Dan Jones is a married, autistic YouTuber and personal development coach with an obsession for hypnosis. This expanded second edition contain a new chapter written by his wife about what it is like to be in a relationship with someone with Asperger's Syndrome
Look Into My Eyes is an autobiography of one man's life through the lens of Asperger's syndrome - a high-functioning form of autism spectrum disorder. This second edition includes an additional chapter by Dan Jones wife about what it is like to be in a relationship with someone with Asperger's Syndrome.
As a small child Dan knew he was different to other children, they would want to play football and interact with each other, he would want to crawl around searching for snails keeping himself to himself. Dan found his own coping strategies to manage his anxieties, discovering meditation as an eight year old, and hypnosis as a teenager.
A helpful and insightful read for parents of children with Asperger's
This book offers a rare insight into what it is like to live with Asperger's. Dan has a unique perspective; not only does he have Asperger's, but a large part of his professional life has been spent working with people with autism and their carers.
Through this book you will be taken into Dan's world, from birth to adulthood, through his experiences of the world around him, exploring what has been helpful, and what hasn't. Dan is open and honest about both the positive and negative aspects of himself, and shares how Asperger’s has impacted on all areas of his life & what he has done to address the challenges he faces.
Asperger's wasn't used as a diagnostic term until the mid-1990's, by which time Dan was leaving school and moving into the world of work. Until recent years Dan disliked diagnostic labels because of the way people would take the label and turn it into an identity which would dis-empower them. He also saw parents and carers do this with their children where they wouldn't address things, instead they would blame the label for undesirable aspects of their child's behaviours. What changed for Dan was his experience of being discriminated against. He realised that having a diagnosis may help him challenge the way he was being treated by giving him access to occupational health support. Following his diagnosis he started to reflect on his life and realised many things could have gone differently had he been diagnosed sooner.
"Having Asperger’s can be overwhelming. Every moment can be a sensory overload. I can be walking through a town centre and I will be hearing jarring sounds of machines, and cars, and the chaos of hundreds of different voices, and movement coming from everywhere, having to dodge people, constantly having to try to adapt to people stopping and starting, darting my attention from face to face, and to dogs people are walking, and to movement of signs, and flashes of sunlight off windows, and objects people are carrying. Normally my only escape is to go into my mind and shut out as much as possible. I have tried to convey this chaos and sensory assault through my writing."
The magic of learning hypnosis
The event which transformed Dan's life the most growing up was watching Paul McKenna on TV. This triggered a lifelong interest in hypnosis - the study of communication skills. Dan shares the impact hypnosis has had on his life and what it is that hypnosis has taught him.
Dan wrote this book with the aim of giving hope to parents of those with Asperger's, to educate those who interact with people with Asperger's, and to give hope, tips and strategies to those with Asperger's.