Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships
Release Date:15 Mar 2008

Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships

Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

“This book is essential reading to understand the social abilities of adults with Asperger's syndrome. The contributors each have different personalities and experiences, but together they provide a range of strategies to encourage people with Asperger's syndrome to achieve the social relationships they desire.”

- Professor Tony Attwood

Social interaction among neurotypical people is complex and in many ways illogical. To the person with Asperger Syndrome (AS) it is also woefully unintuitive. In this book, adults with AS discuss social relationships, offer advice and support for others with AS and provide necessary insights into AS perspectives for those working and interacting with them.

The contributors evaluate a range of social contexts and relationship aspects, including:

  • online relationships - a worldwide social network based on non-verbal communication,
  • the unwritten rules of neurotypical socialising,
  • the need for mutual understanding between those with AS and neurotypicals,
  • the effects of struggling socially on one's self-esteem and frame of mind, and
  • the opportunities provided by social skills workshops or interest groups.

This is essential reading for adults with AS, their family and friends, as well as service providers and other professionals providing support for people with AS in adult life.

I would strongly recommend this series for: adults with AS, their family and friends, service providers, employment services, career advisors and companies employing or looking to employ individuals with AS and other professionals supporting people with AS in adult life. Good Autism Practice
Sound advice for others with AS, as well as those involved with them socially, interpersonally or as employers or colleagues. Extremely readable and highly informative. Human Givens
This is an invaluable guide to the intricacies of relationships for those people who have got Aspergers – however, it also acts as great tool for those people who want to understand Aspergers. There has been so much written for children with Aspergers, that this book is a breath of fresh air as it looks at the impacts that Asprergers has on adults.
Genevieve Edmonds is an adult with Asperger Syndrome who is a consultant, trainer and writer in the field of autism. She is trained to postgraduate level in Autism. She consults and trains across the UK aiming to help society see Asperger Syndrome and Autism as differences not to be “fixed” and changed but to be respected and supported. She has co-written three books on Asperger Syndrome: The Asperger Love Guide, The Asperger Social Guide (Sage Publications) and A Self Determined Future with Asperger Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). Luke Beardon is Senior Lecturer in Autism at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Preface to the Series / Genevieve Edmonds

Introduction / Luke Beardon

1 One-Channel Communication: Developing Social Relations Online / Chris Mitchell

2 Developing a Better Social Understanding / Steve Jarvis

3 The Difficulty of Social Contact and the Impact on My Mental Health / Hazel D.L. Pottage

4 Social Relationships for People with Asperger Syndrome: How to Help People Understand / Giles Harvey

5 Social Relationships and the Communication Problem / Neil Shepherd

6. Social Relationships and Social Inclination / Alexandra Brown

7 The Social World and Me / Kamlesh Pandya

8 Aspie Village: A Web-Based Social Forum / Dean Worton

9 Understanding and Enjoying Successful Social Relationships / Wendy Lawson

10 Socialising 101 for Aspies / Liane Holliday-Willey

11 Making Friends is Not Easy / PJ Hughes

12 Social Relationships I've Had and From Which I've Learned / Vicky Bliss

13 Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships: My Experiences and Observations / Anne Henderson

14 A Stranger in a Strange Land: A Journey Through the Social Weirdness of the Neurotypical / Cornish

List of Contributors


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