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 Sex, Drugs and Asperger's Syndrome (ASD)

Sex, Drugs and Asperger's Syndrome (ASD)

A User Guide to Adulthood

Luke Jackson, Foreword by Tony Attwood

Quick Overview

Luke Jackson serves up a sparkling guide to young adulthood on the autism spectrum in this sequel to his best-selling Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome. Offering personal insights, he covers everything from bullying and drugs to finding a job, navigating relationships, and sex. A must read for all young adults with autism.
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Hardback
2016, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-645-8
£16.99
Ebook
2016, ePUB, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-139-6
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£9.99

Description

Luke Jackson's unabridged and sparkling sequel to his best-selling user guide to adolescence Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome is the must-read handbook for teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum. With devastating clarity, Luke focuses on the pitfalls involved in navigating the transition to adulthood, and the challenges of adult life. He covers everything from bullying and drugs to socialising, sex, negotiating relationships, and finding and keeping your first job.

Reviews

'Sex, Drugs and Asperger's Syndrome is one of my favorite books this year. Luke Jackson provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of many relevant issues regarding both Asperger's Syndrome as well as autism in general. This includes employment, bullying, sexuality, relationships, and much more. The autism community and society as a whole will benefit greatly from these much needed discussions.'
- Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Autism Research Institute (autism.com), San Diego, California

'With wisdom beyond his years and the mastery of an expressionist artist, Luke guides the reader through the rocky shoals of successful transition from adolescence to adulthood as a person on the autism spectrum. A straightforward, honest must read for anyone seeking greater understanding of the coming of age of the human soul, autistic or otherwise.'
- Stephen Mark Shore, Ed.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University

'This is a brilliant book. Luke writes beautifully, engagingly and with wisdom. There is nothing he shirks, it is all there, all the drugs, all the pitfalls of relationships, all the social gaffes and mistakes, all described with humour and without judgement.'
- Jude Ragan

'Reading Sex, Drugs and Asperger's Syndrome feels like having a conversation with an older brother or cousin. He advises without preaching, explains without boring and throws in enough jokes to make the entire reading experience thoroughly enjoyable... From bullying to drugs, employment to nights out, and mental health to sex, it includes the entire spectrum of life without judgement, leaving no stone unturned and rendering no subject taboo... Powerful, honest, funny and friendly, Sex, Drugs and Asperger's Syndrome is a must-read'
- Penny Gotch

'Jackson wrote Freaks, Geeks and Asperger ­Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence at age 13. Now he returns at age 26 to share all that he has learned, both the good and the challenging, about becoming an adult, living with Asperger's, and finding his place in the world. With candid humor, the author shares his experiences in becoming an adult and what that means to him. He explores the difficulties he and many others with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) deal with, such as finding work, social scenes, bullying, drug use, sexual relationships, and friendships. A consistent message throughout is the acceptance of differences in yourself and others. Jackson encourages those on the spectrum to embrace and own those qualities that make them unique and to use them to their advantage. VERDICT Jackson's personal and brutally honest take on being an adult with ASD is eye-opening and refreshing. A valuable read for teens and adults with ASD as well as parents, siblings, employers, teachers, caregivers, friends, and partners of those on the spectrum. Jackson's view that ­acceptance of oneself is the first hurdle; welcoming others is key as well'
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Authors

By (author): Luke Jackson
Foreword by: Tony Attwood