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Wendy Lawson

Dr Wendy Lawson, a psychologist, qualified counsellor and social worker has operated her own private practice for many years. Wendy was awarded fourth place as ‘Victorian Australian of the year' in 2008. Originally diagnosed as being intellectually disabled, then in her teens as being schizophrenic, and finally in 1994, Wendy was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. The mother of four children, Wendy has been married, separated and divorced, has experienced the death of one of her teenage sons, lost friends and status due to being openly gay, faced ill health and recently is coming to terms with the fact that she is aging! Wendy's youngest son is also on the autism spectrum.

JKP publications by Wendy Lawson

  1.  Autism All-Stars

    Autism All-Stars

    How We Use Our Autism and Asperger Traits to Shine in Life

    Edited by Josie Santomauro

    `Contributors from across the world share their experiences of creating a successful life on the autism spectrum. The positive and inspiring voices in this book explain how it is possible to draw on autistic strengths not just to make your way in the world, overcoming challenges and obstacles, but also to make your life a real success. Learn More
    2011, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 192pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-188-8
    2011, Ebook, ePUB, 192pp, £12.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-600-4
  2. The Passionate Mind

    The Passionate Mind

    How People with Autism Learn

    Wendy Lawson, illustrated by Lisa Simone

    Lawson lays out her theory of Single Attention and Associated Cognition in Autism. Whereas neurotypical people easily shift their attention from one interest to another, those on the autism spectrum tend to focus on a single theme. When this learning style is understood individuals on the autism spectrum can achieve their full potential. Learn More
    2010, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 224pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84905-121-7
    2011, Ebook, ePUB, 224pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-0-85700-313-3
  3.  Life & Learning with Autistic Spectrum Diffability

    Life & Learning with Autistic Spectrum Diffability

    Wendy Lawson

    This DVD comprises Wendy's full 2.5-hour presentation, during which she explains the workings of the autistic mind from her own insightful and often jocular perspective. This fascinating workshop will be of great benefit to parents and professionals, as well as providing an inspirational resource for people on the spectrum themselves. Learn More
    2008, DVD video, 7.48in x 5.31in / 190mm x 135mm, 154 minutes, £63.60
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-956-3
  4.  Concepts of Normality

    Concepts of Normality

    The Autistic and Typical Spectrum

    Wendy Lawson

    Lawson outlines the theory behind the thinking and beliefs of Western society that have led to the building of a culture that fails to be inclusive. She describes what a wider concept of 'normal' means and how to access it, whether it's in social interaction, friendships, feelings, thoughts and desires or various other aspects of 'normality' Learn More
    2008, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 160pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-604-3
    2008, Ebook, PDF, 160pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-829-6
  5.  Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships

    Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships

    Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome

    Edited by Genevieve Edmonds and Luke Beardon

    Social interaction among neurotypical people is complex and in many ways illogical. To the person with Asperger Syndrome it is also woefully unintuitive. In this book, adults with AS discuss social relationships, offer support for others with AS and provide necessary insights into AS perspectives for those working and interacting with them. Learn More
    2008, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 176pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-647-0
    2008, Ebook, ePUB, 176pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-777-0
  6.  Friendships

    Friendships

    The Aspie Way

    Wendy Lawson

    Wendy Lawson felt she had a knack for upsetting people and was surprised to be told that she 'did friendship rather well'. In her frank and thoughtful analysis of what makes and breaks friendships, she explores what it means to have friends or be a friend. Her ideas are accompanied by practical examples, poetry and stories. Learn More
    2006, Paperback / softback, 8.50in x 5.43in / 216mm x 138mm, 176pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-427-8
    2006, Ebook, ePUB, 176pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-524-0
  7.  ASPoetry

    ASPoetry

    Illustrated poems from an Aspie Life

    Wendy Lawson, illustrated by Alice Blaes Calder

    In this illustrated collection of poems and short prose pieces, including some from her teenage years, Wendy engages with her past and present, writing about childhood, self-discovery, adulthood and friendship. Her poetry also conveys the challenges presented by divorce, bereavement, emigration, disclosing homosexuality and Asperger's Syndrome. Learn More
    2006, Paperback / softback, 8.50in x 5.43in / 216mm x 138mm, 128pp, £11.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-418-6
    2006, Ebook, PDF, 128pp, £11.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-470-0
  8.  Coming Out Asperger

    Coming Out Asperger

    Diagnosis, Disclosure and Self-Confidence

    Edited by Dinah Murray

    This book explores the complexity of diagnosis for Asperger Syndrome, the drawbacks and benefits of disclosing a "hidden disability," and how this impinges on self-esteem. The contributors include some of the best-known and most exciting writers in the field of AS today, and include individuals on the autism spectrum, parents and professionals. Learn More
    2005, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 280pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-240-3
    2005, Ebook, ePUB, 280pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-450-2
  9.  Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum

    Sex, Sexuality and the Autism Spectrum

    Wendy Lawson

    Written by an 'insider', an openly gay autistic adult, Wendy draws upon her own experience to examine the implications of being autistic on relationships, sex and sexuality. Discussing subjects such as basic sex education and autism, she then explores interpersonal relationships, same sex attraction, bisexuality and transgender issues. Learn More
    2004, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 176pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-284-7
    2004, Ebook, ePUB, 176pp, £13.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-112-9
  10.  Build Your Own Life

    Build Your Own Life

    A Self-Help Guide For Individuals With Asperger Syndrome

    Wendy Lawson

    Lawson guides others on the autism spectrum through the confusing map of life, tackling the building bricks of social existence one by one with humour, insight and practical suggestions. Exploring what it is like to be an adult in an alien world, she talks about how we relate to the people in our lives. Learn More
    2003, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 176pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-114-7
    2003, Ebook, ePUB, 176pp, £14.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-386-4
  11.  Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism

    Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism

    An Insider's View

    Wendy Lawson

    To many of the people the processes by which those with autism make sense of the world around them may seem mysterious. In this book Lawson demonstrates these processes using comparisons from the non-ASD world to help professionals, families and carers to relate to and communicate with people with ASD better. Learn More
    2001, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 224pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-85302-971-4
    2001, Ebook, ePUB, 224pp, £15.99
    ISBN: 978-1-84642-229-4
  12.  Case Studies in Non-directive Play Therapy

    Case Studies in Non-directive Play Therapy

    Virginia Ryan and Kate Wilson

    The case studies in this book provide a detailed account of play therapy undertaken with children and an adolescent, all of whom experienced emotional problems and/or varying forms of abuse. Through the narrative form of the case studies, details of their therapeutic progress is given, which then informs discussion of wider issues. Learn More
    2000, Paperback / softback, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 256pp, £25.00
    ISBN: 978-1-85302-912-7
  13.  Life Behind Glass

    Life Behind Glass

    A Personal Account of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Wendy Lawson

    Wendy Lawson has an autism spectrum disorder. She is now a mother of four with two university degrees; she is a social worker and adult educator, and operates her own business. She is also a poet and a writer, sharing her understanding of autism with others to help 'build a bridge…from my world to theirs'. Life Behind Glass is part of that bridge. Learn More
    2000, 8.50in x 5.43in / 216mm x 138mm, 128pp