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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley (21 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849059640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849059640
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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'A truly marvelous book filled with practical help and solutions. This will be of great value to individuals with Asperger's and their family members!' - Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., Irving B. Harris Professor, Director of Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine, Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital, and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 'Clear, concise, well-structured, and an easy read, Been There. Done That. Try This! is an accessible compendium of wisdom from Aspie forebears and the dedicated bridgekeepers who have empowered them. Non-preachy, warm, often funny, the host of positive role models offer up a vast range of healthy choices for a new generation. This collection addresses all the major issues facing Aspies today and is the long-awaited instruction manual gifting future generations of Aspies with the ideas, strategies, and understanding that will empower them in their own diverse journeys.' - Donna Williams, author, artist, autism consultant, and public speaker 'The voices speaking in Been There. Done That. Try This! are the salve to heal the wounds of the aching soul, ending isolation while shining the light of introspective understanding to people with autism, by people with autism. It's lovely to see our voices as the experts while others who care so greatly for us serve the authors in a consultative role - as it should be.' - Dena L. Gassner, MSW, Program Director of Center for Understanding, Board Member of GRASP, and Advisory Board Member of Autism Society of America 'Under the auspices of the venerable Asperger's expert Dr. Tony Attwood, leading self-advocate Anita Lesko, and "community organizer" Craig Evans comes a full chorus of voices from the autism spectrum: young, old, male, female, and global. Together, these self-advocates offer perspectives, life stories, and advice for not only living, but thriving in an often inhospitable world. Been There. Done That. Try This! addresses every major stressor in the life of a young adult with Asperger's, from the personal to the interpersonal, from schools to offices, from trying to "pass" to disclosing a diagnosis. Each issue has its essayists' anecdotal advice matched with Dr. Attwood's professional insight, rounding out a comprehensive approach to meeting and defeating the challenges we face.' - Daniel Heinlein, Host of I Am Autistic, The Autism Channel 'Resonating profoundly with my own difficulties, the Aspie mentors within this book validate our challenges from their personal experiences. By giving positive practical advice, the Aspie mentors better equip us for many aspects of our everyday living. This is an outstanding guide that every Aspie should own!' --Barb Cook, Editor-in-Chief of Autism Aspergers Network Magazine and co-founder of Australian Autism Aspergers Network Inc

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A truly marvelous book filled with practical help and solutions. This will be of great value to individuals with Asperger's and their family members! (Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., Irving B. Harris Professor, Director of Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine, Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital, and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders)

Clear, concise, well-structured, and an easy read, Been There. Done That. Try This! is an accessible compendium of wisdom from Aspie forebears and the dedicated bridgekeepers who have empowered them. Non-preachy, warm, often funny, the host of positive role models offer up a vast range of healthy choices for a new generation. This collection addresses all the major issues facing Aspies today and is the long-awaited instruction manual gifting future generations of Aspies with the ideas, strategies, and understanding that will empower them in their own diverse journeys. (Donna Williams, author, artist, autism consultant, and public speaker)

The voices speaking in Been There. Done That. Try This! are the salve to heal the wounds of the aching soul, ending isolation while shining the light of introspective understanding to people with autism, by people with autism. It's lovely to see our voices as the experts while others who care so greatly for us serve the authors in a consultative role - as it should be. (Dena L. Gassner, MSW, Program Director of Center for Understanding, Board Member of GRASP, and Advisory Board Member of Autism Society of America)

Under the auspices of the venerable Asperger's expert Dr. Tony Attwood, leading self-advocate Anita Lesko, and "community organizer" Craig Evans comes a full chorus of voices from the autism spectrum: young, old, male, female, and global. Together, these self-advocates offer perspectives, life stories, and advice for not only living, but thriving in an often inhospitable world. Been There. Done That. Try This! addresses every major stressor in the life of a young adult with Asperger's, from the personal to the interpersonal, from schools to offices, from trying to "pass" to disclosing a diagnosis. Each issue has its essayists' anecdotal advice matched with Dr. Attwood's professional insight, rounding out a comprehensive approach to meeting and defeating the challenges we face. (Daniel Heinlein, Host of I Am Autistic, The Autism Channel)

Resonating profoundly with my own difficulties, the Aspie mentors within this book validate our challenges from their personal experiences. By giving positive practical advice, the Aspie mentors better equip us for many aspects of our everyday living. This is an outstanding guide that every Aspie should own! (Barb Cook, Editor-in-Chief of Autism Aspergers Network Magazine and co-founder of Australian Autism Aspergers Network Inc.)

The title of this book is appealing in that it suggests that it will contain many practical strategies for those with an interest in Asperger syndrome (Aspies) or those termed high functioning autism... Each of the 17 chapters deals with an issue ranked as one of the 17th most common for those with autism or Asperger syndrome. The topics range from anxiety, self-esteem, managing change, meltdowns, depression, sensory issues, friendship, intimate relationships, to employment and diagnostic issues and disclosure... The book is full of practical ideas and activities. (Dr Glenys Jones, Chartered Psychologist Good Autism Practice (GAP))

I was impressed by the range and depth of the material making this a great resource for clinicians, as well as for adults with ASD and their friends, partners and relatives... The contributors are a brilliant, insightful group of people who provide rich, unique ideas on how to navigate the tricky waters of life, despite having a highly complex, little-understood neurological condition. I was blown away by this book and just couldn't put it down! Every adult with what used to be called Asperger Syndrome of High-Functioning Autism (AS/HFA) should include this on their reading list! (Horizons - Autism Society of Michigan Quarterly Newsletter)

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I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome / Hugh Functioning Autism at the age of 33

Seeing the differences that make me so much like others rather than what separates me from connecting has been a big help :)

this book has been an aid is this.

Unlike most other books it has a community feel, there are many peoples experiences voiced by themselves within each of the single topic chapters.

The approach seems to be that of sharing community advice and experiences with the aim of helping others

at the start of many topics there is the result of a questionnaire showing graphically a

"ranking of issue by stress caused"

and the

"percent of respondents living with the issue"

this I find really helpful as while I have much in common with others on the spectrum I am also aware that I am not a carbon copy. Having this information easily presented has given me something I may not otherwise have learned.

within the book is also some artwork expressing what the feeling can look like -- this was gathered by a video appeal, for those on the spectrum to submit pieces of art on a chapter topic to show what the stress or situation looks like.

I am very visual in how I 'view' what I feel within myself and how I work on and with that.
seeing how others view the feelings brought about by experiences does speak more cleanly to me than having many words.

I have found it very much easier to communicate when I get asked an informed question about a specific topic/issue – this lets me explain rather than being deluged with starting points for a conversation. I am not a mind reader the concept alone of picking how to explain my self to another self is really challenging.
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It's a well composed book and very interesting. I use it just to dip in and out of as situations arise.
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Not necessarily a go back to book but does have different perspectives in it
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An interesting read ... helped me understand some issues I had with my partner
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Has a few useful bits regarding Asperger's but not as informative as I had expected .
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Very informative guide giving advice from a number of adults about how they coped with different difficulties. good for helping neuro typicals understand a little better what its like for aspies. i like that it shows aspies can achieve career wise and provides positive role models.
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This was surprisingly uninspiring and unhelpful considering the contributors. It held little practical information, and indeed seemed filled with rather patronising and simplistic 'advice'. Essentially, it was just a series of personal short accounts surrounding various themes. Interesting to read about someone else's challenges and experiences, but little actually helpful beyond vicarious entertainment.

I would counter that this book would actually be more useful to Asperger's / ASC teens, rather than adults. If you're a later-diagnosed ('high functioning') adult, I'm afraid you wont find much by way of practical real-life advice here... hence only two stars.
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This book is very useful for any Aspie and possibly for NT's as well. Something like twenty five successful Aspies share their experience of seventeen issues of real concern to all of us and give details of how they deal with them. These issues include anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem etc. One chapter is dedicated to each topic and Tony Attwood rounds off each one, with his own advice on what to do and he also points out some of the poor choices we need to avoid.
I have had this book for ten days or so so it is still early days for me but I am getting useful ideas and tips each time I read a chapter, even in one where I thought I knew myself very well.
This book isn't just theory but very practical, I expect it to have a beneficial effect for me. As the title suggests "Try this".
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