If you only buy one book to improve your life this year, make it this one. Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, Anita Lesko, Stephen M. Shore, and many other Aspie mentors, offer their personal guidance on coping with the daily stressors that Aspies have identified as being the most significant, in order of urgency - anxiety, self-esteem, change, meltdowns, depression, friendship, love, and much, much more. Based on years of personal experience, this book is packed with advice from Aspie mentors who have all been there and done that! World expert Dr. Tony Attwood rounds up each chapter with professional analysis and extensive recommendations. He includes essential information on destructive strategies that may look attractive, but that have counter-productive effects. Including full color artwork from Aspie artists showing visually how they interpret each stressor, this is THE inspirational guide to life for young adults, the newly diagnosed, and as a life-long reference for anyone on the spectrum - written by Aspies for Aspies.
Preface. The 17 Stressors. 1. Overcoming Anxiety. 2. Overcoming Poor Self-Esteem. 3. Accepting and Working with Change. 4. Living with Meltdowns. 5. Overcoming Depression. 6. Living with Sensory Issues. 7. Making and Keeping Friends. 8. Living with Personal Management Issues. 9. Understanding and Succeeding with Intimacy, Dating, Sex and Marriage. 10. Understanding and Expressing Emotions. 11. "Faking It". 12. Getting and Keeping a Job. 13. Disclosing a Diagnosis. 14. Bullying. 15. Choosing a Career. 16. 16. Improving Empathetic Attunement. 17. Should I be Tested for Asperger's/HFA? About the Aspie Mentors. Meet the Aspie Mentors. Contributing Artists. Appendix: The Survey Questionnaire. Links and Resources.