Luke Jackson's unabridged and sparkling sequel to his best-selling user guide to adolescence Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome is the must-read handbook for teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum. With devastating clarity, Luke focuses on the pitfalls involved in navigating the transition to adulthood, and the challenges of adult life. He covers everything from bullying and drugs to socialising, sex, negotiating relationships, and finding and keeping your first job.
1. Introduction. 1.1. Meet the Family. 1.2. A Layman's Guide to Asperger's. 1.3. Sensory Issues and Autism. 2. Pitfalls of Adolescence and Beyond. 2.1. Under Pressure. 2.2. Spoken Peer Pressure. 2.3. Unspoken Peer Pressure. 2.4. Coping with it All. 3. Work and Education. 3.1. Further Education and the After School Club. 3.2. Higher Education, Whatever That Is. 4. Bullying. 4.1. ...And How It Still Happens. 4.2. Preventative Measures. 4.3. Confidence is Key. 5. Going Out and Staying In. 5.1. New Places and New Faces. 5.2. Staying In: The Calm After the Storm. 5.3. Upping Your Dating Game. 6. Sex and Relationships. 6.1. Big Dumb Sex. 6.2. Relationships and How to Cope. 7. Growing Up. 7.1. Out with the Old and In with the New. 7.2. Employment and Coping with Unemployment. 8. Final Thoughts. Further Reading. Index.