way is not ideal. Sorry about the cliche! I know loads of families where there is one AS kid and also a younger more severely autistic kid too.
They will be relieved. Doctor Jackson' and ignored her. This place had a children's play area outside with climbing frames and slides and stuff.
But I didn't ignore her. I really don't like the sound of that word. He could sit up though. Of course now I am a cool teenager so all I need to do is stand around and pose.
AS kids. He couldn't walk and giggled hysterically most of the time. He was totally oblivious to the fact that there were children running around him. I actually hate these wood shavings because they get everywhere.
Rachel then came over to Mum and said out of the blue. There were wood shavings on the floor to act as some kind of cushioning in case a child falls.
I am not sure what that entails but it is easier than having to climb and get messy! Mum had asked Rachel to take Ben to play. I don't particularly like places like that either but I usually get forced to 'go and play' so I find some way to occupy myself and please Mum at the same time.
Mum told me later that Julia convinced her that it was unfair to leave me wondering why I was so much like Ben talk about an understatement! There was one confusing thing about this though. This was a very worrying and confusing time for me and to be honest I thought I was going mad. I was very aware of everything about me. So many of Ben's ways were similar to mine when I was young. Still no one mentioned it though! At this time I began to suspect that I had something wrong with me too.
When Ben was a bit older and started to put things in and out of boxes for ages including him and line things up and cling tightly onto a Chinese cookery book for no apparent reason. There were so many similarities though of course he couldn't talk and walk and I could! This was quite an uncomfortable time for me and probably everyone else.
Ben did every single one of these things. Julia Leach. When Ben was having the usual assessment with the educational psychologist.. Rachel said that a long time before she had seen a poster on the wall of the child development centre which said 'Autism is. Even better. As I read through the article my first reaction was relief. I was twelve years old when I read this article. My heart lightened instantly and the constant nagging that accompanied me all my life not my Mum stopped immediately.
I had every single 'symptom' on this checklist. I have Asperger Syndrome. It was not just because I was clumsy or stupid. I had finally found the reason why other people classed me as weird. I am not a freak. The article had a checklist of certain behaviours that were considered to be traits of Asperger Syndrome. It was if I had a weight lifted off my shoulders. It told how many people with Asperger Syndrome had been very successful in their lives.
I first found out I had Asperger Syndrome. It was all about Asperger Syndrome and about how Albert Einstein was supposed to have had it. I felt like charging out into the streets and shouting. I would be in big trouble! Running out into the street is something that I am not allowed to do. I finally knew why I felt different. Although these weren't actually diagnosed. Mum had just plonked it in front of me as if she had done it by accident.
At first I wanted to run out and tell the world. I read it and reread it. She knows that I read everything and anything. One of those people was Bill Gates. A lot of people who don't know that I have Asperger Syndrome say that I am a freak.
When I was asking Mum why she had not told me for such a long. The Oxford Dictionary says that a freak is: What on earth is normal. Come to think of it. Number four is quite strange because later on I will explain how in many autistic people. This of course comes back to the majority ruling.
I like to think of myself as the 'new and improved model' this is a huge compliment to all AS people reading this book! I reckon. I know I am being repetitive but I will emphasize my point again. I reckon some people might even say the opposite. This is an important chapter for parents to read because I can't stress enough how bugged I was to 'discover' my AS at least five years after I was actually diagnosed.
Mum could have saved me a lot of years of worry because I always knew I was different. I suppose that is because I am not your average child. I will elaborate a bit more about this. A 'freak'. I have explained about that earlier. As I have mentioned and will go into more detail about later. The first thing I wanted was proof. There are many different therapies for AS and autism and some help some people and some help others. To cure someone of AS would be to take away their personality and some really cool abilities too.
Geeks and Asperger Syndrome time about AS. If you have already been diagnosed. You may have these things just to check you have nothing else. This is not to cure AS or autism. For those of us that have learned to accept our differences this is a very good thing. The next thing I wanted to know was if there is a cure. After I had been told about AS.
Where could I get to get a blood test? Who was it that decided I had AS and how did they know?
The answer to the first one is that there is no blood test. Kenneth Hall wrote his book Asperger Syndrome. The important thing is that you know and accept for yourself that you are different. I think this was very stupid! I do wonder whether she thought I would grow out of it too. If the child gets taken to see doctors and other people and the parents talk in whispered conversations about them and tell the child nothing. This is a form of therapy where you work for rewards for positive behaviour.
These aren't looking for cures. From a clinical standpoint, this book offers a rich source of valuable information that helps illustrate the thinking and feeling processes of an individual on the autistic spectrum.
In his candid and often humorous style, the author worked through a number of important issues that included bullying, conversational approaches, and socializing. The author also touched on a number of issues that many will find somewhat contentious including a strong endorsement for a gluten and casein free diet.
It is clear that the author received considerable assistance to write this book, however, it does read as though written by a teen.
The writing style is quick and somewhat quirky with a number of jokes, drawings, and pictures that should appeal to the younger reader. This book is a useful addition to any clinical library and is one that can be given to families and teens for a quick read on the topic.
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