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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (15 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843100983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843100980
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome is one of those books I feel should be compulsory reading for everyone... His style is light and chirpy with a very positive view of autism: I have what some people would call a disability but I call a gift . 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. --Inclusion Now

I would recommend this book not only to AS adolescents and anybody associated with them but also to the public at large so that we may, through understanding Asperger syndrome better, become more tolerant and respectful of differences and also better equipped to meet their needs. --Home Education Advisory Service Bulletin

This is a remarkable publication. It is written by a person diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, and provides the reader with an insightful guide into the experiences and challenges during the difficult but profoundly important teenage years. Any and all staff, and managers, who are involved with clients with autistic spectrum disorders should gain a great deal from reading this first hand account of fascinations and fixations, language and learning, school, friendships, dating, bullying and morals… --Care and Health Magazine

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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 JKP.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. H. Jackson on 9 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
As an individual with Asperger's syndrome, I thought that it portrayed Asperger's syndrome perfectly, I could relate to almost all of it. The humour worked really well, because AS is normally portrayed really negatively. So, in summary, it made me laugh, cry, and realise that having AS isn't such a bad thing after all.

So, if Luke Jackson ever reads this, then very well done! I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it!!!

Jennifer Jackson
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2005
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I have a teenage son who was diagnosed last year with Mixed Developmental Disorder, including ASD/AS. I borrowed this book in the hope that he would read it and understand a little about his condition. Obviously I myself am trying to learn and understand 'what makes him tick'and bagan to read it before him. Sentence after sentence, page after page it appeared that Luke (the books author and subject)and my son could be the same person and my son could indeed have written this book himself. My son, being sceptical of having this condition at first refused to read it, but after becoming agitated with me reading out the many parallels to his own life, took the book from my hands stating that he was going to find a page where something would prove that he indeed was different from Luke and did not have this condition. After dipping into the book randomly for 20 minutes trying to find something that would prove the professionals, myself and everyone else wrong he admitted defeat. Every sentence/ paragraph he had attempted to read out to me further added to the evidence against his own beliefs. It has challenged his own perceptions of himself and whilst he is still outwardly in denial about his condition there is no doubt that this book has had a great impact on him and he is definately more willing to find out more. To this end, the book has been a complete success, it has broken through a barrier of denial that for a long time has seemed impossible to penetrate. It doesn't offer any 'fixes' and I think Mothers will find this book more helpful than Fathers insofar as women very often need 'insight' and men very often need to find a solution. This book is definately now on my wish list.Read more ›
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By UK mum on 17 Sept. 2003
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I have twins too. one with Aspergere's Syndrome and ADHD combined and the other with a different learning disabilities but with Aspie tendencies. my son is also on a special diet as well as medication as he is slowly being weaned down. He does not follow the GFCF diet but his diet is specialised to his needs and more towards his ADHD. Your book Luke, touched my heart. I have been there (and still am!)but I did not know what life was like behind some of my son's closed doors and you helped me to see that by sharing your life and your family's. You are all stars and i salute you all. The diets are so difficult at times and you made me laugh and cry over it all. My son laughed at your brother with ADHD going real quiet on the diet and wanting to get in the kitchen. he laughed cos he did this too, he laughed WITH him not at him :O) I havent seen the programme yet but I am looking forward to it on video here.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. Browne on 29 July 2006
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As a parent of a 5 year old boy who comes in the 'complex disorders' category; maybe AS, maybe ASD, maybe ADD/HD, maybe OCD... the list goes on, I found this book very heart warming and useful. Luke describes many traits that my son has, and advises how to deal with/ adjust to and understand these behaviours and unique ways of seeing and interpreting the world. I was so happy to gain these insights and to 'hear' Luke, brimming with intelligence and enthusiasm for his mission of enlightening us all, refer to his own experiences and slant on things.

Positive and uplifting. Highly recommended for parents, and also of course teachers and AS people amongst others (saving this for my son when he's old enough to read it).

Thanks Luke :)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Langdon Ulder on 11 May 2008
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Im 15 years old and I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome (AS) last year and reading this book has changed my life. Before I was told I had AS, I was always picked on for being different and sometimes I was so depressed and felt so alone, I wouldn't get out of bed for days. When I was diagnosed, I was told to read this book by a family friend and in doing so, my life changed. Luke Jackson, the author of the book writes about the everyday struggles that AS sufferers have to deal with, and after I finished the book, i thought 'Im not alone, there are other people who know what im going through'. Now I have turned my life around and I am looking foward to my future. Luke Jackson, i just want to say 'Thank You' for making me realise that im not a freak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mum on 8 April 2009
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This book is a must for anyone who knows someone who is autisic. It gives a really insight to the thoughts and feelings of people who have autisim.
It is very well written I think everyone should have a copy. It would be helpful if all the teachers in the schools and everyone generally read this book. It would help people to see beyond the label of AUTISTIC. I am going to give a copy to my little boys school maybe then they will see the little boy who just happens to be autistic and not the autistic boy!
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