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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399533974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Adults with Asperger's Syndrome and others who think they might be Asperger's will greatly benefit from this book." --Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation " Asperger's from the Inside-Out is refreshing, concise, systematic and to the point. It spans the history of ASD diagnosis, the identity crises involved in diagnosis . . . It explores positive versus negative takes on ASD and their consequences, the resonating impact of a diagnosis on other family members but, more so, gives spiritual guidance about more or less healthy ways of managing all these things and the consequences that choices have for each individual. Beautifully alive with quotes from a broad range of voices with ASD, this is a helpful addition to the world of autism-related literature." --Donna Williams, author of Nobody Nowhere and The Jumbled Jigsaw "Michael John Carley is an articulate and passionate advocate for people with Asperger's Syndrome. His engaging book offers a thoughtful and creative roadmap for people with Aspergers and their loved ones." --Mark Roithmayr, President, Autism Speaks "Michael Carley is unique in his ability to combine and integrate his experiences with conclusions and insights that are remarkable and powerful. His unique ability to integrate, conceptualize, compare and contrast at such a high level is what makes his work stand out." --Gary Mesibov, Ph.D., Director, Division TEACCH, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "A wonderfully candid and encouraging book about navigating the world of Asperger's Syndrome. I recommend it to everyone, on or off the spectrum, who believes in creating a more tolerant and inclusive society." --Sigourney Weaver, actress "Michael John Carley is not only a successful leader in the AS community, he has proven himself to be a gifted writer. EVERYONE who is involved with the Asperger Syndrome Community, their family, friends, and the professionals who help them MUST read this book!" -- Susan J. Moreno, M.A., A.B.S., President, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome "It's a new day for adults with Asperger's! Michael John Carley offers reflective, penetrating and exquisitely expressed personal descriptions of the inner and outer challenges faced by people with AS. The person with AS will find a family, a community of like-minded individuals and a guide for dealing with a world that is often ill-suited to AS thinking. The rest of us find threads of commonality that indicate, again and again, that there is more that unites, than divides us all." -Veronica Zysk, Author & Managing Editor, Autism Asperger's Digest magazine "For years, Michael John Carley has supported his colleagues on the spectrum through GRASP. With this excellent book, Michael John will now be able to provide much needed support to thousands more. This highly informative book provides tremendous insight on a broad range of topics for those both on the spectrum and for those supporting individuals on the spectrum. This is something that should be read by all. " --Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism "Michael has written a wonderful book that will serve as an invaluable resource to us all. This must-read provides a perspective that is essential." -Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., University of Kansas "This book fills a special niche for individuals on the spectrum and others as well. It addresses many topics important to those on the spectrum and in a way that helps with the struggle of what such a diagnosis means. This book is a fantastic resource for recently diagnosed adolescents and adults, as well as for family members and professionals." --Lynda Geller, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Asperger Institute, New York University Child Study Center "Well-written, positive, yet never preachy, this practical book realistically describes what if feels like to be an adult with AS. It is highly recommended not only to adults on the spectrum and their family members, but to anyone who works with people on the spectrum. Neurotypical or Aspie, there is much to learn in these pages." --Chantal Sicile-Kira, author of Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Customer Reviews

It is very practical as well as extremely informative, comprehensive and easy to read.
Serafina M.
If I were to recommend one book to adults who have just received their initial diagnosis of Asperger's, it would be this one.
Nicolas W. Dubin
Carley's firsthand experiences and the experiences shared by others provide insight and understanding.
Dee

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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful By A. Keating on April 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book's primary audience is for adults living with Asperger's. In a field dominated by books on Asperger's and autism in children, it is often hard to find books that focus primarly on adult issues and concerns. If you buy only one book on the subject of diagnosis, coping and life with Asperger's, this is the book to get. Written by Carley, who was diagnosed with Asperger's as an adult, this book is like sitting down and chatting with a witty, intellegent friend who has experienced the ups and downs associated with knowing one is different, finally being diagnosed and living with the diagnosis. This well-written, readable book is filled with information, advice and most refreshing of all, an overall positive attitude about Asperger's. While the primary audience is adults with Asperger's this book is equally valuable for parents, family and friends of people with Asperger's. As someone living with Asperger's I can't recommend this book enough, it reflects my experience and is filled with practical insights and advice.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas W. Dubin on April 16, 2008
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If I were to recommend one book to adults who have just received their initial diagnosis of Asperger's, it would be this one. There are a myriad of books written by adult self-advocates for an Asperger-Autistic audience and many of them are excellent, but Michael's is in my opinion the most comprehensive, accessible and the best. He covers almost every issue imaginable that our population faces and does it with authority and empathy. If you've ever wanted to look back on your life and make sense of it within an Asperger framework, this book will help you accomplish that. While Michael is extremely empathetic to our (people with Asperger's) hardships in life, I believe the greatest gift this book has to offer is that he teaches us strategies for letting go of our pain. That, in and of itself, is worth the price of the book, a hundredfold. Highly recommended!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alison Young on July 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
To "walk your own walk" is a theme in this book, and it's a concept I have found very helpful to me as I have struggled through the shift from self-diagnosis to professional diagnosis. Carley is a well-educated, well-written, thoughtful advocate and the leader of GRASP, a worldwide Asperger's support group on the internet, with many local chapters and meetings. He speaks primarily to an audience of adults on the spectrum, but also their loved ones and supports.

To walk your own walk means to find what is true for you, about you, in your past, present, and future, and learn how to live with these truths. Carley provides coping strategies that have worked for him and others in GRASP, with the caveats that no two people are alike--there are no hard and fast rules of autism that we can all assume will work (which goes against our very natures). He explains, in concrete examples most of the time, how Asperger's effects his life and allows the reader to extrapolate.

I would very strongly reccomend this book to any adult or young adult who is on the spectrum, suspects they might be, or their family or friends. It was the first book about Asperger's that made me feel empowered.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Marlin Keesler on October 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Let's begin with a previous reviewers words (Nicolas Dubin): "I believe the greatest gift this book has to offer is that he teaches us strategies for letting go of our pain. That, in and of itself, is worth the price of the book."
This is an absolutely perfect summarization that demonstrates one element of the exceptional character of the author. Early on Carley states that diagnosis "provides the first realistic chance at a change for the better." He consistently backs this statement up throughout his narrative. The reader will gain greater insight and better understanding of the pains an individual on the spectrum endures. You will also obtain a wealth of knowledge specific to the characteristics of Asperger's syndrome as Carley shares his personal experiences and references the works of several other very qualified authors.
As intended, this work is ideal for adults on the spectrum. However, it would be equally beneficial to any individual who is a family member, friend, or has some association with an autistic person. This world is already a better place because of Michael John Carley.
From a dad with two children on the spectrum.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By S. Stoessel on June 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's a great book- John Carley is an excellent storyteller. But that's all that is... just stories. It explains the habits and reasoning of people with Asperger's through anecdotes. This is charming and effective- but to call it "A Supportive and Practical Guide for Anyone with Asperger's Syndrome" would not be an accurate description of this book. *This book is not a practical guide.* It does not suggest ways to navigate the social world, for example, but it does explain very well (and positively) why our ability to do so is impaired. It had me saying "Yeah, that's me... now what should I do about that?" frequently. But it does offer excellent means of identification of yourself/other people with Asperger's- not that you need it if you already bought this book.
This title also says "For anyone with Asperger's syndrome". This book was written for adults who were diagnosed above the age of 40. I would not buy it if in any other situation, but make that out to be what you will.
Overall, it really depends what your looking for; this book doesn't offer anything groundbreaking about Asperger's. Like I explained before, it does not offer advice or a practical guide. I'd recommend it to family of people with Asperger's- maybe it can help explain our sometimes inexplicable quirks, and not to mention make the spectrum concept make sense.
-A teenager with AS.
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