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Product Details

  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company (July 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931282935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931282932
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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<br /><br />"Turn to Life and Love when you’re ready to tackle new challenges. Here you’ll find thoughtful, practical solutions!" -- Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D., executive director, ASPIE School, author of Elijah’s Cup<br /><br />"Turn to Life and Love when you’re ready to tackle new challenges. Here you’ll find thoughtful, practical solutions!” --Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D., executive director, ASPIE School, author of Elijah’s Cup<br /><br />"What a gift! The first book I have read that simplifies life with autism without being simplistic." -- Dena L. Gassner, MSW, Center for Understanding<br /><br />“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<br /><br />“What a gift! The first book I have read that simplifies life with autism without being simplistic.” --Dena L. Gassner, MSW, Center for Understanding

“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

About the Author

Zosia Zaks has Asperger Syndrome. Although she completed her master’s degree in technical journalism from Polytechnic University in 2000 and held a variety of writing and editing jobs, it was various vocational and social challenges that led to her diagnosis at age 31. Now, with a clearer understanding of autism and how it impacts her life, Zosia has managed to face these challenges with creative ideas and innovative compromises. She now works as a heavy equipment operator in the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825. This type of work allows her to go from project to project and is concrete in nature. She also runs a website that allows visitors to customize jewelry. Additionally, she lectures and conducts workshops nationally on issues of importance to the autistic community; consults with families, couples, and adults on the spectrum to find ways to meet challenges based on autistic strengths; and serves on the Advisory Board of GRASP, the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership. She is married to her partner Gena. They live just outside New York City with their fifteen-month-old twin daughters, Ruby and Eislyn, and their cat, Zero.

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I recommend this book to those on the autism spectrum and to those who care about someone on the spectrum.
Patricia Robinson MFT
If you are an adult on the autism/Asperger's (a/A) spectrum, be sure to make this book one of your best friends.
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Ms. Zaks breaks down each area into bite sized pieces to help her audience deal with social and sensory issues.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 8, 2006
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Zosia Zaks, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 31, presents a "peer-to-peer" guide for fellow adults with Asperger's and high-functioning autism drawn from the creative strategies she has devised to cope since her childhood, in Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults. Chapters discuss practical means for handling sensory issues including strategies for navigation, how to facilitate maintaining a clean and orderly home, how to shop for necessities without becoming distracted or vulnerable to impulse purchases, health care and vocational challenges, issues to keep in mind when dating from health and safety concerns to inappropriate versus appropriate behavior, things to keep in mind when trying to make autism spectrum/non-spectrum relationships work, advice for when and how to disclose one's autism spectrum diagnosis, and much more. An utterly invaluable guide for autism-spectrum adults to dealing with the large and small trials of ordinary life one day at a time.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William B. Swift on June 24, 2008
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I agree with the other reviewers that this is an excellent book that should be read by everyone on the autism spectrum.

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.
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This book is well written and a wonderful tool for older teens on up to adults (on the autism spectrum) to help navigate the world. Many topics covered include: grocery shopping, renting an apartment, traveling, interviewing for a job, housekeeping, family relationships, dating relationships, friends etc. Ms. Zaks breaks down each area into bite sized pieces to help her audience deal with social and sensory issues. She has wonderful down to earth advice like keeping a sensory emergency pack on hand and being prepared for social interactions before they happen. Reading this as a "neuro-typical," I found this to be a terrific resource to help those on the spectrum become more independent by addressing their challenges directly. It's a wonderful book full of easy to follow tools and suggestions. I think every teen with Aspergers graduating high school (and those already out of high school) should obtain this book!! GREAT INSIGHT.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Robinson MFT on March 23, 2012
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Zosia Zaks, an adult on the autism spectrum, as well as an accomplished journalist, has written a number of insightful and informative pieces on the topics of autism and Asperger's. Her most comprehensive work to date is the book Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OT on March 3, 2011
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This book is a must-have for adults with autism spectrum disorders and professionals who work with adolescents transitioning to adulthood. Zosia tells it like it is and provides every detail of the hidden curriculum that most people would not even consider teaching someone. Amidst all the how-to details of daily life, Zosia provides excellent examples of misunderstandings that may occur between neurotypical individuals and those on the autism spectrum. I expect to use this book frequently in my work with individuals with high functioning autism and Asperger's.
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