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Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth

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The world's Aspie mentors pass on their insights for successful living! Temple Grandin, Anita Lesko, Liane Holliday Willey, Jennifer O'Toole and many others, offer words of wisdom on coping with key stressors such as self-esteem, employment, friendship, and love. Based on their personal experience, this book is chock full of advice from Aspie mentors who have all been ther ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published February 21st 2014 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dani Shuping
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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One of the most difficult aspects of being diagnosed with Asperger’s latter in life isn’t learning about yourself, but learning ways to deal with the world around you as an adult, since much of the literature and support is for children. That situation though is slowly changing thanks in large part to people like Dr. Tony Attwood and Temple Grandin, who have stepped up, spoken out, and shared their stories and advice to help people. This book adds yet another
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I'm glad I took my time to read this one and I will probably re-read it several times to make sure the messages "stick."
There is plenty of useful advice in here, personal experiences, anecdotes, examples and practical help on everyday matters and struggles for Aspies.
I was especially interested in the chapters on anxiety of course, one of the more pressing issues most people on the spectrum deal with on a daily basis.
A very well rounded book with many different takes, opinions and suggestions
Violet Raven
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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My most highly recommended go-to guidebook for anyone on the spectrum. This is a clear concise and well presented manual (the life manual that so many feel we should be provided with at birth!) with plenty of advice from mentors and a segment at the end of each chapter with advice by Tony Attwood, a leading expert in autism, and includes a section with advice for parents.

Each area of difficulty is taken individually so the book can be referenced quickly for a specific issue e.g. Anxiety or Sens
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is organized according to the 17 ranked issues that cause stress to someone with Asperger's syndrome/ASD, which are reflected each in their own chapter, with multiple vignettes followed by Dr. Attwood's advice regarding that particular issue. It was informative and interesting, although I'd like more of a balance between the vignettes (plentiful) and more information from Dr. Attwood and the current literature on the various issues.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Practical advice and a variety of voices. This book could make someone on the spectrum feel less alone. The book was well-organized, honing in on the issues people surveyed deemed most important first. In each chapter, a variety of people on the spectrum gave advice on a topic and then the chapter concluded with a summary and references from Tony Attwood.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
As far as practical advice for many of the challenges those on the Autism Spectrum face, I found this an informative and easy to read book. The advice comes from others on the Spectrum, so is especially helpful.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely of value and an important read, just a little difficult to read in some places. As an Autistic, I found a lot of jumping around in styles (due to the nature of the book) quite tiring and a little hard to read.
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May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: autism, read-in-2017
Nerdy Nerd
Sep 13, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF it's very good but life got busy.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Infinite value this book. 'Read date' is a misnomer as it is something I still pick up every day or two and te recap a piece.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
extremely informative but like everything else I've been reading, it's nothing new and all about common sense and being observant. Attwood and Grandin are probably the best go-to authors to learn about Asperger's and things to be mindful of and skills to develop to adapt to the world around us.
Renate Eveline
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and well structured! Clear guidance on the seventeen most important stressors for "Aspies", ranging from themes as sensory issues, faking it to depression. Personal insight from different mentors and advice from Tony Attwood. Extremely helpful!
Sean Sperling
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. A must-read for anyone who has had to ask themselves 'the question.'
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of useful information and advice, although the format (lots of short essays by lots of different people) means some of the content is inevitably a bit superficial.
Katharine Holden
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Practical advice from multiple perspectives.
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Tony Attwood is an English psychologist who lives in Queensland, Australia and is an author of several books on Asperger's Syndrome. He received an honours degree in psychology from the University of Hull, an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey, and a Ph.D. from University College London under Uta Frith. His book, Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, pr ...more