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Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence Paperback – 15 Aug 2002

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1st Edition edition (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 (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,111 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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A remarkable book from a unique boy! (My Weekly)

an excellent book (The Guardian)

Compelling reading…Luke has written a book that's intelligent, articulate, sensitive and funny. (The Big Issue)

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome allows the reader a glimpse into the fascinating but frustrating world of an intelligent and capable adolescent and leaves us with some understanding of his philosophy of life. 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. (Newsmonth)

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome is a cool, confident work that belies the author's youth. The experts reckon that Luke has a reading age of 18-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. (Times Educational Supplement)

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)

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome not only aims to help other youngsters live with this challenging and often misunderstood condition, but “will change attitudes and replace bleak despair with insight and laughter”, according to expert Tony Attwood. (Sesame)

His style of writing is incredibly accessible, especially considering his age. 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. (British Journal of Healthcare Assistants)

I have two autistic sons and have read many books on the subject; this is one of the most useful. 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. (Daily Telegraph)

I like Jackson's advice. 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: to remind himself, his peers and professionals that 'different is cool', and by-the-by that our normal world is pretty weird anyway. 'When is an obsession not an obsession?' 'When it's about football'. (Educare News)

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)

In this terrific book that is sure to inspire other adolescents with the same condition, 13 year old Jackson offers teenager's perspective on what it's like to live with Asperger's. (Library Journal)

Jackson has a conversational, yet confiding, authorial style. He provides an insight into the internal world of people with Asperger Syndrome. They are not “freaks” but fascinating individuals, who examine life from a different perspective. They are subject to the same hopes and feelings as the rest of us, but find it difficult to learn our “social” ropes. Jackson's admirable effort to tell it how it is has left me gratefully enlightened. (BMJ Publishing Group)

'Luke is a star. 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'. (Asperger Information.net)

'the title grabs you- upfront and no deference to the niceties of political correctness. The author, Luke Jackson, is 13-years-old and has Asperger's Syndrome (AS). His style of writing is jokey and engaging. His motive for writing the book was the lack of relevant publications for adolescents. The book also addresses parents, carers and professionals who, though aware of the autistic spectrum, do not necessarily understand it. The author provides a good account of the variability of autism and emphasises the importance of having the appropriate label. His arguments shame those professionals who refuse to do this…An excellent and informative book. (Bulletin)

This book is a must for those young people diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome, those who think that they may have it, their parents and teachers. The Special Needs department in every school needs to have a copy both for the students and the staff to read. It is brilliant to have such a book written by someone on the inside. The insights are all the more illuminating for us on the outside. (Metapyschology Online Book reviews)

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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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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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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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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I have an autistic son and I have found Luke's book and excellent introduction for family and friend's who want to know more about the problems my son faces and how life is for him. Luke is a talented young writer and the book is a pleasure to read, and funny as well.
"maurice" indeed needs to revise his opinions. My son follows a gluten free diet and the fact that he is given casein has never caused any problems within the support group network. I found the lists of groups provided at the back of the book to be helpful (and freely available elsewhere).
I would highly recommend this book as an introduction to autism and I believe it should be read by *all* school teachers given the increasing numbers of autistic children entering the mainstream school system.
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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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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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