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Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults Paperback – July 11, 2006
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“Her kind and organized style helps to lessen anxiety and assist readers in gaining independence.” --Pat Schissel, CSW, president, AHA/AS/PDD, parent of an adult with Asperger Syndrome, and adjunct faculty, Long Island University, C.W. Post
“What a gift! The first book I have read that simplifies life with autism without being simplistic.” --Dena L. Gassner, MSW, Center for Understanding
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The only drawback is that she writes from the viewpoint of her own particular disabilities. Several times she suggested getting help from others, which was useless for me since approaching others is my biggest problem. She also spent a greater part of the book going on about sensory issues - some autists have few sensory problems until they are already stressed from other issues.
The most helpful part of the book for me was the sections on dealing with "Executive functioning" issues - bathing, doing dishes, cleaning house - regularly. I had made significant improvement on some areas before reading it, but it helped me to see why I had so much trouble, and to extend my improvement to other areas.
Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults is an insider's guide to many aspects of life on the autism spectrum. Zosia Zaks has a master's degree in Technical Journalism, and, like many adults with Asperger's Syndrome, was not diagnosed with Asperger's until the age of 31. In the first half of the book, entitled, "Life", Zaks takes on concrete and straightforward topics such as the practicalities of managing sensory issues, household chores, shopping, travel and healthcare. From her insider perspective, the author gives step by step instructions and detailed tips for a number of situations, like putting together a sensory emergency kit of items such as sunglasses and headphones, or sample schedules for managing clutter and organizing the home. This is the kind of practical, step-by-step information that will be useful for those who are struggling with the details of daily life. There's also some brief but concrete and specific advice for attaining career success, including choosing an appropriate job and managing social issues at the office.
The second half of the book, entitled, "Love", is where Zaks shows her full range as a writer and the book really comes to life. The "Love" section of the book focuses on relationships, from friendship, to dating, to committed partnerships. Zaks skillfully shifts back and forth from abstract concepts, such as falling in love, to concrete tools like defining acceptable and unacceptable behaviors.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the way this is written. No wasted words to weigh you down. There are simple, practical rules about appropriate behavior in social situations. Glad I bought this book.Published 20 months ago by D. Ames
This is for those who are on the low functioning end of the spectrum. I ordered this and wished that I would have inter library loaned it first. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Suzanne Swanson
This book is a great tool for helping teens and adults on the spectrum to achieve independence. Lots of great ideas.Published on August 16, 2013 by AG
if you have a child with autism, or are simply interested in their lives, this is a good place to start.Published on January 28, 2013 by tennessee lady
Thank you so much. The book I purchased from you arrived in a short amount of time and in perfect condition. You are wonderful seller to purchase books from!Published on June 1, 2010 by Elena