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Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

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Part of the Reading Well scheme. 27 books selected by young people and health professionals to provide 13 to 18 year olds with high-quality support, information and advice about common mental health issues and related conditions.

Winner of the NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award 2003

Have you ever been called a freak or a geek? Have you ever f
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 15th 2002 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (first published August 1st 2002)
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Lolly K Dandeneau
Aug 17, 2008 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it it was amazing
I had a lot of hesitation about allowing my son to be labeled, for the most part we did it for legal purposes when he was 7 so the school couldn't force him into 'special' classes and it's been a good choice. We ended up having him fully evaluated by a medical team of psychologists, pediatricians, etc and not through the school. My son is now entering the 7th grade in the gifted program, him being a student all those years ago they just wanted to push out because while his IQ was far above avera ...more
Joyce
Aug 18, 2016 Joyce rated it really liked it
Shelves: autism
Public library book. Written by a 13-year old, which is awesome, meaning it is understandable and practical.

This book is amazing! If you want to know what it's like inside a 13-year old with Asperger Syndrome (AS), living in a family with both AS kids and non-AS kids (five total), going to school, socializing (or not) .. this is the book for you. Luke covers a myriad of topics in a conversational tone, which is amazing for some on the autism spectrum --amazing because non-AS people have stereoty
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Claudia
Apr 02, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it
What an interesting look at Asperger Syndrome, or AS....The author, Luke Jackson, is 13, and has AS...he writes with humor, logic, and sensitivity about lots of issues that affect all teens and children, but have special challenges for AS youngsters.

He puts us in his shoes, explaining what the 'symptoms' feel like...he describes the sensory sensitivities and his strategies for living with these sensitivities.

I appreciated the way he would stop and give tips for other AS kids, as well as teachers
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Tammy
Sep 04, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
This should be on every educator's reading list. We don't all think alike, and this book, written by a 13-year old AS (Asperger Syndrome) boy helped me understand how he is "wired" differently. Excerpt:
Luke Jackson, author, narrator describes a scene wherein he is daydreaming in math class...

"I glance up and see the formidable form of the teacher. He towers over me, arms folded, the pungent mixture of sweat and after-shave filling my nostrils [extra sensitivity to sensory input is common among
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Sharni Benson
Aug 20, 2013 Sharni Benson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book and I recommend it for anyone to read. It is different from your usual non-fiction books. He specifically does not fill the book with facts but writes it more like a biography. It more about "this is what it is like living with autism spectrum disorder and here's how you can make things easier for us". He doesn't claim to know it all and frequently reminds you that he is only 13 so has a lot more to learn but he writes it so well.
It is quite humourous too, with a list of id
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Kleio
Aug 28, 2016 Kleio rated it liked it
I have ASD myself and while this was an interesting read, it was tedious at times. Luke Jackson is by no means a brilliant writer and tends to repeat himself and add assurances and small things that made getting to the point hard and sometimes frustrating. I also did not enjoy the section on gluten-free food and felt it didn't fit with what I wanted out of the book (which was mainly a view of what AS was like as I was in the process of being diagnosed at the time and I was 17). Also, the large s ...more
Andie
Jul 25, 2016 Andie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Written by then-13-year old Luke Jackson with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome diagnosis, this is less of a narrative than a conversational chapter-by-chapter guide and discussion to various topics that may be of interest to a young teen. The tone does make it an easy read with just enough information interspersed with descriptions of how the author experiences them.

However, this same writing style does make it difficult as a neurotypical adult reader to remain engaged -- constant reminders of "
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Ki
Dec 15, 2009 Ki rated it really liked it
It isn't as informative as those big list and study books out there--but this book is a must read for so many other reasons.

Jackson wrote the book at the age of 13 and he actually has Aspergers. You can get a really good look at what goes on in their world, not only by his frank stories and admonitions, but just by his writing style.

He's a one of a kind kid too. I'm very glad I got to read the book and get to know a little bit about what it's like to live that life.
Robert C.
Jan 22, 2015 Robert C. rated it liked it
Shelves: knowledge
Started on Saturday, finished on Sunday (and now't to do with Solomon Grundy).

So, here is another memoir from someone with Asperger's Syndrome (or Asperger Syndrome (AS) as it is referred to here).

This one is written by a thirteen year old boy that seems to come from a family with multiple autists (is that a word?) including his mother.

I suppose that this gives him a unique opportunity to write this book for other teenagers that have difficulty adjusting to a world largely composed of people who
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Jeff
Apr 23, 2009 Jeff rated it did not like it
Annoying writing - preachy at best whiney at worst. Advocated the opinion that the person with the issue is the only one that can tell what ways one should deal with this issue. I know the book will be used to say various methods (diet, martial arts, pressure therapy) worked(?) for him so everyone has to jump on the bandwagon (take that Luke!) Seemed very shallow(!) and hardly worth the time to read.
Jennifer Hughes
This book was written as a kind of a self-help manual from one teen with Asperger's Syndrome to other kids who have it. It was charming and well-written. It gave me new insights into the mind of someone with Asperger's. You must read this if you have a child or teen with Asperger's. Also see his mother's story. It's amazing as well.
Debra
Sep 04, 2016 Debra rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for all parents and teachers of Asperger's Syndrome students to read. It gave me some great insights into my granddaughter. This should be in every school professional library and every public library.

After my husband reads it, I will send it to my granddaughter, who is the same age that Luke was when he wrote it.

The only drawback is that he is from the United Kingdom and does have some British language usage that might be a problem for some readers.

I had to ask to hav
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Emily
Feb 09, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
Author Luke Jackson is a 13-year-old British boy with Asperger Syndrome. He has written this book in order to help AS kids understand themselves, and help parents and caregivers understand their charges. As such, it is an invaluable resource. Luke writes with clarity and humor, explaining from the inside of an AS mind why these kids do what they do, and validating their feelings and struggles. Except for some British slang and idioms, any of my AS clients would find his work understandable and r ...more
Norma
Apr 28, 2016 Norma rated it it was amazing
I like it and mostly I like that it gives you 13 year old asperger perspective
Katie
Jan 11, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: interest in Autism
I started to read this book partly because it is on the reading list for my autism course and partly as I have heard that it is a must read when working with those with autism. Luke is a very likeable narrator who tells it like it is with regards to his passions, interests and his take on life. He admits that he is not perfect and I feel very brave, talking in a very honest way about his own and his families lives. It is not like a textbook like most other books on my reading list which are dens ...more
Jeanne
May 21, 2013 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents of Autistic kids, Autistic Teens, Teachers, Writers Planning to write Autistic characters
I would recommend this book to parents, teachers and especially Autistic kids, no matter where they are on the spectrum. Luke not only provides invaluable insight into how AS affects his life, but how Autism affects the lives of his two younger brothers. He also provides helpful, bullet point, lists on how to manage everything from sleeping, homework and even dating.

The title is quite apt, because this is truly a guide to handling many of the challenges teens with Autism face on a daily basis.
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Daniela
Dec 11, 2011 Daniela rated it really liked it
So this is another book written by an author within the spectrum of autism, Aspergers Syndrom. He is only 13 years old and so writes from the view point of a teenager, with the language of a teenager and the compulsions of a teenager with Aspergers. He descibes his family and everything he writes about in detail yet it is quite obvious by his writing style, that he is very factual. Not once did I feel sorry for him nor his brothers (who are also autistic and more so than him). This is in fact an ...more
Lia
Jul 29, 2009 Lia rated it liked it
Shelves: autism
I would love to read a review of this book by an adolescent with AS. Luke Jackson does a good job of presenting himself, his personality comes across throughout the entire book. Which is, actually, part of the reason I didn't like it as much as I could have.

This book is full of insight about AS and autism in general, helping me to understand the AS people in my life. It is also full of parenthetical disclaimers (after all, I don't know everything! I'm only thirteen years old!) that started to we
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Andi
Oct 01, 2011 Andi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents, teens with Aspergers, anyone working with children
Recommended to Andi by: A clinical psychologist
I have given this book 5 stars. I liked it for lots of reasons, and considering it was written by a boy of 13 who obviously has many other things going on in his life, it's fantastic.

I have a daughter of 11 currently being assessed for Asperger Syndrome, and I read this to find out more about Aspergers from the point of view of a child who lives with it. That is exactly what this book gives. It's a clear, no-jargon, honest account of life with Aspergers from the point of view of a 13 year old bo
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Mikaela Suomalainen
Nov 10, 2012 Mikaela Suomalainen rated it it was amazing
Freaks Geeks & Aspergers syndrome by Luke Jackson
Date read: 2012-10-09 (ISO date)
Review written to Dropbox waiting for publishing at GoodReads: 2012-10-09 & 2012-10-10

Good book. It's nice to know other people have experiences with bullying and AS too.

I have probably even experienced that sexual bullying which the author hasn't if that is what bully telling you to "look at " and playing adult content on it and then explaining that they were trying to convert me as "hetero sexual".

It seems
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Michael Jones
Feb 04, 2013 Michael Jones rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
If I had had a book like this one when I was thirteen, it would have changed my life.

That's not to say that I think the book is perfect - I think it could have stood a little bit of gentle editorial help to smooth out some of the rough edges. I think Luke could have dispensed with the self-depreciating stuff like "After all, I'm only thirteen" and "I don't know how it is in other countries, but..." and just communicated what life is like for him and what he does know. Then again, maybe his way o
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Carol Peters
Sep 11, 2016 Carol Peters rated it really liked it
A 13-yr-old UK boy with two autistic brothers writes seriously & entertainingly about being other, aka not the so-called neurotypical. Because autistics interpret language literally, Luke finds great pleasure in using idioms like pigs might fly & pie in the sky. The book is a quick read & very well done. Luke's repetitive in a useful way — things I know about autistics seem clearer than before & worthy of more respect than I've been giving them.
Becca
Mar 25, 2014 Becca rated it really liked it
Shelves: autism-books
Luke Jackson's writing style takes a bit to get used to, because he is a 13-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome. He most likely writes exactly the way he speaks, which in my experience is quite common in the AS population. This book is a great first-hand view of what it is like to live as a teenage boy with autism. It is a guide for individuals living in that world, as well as for others who are helping said individuals cope with the challenges of everyday life. Very well-written and insightful, ...more
Sally
Jun 03, 2016 Sally rated it it was amazing
Just what we and our daughter needed. She is 13 and has recently been diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism. Refreshing to read a book written by a 13yo - the view from inside the mind of a person with Asperger's. Luke is from a large family in England and is not the only sibling with difficulties, which helps with his perspective. Transition to secondary school is a stressful time and much harder for AS children, as we can attest. Luke offers lots of useful advice for AS people and those worki ...more
Debs
Sep 17, 2015 Debs rated it it was amazing
Great book, a must read for all teachers.

If you have ever wondered if your partner, child, sibling, friend is Aspergers this book will help you understand them better and behave towards them in a kinder way.
If you are an Aspie this book will help you to understand why you may get adverse reactions to your actions and why people get cross or frustrated with you.
If you are a parent of an Aspie kid then encourage them to read this book and make sure you read it. I found it quiet uncomfortable at
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Jay
Dec 07, 2008 Jay rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: youth on the autistic spectrum and people around them
Fantastic user guide for youth on the autistic spectrum. The writing and ideas are excellent.
It would be useful for making sense of it (especially for literal spectrum kids) to know that the writer is from England and only 13, so there are some jokes and advice that don't translate exactly to other cultural contexts.

I was particularly impressed by the author's ability to speak from his own experience while including others' views and experiences without overgeneralizing. I also really appreciat
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Erica
Jan 17, 2011 Erica rated it really liked it
Luke Jackson has Asperger Syndrome. He is the thirteen year old author of this "how-to" kind of book. He describes himself as being a little obsessive about certain things, (computers and video games) and totally clueless about others, (facial expressions, or why rules change according to circumstances.) He wrote the book to help other kids with Asperger Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) realize that they are OK, and for adults to understand what it's like to have some autism. Insightfu ...more
Leslie Todd
Dec 29, 2009 Leslie Todd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a fantastic book by a thirteen year old with Asperger Syndrome. As soon as I finish reading it I plan to read it to my son.

The book is written as a self-help book for teens who have AS or Autism, but also has explanations for teachers, parents and others. I especially like the parts where he details how his thinking processes work. It explains so much.

The author also goes into details about variations on the syndrome that he has not personally experienced, so it does cover more than jus
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Helen
Apr 03, 2011 Helen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-books-read
I bought this book for a project I was doing at University and wanted some background research into Aspergers Syndrome.

For my art project at university I illustrated The Curious Incident of The Dog in Night Time. The main character Christopher has aspergers syndrome.

I only later read Freaks Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome after I had finished university but I was really impressed with the material.

Luke is very insightful, I love his confidence. The book is easy to follow, it’s humorous and clever.
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E.J. Plows
Jun 14, 2015 E.J. Plows rated it it was amazing
This is my autism bible. I have two autistic boys and I always refer to Luke's advice and experiences. My son even takes it to school with him for reading time.
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