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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (August 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843100983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843100980
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Luke Jackson give unique insight into living with Asperger Syndrome.
K. Conway
After reading this book he now knows there are others out there like him and he understands why he does things differently.
John R. Hewitt
This book is a must read for educators, parents, professionals, kids (and adults) with aspergers.
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135 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Lars E. Perner on August 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
Luke Jackson draws on his experience as a teenager with Asperger's Syndrome to present a perspective on AS. The book provides a great deal of practical advice for teenagers on the spectrum and those who interact with them. In addition--and perhaps most importantly--the book provides a very well organized and comprehensive view of the condition from the "inside," taking a great step to making what perplexes those on the "outside" understandable. One very nice feature of the book is that the writer recognizes the significance of individual differences in the way AS is manifested in different people. As a special bonus, the book is sprinkled with a delightful sense of humor of a quality with which few people outside the spectrum are endowed.
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Luker on August 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Until now, there has never been a book about Asperger's Syndrome by a teenage with AS specifically FOR teens with AS. But Luke Jackson, a thirteen-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome from England, comes to the rescue with his cool new book, Freaks, Geeks and Asperger's Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence. Like a breath of fresh air, he writes in a breezy, witty, easy-to-understand style, to reassure teenagers that having AS (or High-Functioning autism).
First, he introduces the reader to his family, then goes on to introduce himself, including his obsessions (the big one being computers, of course!), the things that he has collected, such as pencils and then he talks about the ways he accommodates his sensory problems. One of the most ingenious is to use a balaclava, to provide the deep pressure that he needs to shut out extraneous noise and other stimuli. He goes into the minutest detail about the difficulties he experiences in school, including the literal interpretation of what he hears from the teacher, bullying, the problems involved with homework.
One of the minefields that is socializing and figuring out the subtle nuances in Freaks, Geeks and Asperger's Syndrome is the one on dating. In this chapter, Luke gives important tips on attracting kids of the opposite sex and on dating itself, including looking as clean ad attractive as possible, being tactful, and giving that person a compliment, such as, "I like your tie!" The overall theme of this little gem is that having AS and High-Functioning autism is a POSITIVE thing. "Different is cool!
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By K. Gill on June 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
As the mother of an AS son, I've read plenty of books about Asperger Syndrome, and am quickly becoming an expert on all the buzzwords and checklists associated with AS. I cannot tell you how refreshing it was to read an upbeat, practical book about the challenges and rewards (yes, rewards!) of Asperger's, written by a cheerful teenager who lives in the AS world. Luke's lighthearted first-hand approach to a wide range of topics was a breath of fresh air after reading several helpful but rather scholarly books, all written from an 'outsider's' point of view. Thise guide is a must in any AS collection.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Marie J. Capiris on April 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a parent of a newly diagnoised adolescent with Aspergers, I am trying to read as much as I can get my hands on. This book is by far, one of the best. As I read, I had to constantly remind myself that the author was only 13 years old!! His writing style is amazing. He writes intellegently, passionately and with humor. I chuckled through many chapters. He offers discriptions of how it feels to be different,( "it's cool to be different") his everyday struggles and suggests how to cope. My 12 year old sleeps with the book under her pillow!! I wish I could give Luke Jackson a big hug.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on June 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Asperger's Syndrome or AS is a neurological condition that is on the spectrum as autism. It is NOT a mental illness. Luke Jackson, the young author of this sterling work gives a clear and pure voice of what "undefined behavioral/sensory differences" mean in terms of coping on a routine daily basis. Heightened sensory modes in addition to many of the behaviors that often accomopany AS such as rigid adherence to routines and/or ideas; social difficulties and literal interpretations of statements often stand out even more during puberty. This brilliant young man has presented a good case for nutrition and autism/Aspeger's; (a/A) several of his siblings exhibit varying degrees of spectrum behaviors.
Dr. Tony Attwood, an author and Asperger's specialist has contributed to this book. Dr. Attwood gives the Voice of Hope and the Stamp of Validity on Aspeger's. He provides clear, logical descriptions of spectrum behavior as well as clear, logical definitions of Asperger's and its neurological relationship to autism. Hats off to Dr. Attwood!
This is a book that will be cherished and used by parents, professionals, people with spectrum differences and people who are interested in spectrum differences. This invaluable book is for everybody!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alex K. Chen (Simfish InquilineKea) on August 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
As another teenager with Asperger's myself, I am fully cognizant of how this syndrome can produce tremendous difficulties socially. This book is a reflection of the difficulties that a young teenager faces in his being afflicted with Asperger's SYndrome. It is candid, articulate, and very poignant.

However, I would not necessarily call this book a complete guide for a person with Asperger's. Asperger's is a very personalized syndrome that varies from person to person and advice that may help one person with Asperger's may not help all with Asperger's. SOme advice in this book, (e.g., the inclusion of a chapter on a link between an allergy and Asperger's) is not necessarily helpful, but this is forgivible considering the age of the author. Other teens with Asperger's who read the book may even feel sympathy for the author (and for you neurotypicals reading this review, sympathy is not something that people with Asperger's develop innately) who has to undergo challenges that many teens with Asperger's face.

I actually think that neurotypicals could benefit the most from this book since it offers a view on how the person with Asperger's views the world (and it is much needed.
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More About the Author

Luke Jackson is author of the award-winning Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome, and A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He is 16 years old and has three sisters and three brothers. One of his brothers has AD/HD, one is autistic and Luke has Asperger Syndrome. The Jackson family are the inspiration for the forthcoming BBC2 drama Magnificent 7, starring Helena Bonham-Carter.

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