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Raising Martians from crash-landing to leaving home : how to help a child with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism

By: Muggleton, Joshua.
Publisher: London Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012Description: 238 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781849050029.Subject(s): AUTISM | ASPERGER SYNDROME | PARENTING | SELF STIMULATION | CHILDREN
Contents:
Foreword by Tony Attwood. Introduction: Who Am I? 1. Aspergers Syndrome: Welcome to Mars! 2. Mental Health: Where Normal Isn't a Setting on a Washing Machine 3. The Five Senses (Plus Two) 4. Stimming, Obsessions, and Rituals: Some of Our More Noticeable Behaviour Explained 5. Friendships and Social Situations: Your Heaven, Our Hell 6. Shopping, Travelling and Holidays: Out and About in a Scary World 7. School: The Survival Guide. 8. Bullying: When Being Different Isn't Cool 9. Toolbox: Popular Problems and Helpful Hints Index.
Summary: "Joshua Muggleton knows from personal experience what it is like to grow up feeling like 'a Martian marooned on planet Earth'. Now 22 and studying psychology at the University of St. Andrews, he combines his insights into what it means to have Asperger Syndrome (AS) with his scientific knowledge of the autism spectrum to write an invaluable guide for parents and teachers. Opening with the very basics of what autism is, Joshua covers mental health, sensory issues, obsessions and rituals, friendships and social situations, and shopping, travelling, and holidays, before tackling what is arguably the biggest challenge of any Aspie child's life: school - and with it, bullying, homework, and other challenges. Providing the inside track on Asperger Syndrome in childhood, he describes practical ways in which parents and teachers can help, and offers a wealth of advice and helpful hints and tips for approaching common difficulties." - PUBLISHERS WEBSITEReview: Joshua, a prospective clinical psychologist, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was 15. Since then he has been invited to give talks to parents, teachers and other professionals. He had been asked constantly if he had written a book. Raising Martians is the result of him “getting tired of saying no”. Joshua has written this book based on his experience as a person with AS and also from the perspective of a student of psychology. This very readable book explains what Asperger syndrome is, the behaviours that may be exhibited by a person with Asperger’s and how that person may experience the world. Joshua also explains why certain things such as bullying may happen to them and why they respond as they do. From there Joshua talks about everyday life and activities, how the person with Asperger’s may feel about them and how the family can help make experiences such as going on holiday, starting a new school, and dealing with social situations less stressful and hopefully even pleasurable. The final chapter, entitled toolbox consists of questions and answers such as” My child doesn’t want to mix with other children- what should I do?” And “My son is a fussy eater. He’s underweight but not dangerously so. Should I be worried?” This is a very practical and reassuring book for family and the person with Asperger syndrome alike.
List(s) this item appears in: Autism 12-16 Freebook May 2017 | Asperger syndrome and children Dec 2017 | Asperger syndrome and young women. August 2017 | Social skills for teens with high functioning autism. Sept 2017 | Teen Life Programme - Session 1 | To read
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Foreword by Tony Attwood. Introduction: Who Am I?
1. Aspergers Syndrome: Welcome to Mars!
2. Mental Health: Where Normal Isn't a Setting on a Washing Machine
3. The Five Senses (Plus Two)
4. Stimming, Obsessions, and Rituals: Some of Our More Noticeable Behaviour Explained
5. Friendships and Social Situations: Your Heaven, Our Hell
6. Shopping, Travelling and Holidays: Out and About in a Scary World
7. School: The Survival Guide. 8. Bullying: When Being Different Isn't Cool
9. Toolbox: Popular Problems and Helpful Hints
Index.

"Joshua Muggleton knows from personal experience what it is like to grow up feeling like 'a Martian marooned on planet Earth'. Now 22 and studying psychology at the University of St. Andrews, he combines his insights into what it means to have Asperger Syndrome (AS) with his scientific knowledge of the autism spectrum to write an invaluable guide for parents and teachers. Opening with the very basics of what autism is, Joshua covers mental health, sensory issues, obsessions and rituals, friendships and social situations, and shopping, travelling, and holidays, before tackling what is arguably the biggest challenge of any Aspie child's life: school - and with it, bullying, homework, and other challenges. Providing the inside track on Asperger Syndrome in childhood, he describes practical ways in which parents and teachers can help, and offers a wealth of advice and helpful hints and tips for approaching common difficulties." - PUBLISHERS WEBSITE

Joshua, a prospective clinical psychologist, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was 15. Since then he has been invited to give talks to parents, teachers and other professionals. He had been asked constantly if he had written a book. Raising Martians is the result of him “getting tired of saying no”.
Joshua has written this book based on his experience as a person with AS and also from the perspective of a student of psychology.
This very readable book explains what Asperger syndrome is, the behaviours that may be exhibited by a person with Asperger’s and how that person may experience the world. Joshua also explains why certain things such as bullying may happen to them and why they respond as they do.
From there Joshua talks about everyday life and activities, how the person with Asperger’s may feel about them and how the family can help make experiences such as going on holiday, starting a new school, and dealing with social situations less stressful and hopefully even pleasurable.
The final chapter, entitled toolbox consists of questions and answers such as” My child doesn’t want to mix with other children- what should I do?” And “My son is a fussy eater. He’s underweight but not dangerously so. Should I be worried?”
This is a very practical and reassuring book for family and the person with Asperger syndrome alike.

Patron comment on 15/03/2016

A really good practical guide to helping us deal with our autistic son.

Patron comment on 25/02/2015

I took lots of notes. I could really relate to everything that happens in this book. So reassuring and empowering!

Patron comment on

This is a really great book witten in an honest, informative and straightforward way with lots of good tips and advice. I think it will help parents, teachers and carers to really understand what it is like for people with Aspergers and why. It would be particularly useful for those working with slightly older children, teenagers, young adults but it is a valuable read for all and a useful insider's guide for those living with Asperger's syndrome. It is a very positive book despite covering some difficult topics. Excellent.

Patron comment on

An excellent book. A good reading for anon-professional like me but still very helpful and informative. I have a 12 yeard old Asperger's High-functioning autistic grandson who stays frequently with me. The book was a big help to understand him!! Thanks.

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