Mindful living with Asperger syndrome : everyday mindfulness practices to help you tune in to the present moment

By: Mitchell, Chris.
Publisher: London Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2014Description: 128 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781849054348.Subject(s): ASPERGER SYNDROME | AUTISM | ANXIETY | DEPRESSION | SENSORY ISSUES | EMOTIONS | MINDFULNESS | ALTERNATIVE THERAPY | MEDITATION | YOGA | MINDFULNESS | SELF ESTEEM
Contents:
Introduction: Mindfulness in a Secular Context 1. Asperger Comfort Zones: Bringing Asperger's Syndrome out of Automatic Pilot 2. Changeability of Asperger's Syndrome: Impermanence within Asperger Traits 3. Asperger's Syndrome in the Present Moment: Tuning the Effects of Asperger's Syndrome to the Present 4. Mindful Movement: Acknowledging Physical Capabilities and Limitations through Simple Stretching 5. Getting in Touch with Emotions: How to Be Mindful of your Emotions and Become Flexible Towards the Emotions of Others 6. Recognising Body Language: Releasing Tension and Understanding the Body within the Body 7. Managing Sensory Issues through Mindfulness: How to Notice when Autism-Related Sensory Issues Influence Thought Patterns by Opening to Them 8. Obsessions, Habits, Fixations and Thoughts: Trapped or in Control? 9. Refreshing Asperger's Syndrome: Expanding Sensory Experience Through Practicing Mindfulness of Walking 10. Steering the Raft through the Social World: You Can't Control the Social Flow, but You Can Adapt your Asperger's Syndrome to it 11. Mindfulness and Quality of Life: How I Feel that Mindfulness has Enabled Me to Tune In to Here and Now Through Applying Equanimity 12. Please Don't Rush: Finding Flow Here and Now Bibliography Useful Links and Contacts.
Summary: "Whether due to anxiety or the comfort of routine, people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) can often find that they are going through life on autopilot. This practical handbook provides advice and instruction on adopting a mindful way of living to help tune in to the present moment. Based on his own life experiences, travels and meditations, Chris Mitchell reflects on how mindfulness can help with common AS difficulties including negative thought patterns, emotional and sensory issues, and navigating the social world. Each chapter provides step-by-step mindfulness exercises that allow individuals with AS to overcome obstacles through awareness. Included are breathing exercises, simple yoga stretches, sitting, standing and walking meditations, visualisations, and easy ways to incorporate mindfulness techniques into daily activities such as eating, brushing your teeth or doing the dishes. By teaching how to live mindfully moment to moment, this book gives people with Asperger's Syndrome the key to relieving stress, increasing awareness, and living a healthier and happier life." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE
List(s) this item appears in: Asperger syndrome/ high functioning autism. July 2018 F | Managing anxiety in children and teens. Oct 2018 CM | Social anxiety June 2019 | Mindfulness June 2019 | Anxiety in adults. Updated Sept 2020 | Anxiety in autistic teens. Nov 2021
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Introduction: Mindfulness in a Secular Context
1. Asperger Comfort Zones: Bringing Asperger's Syndrome out of Automatic Pilot
2. Changeability of Asperger's Syndrome: Impermanence within Asperger Traits
3. Asperger's Syndrome in the Present Moment: Tuning the Effects of Asperger's Syndrome to the Present
4. Mindful Movement: Acknowledging Physical Capabilities and Limitations through Simple Stretching
5. Getting in Touch with Emotions: How to Be Mindful of your Emotions and Become Flexible Towards the Emotions of Others
6. Recognising Body Language: Releasing Tension and Understanding the Body within the Body
7. Managing Sensory Issues through Mindfulness: How to Notice when Autism-Related Sensory Issues Influence Thought Patterns by Opening to Them
8. Obsessions, Habits, Fixations and Thoughts: Trapped or in Control?
9. Refreshing Asperger's Syndrome: Expanding Sensory Experience Through Practicing Mindfulness of Walking
10. Steering the Raft through the Social World: You Can't Control the Social Flow, but You Can Adapt your Asperger's Syndrome to it
11. Mindfulness and Quality of Life: How I Feel that Mindfulness has Enabled Me to Tune In to Here and Now Through Applying Equanimity
12. Please Don't Rush: Finding Flow Here and Now
Bibliography
Useful Links and Contacts.

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"Whether due to anxiety or the comfort of routine, people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) can often find that they are going through life on autopilot. This practical handbook provides advice and instruction on adopting a mindful way of living to help tune in to the present moment. Based on his own life experiences, travels and meditations, Chris Mitchell reflects on how mindfulness can help with common AS difficulties including negative thought patterns, emotional and sensory issues, and navigating the social world. Each chapter provides step-by-step mindfulness exercises that allow individuals with AS to overcome obstacles through awareness. Included are breathing exercises, simple yoga stretches, sitting, standing and walking meditations, visualisations, and easy ways to incorporate mindfulness techniques into daily activities such as eating, brushing your teeth or doing the dishes. By teaching how to live mindfully moment to moment, this book gives people with Asperger's Syndrome the key to relieving stress, increasing awareness, and living a healthier and happier life." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE

Patron comment on 02/12/2015

Logical, covers techniques very clearly and helpfully.

Patron comment on 24/09/2015

The student I was working with would struggle to follow the instructions but I enjoyed reading it and picked up some ideas that I can break down.

Patron comment on 24/09/2015

I enjoyed reading it and picked out some ideas that I can use, although the student I'm working with would struggle to follow the instructions.

Patron comment on 20/05/2015

Intriguing book- mindfulness is a useful coping strategy and especially appropriate to address anxiety in ASD

Patron comment on

A very interesting introduction to mindfulness. Relevant to many people - not just those with Asperger Syndrome, and an easy, succinct read. I will now look at washing the dishes in a whole new light!

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